Biology Department Head: University of Oregon


University of Oregon

Date Posted: 1/23/2024
City: Eugene
State: Oregon
Primary Category: Biology
Type of Position: Department Head

Description & Details:

The University of Oregon, Department of Biology, is searching for a new Department Head. An ideal candidate will have broad interest in engaging a diverse department that includes the Institutes of Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Marine Biology. A strong record of research impact and mentorship is required, and the candidate’s research focus should complement and advance the expertise of the department and university. The candidate will be dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education at a public university and will strongly support and enhance the DEI mission of the department. The Department Head will take leadership roles spanning research, teaching, and administration, and will help in building a healthy and respectful community, including recruiting and supporting all faculty, staff, and students. The position will be for a term of five years with the possibility of renewal. The applicant should currently be in a position equivalent to a Full Professor.


• Terminal degree in Biology, or equivalent degree in a related field (e.g. PhD, MD).
• Twelve years experience post-terminal degree, or rank of Full Professor or equivalent held at another institution.

To Apply:

Follow this link:

With your online application, please upload:

  1. Cover letter (up to 2 pages).
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Research statement that discusses: (i) the impact of previous research, (ii) future research goals (including plans for obtaining funding), and (iii) how the research plan complements and enhances the research mission within the Department of Biology and the University of Oregon (up to 3 pages).
  4. Leadership statement that covers: (i) leadership experience, broadly defined, including but not limited to department administration, interdisciplinary multi-investigator grants, graduate training grants, and other complex oversight roles, (ii) the candidate’s approach to addressing challenges, considering various perspectives and outcomes, and finding practical solutions, and (iii) the vision in working collaboratively with the diverse faculty, staff, and students of the Biology Department (up to 3 pages).
  5. Teaching philosophy and vision statement that includes: (i) previous experience with modernizing curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse student body, (ii) experience with mentoring and training within and beyond the lab, and (iii) vision for working collaboratively to elevate the undergraduate and graduate educational mission, including expanding student interest, retention, and diversity within the Department (up to 2 pages).
  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement that highlights: (i) knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of DEI; (ii) a track record of engagement in activities that advance DEI; and (iii) vision for engaging with departmental, university, and other interest groups to advance DEI in the Department of Biology (up to 2 pages).

Reference information will be requested later in the review process, upon advancement to the short list of candidates.

Inquiries regarding the search can be sent to Judi McDonald (


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