The Search Advisory Committee seeks nominations and applications for the position of Department Head of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2021. Members of the university community may either self-nominate or nominate potential candidates for the position of Department Head. Candidates must be tenured and hold the rank of professor at Texas A&M University. Nominees will be contacted to request that they apply.
The Department Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the newly formed Department and as an advocate for the Department’s academic, research, extension, and service programs. The Head reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The position provides leadership and support for a broad range of faculty initiatives to include the following: enhancing and expanding undergraduate and graduate education; increasing contributions to knowledge and science through extramurally-funded research; fostering professional development and collegiality; promoting interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty; securing additional resources; strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups; promoting extension, outreach, and other forms of information transfer; and enhancing communication of science‐based findings to inform public policy and private decision makers
The newly established RWFM department is a group of applied faculty members from the former Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC), Ecosystem Sciences and Management (ESSM), and current Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences (RPTS). The position of Professor and Head for RWFM offers a unique opportunity to chart the course for an applied and forward-looking natural resource program at a major Land Grant university. Areas of influence range from research focus areas, teaching programs and degrees, and extension engagement opportunities through the redirection and hiring of additional faculty in meeting the current mission and vision for the department.
The fulltime 9-month tenured position requires a Ph.D. in Rangeland, Wildlife, Fisheries, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related field, with a record of distinction in research, teaching, extension, and service. Candidates with ongoing active research programs, interest in continuing active scholarship, and experience with academic administration are encouraged to apply. Candidates should provide evidence of visionary leadership; innovative thinking; commitment to student education and the Land Grant mission; the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to represent those departmental constituencies effectively to university, state and federal agency administrators, industry leaders, stakeholders, and the general public. A commitment to fostering a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and diverse community of scholars and educators is essential. A record of success in the development of funding and program support is also highly desired. An ideal candidate will have an internationally recognized research program, a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and extension engagement, and visionary leadership experience.
The Texas A&M Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management has an ambitious vision in promoting the sound stewardship of natural resources for present and future generations through the Land Grant mission. The department’s mission is preparing the next generation of natural resource stewards through teaching, research, and extension engagement. The Department houses 12 faculty members (including 2 endowed chairs) on the flagship campus in College Station and 13 additional faculty members located at Research and Extension Centers at Vernon, San Angelo, Sonora, Corpus Christi, Temple, and Uvalde, TX. The Department will offer one undergraduate degree program. The Department also features outstanding graduate training in its degree programs, which include Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in RWFM (both thesis and non-thesis options) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in RWFM.
Areas of research emphasis in the Department include three areas: human dimensions of natural resources, wildlife, fisheries, and range management. Departmental faculty enjoy productive relationships with Texas A&M AgriLife Research; the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; the Texas Water Resources Institute; the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute; the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and the Global Health Research Complex, to name a few.
Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; 3) a statement summarizing administrative philosophy and vision for the Department, specifically addressing faculty mentoring and the ability to foster academic, research, and extension programs; 4) a statement on teaching and education philosophy and experience, and vision for both undergraduate and graduate programs in the department; 4) a research statement; 5) a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion; and 6) contact information for at least three references.
Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021 with anticipated position start date of September 1, 2021.
Send queries, nominations and applications via e-mail to:
Dr. Scott Shafer
Chair of Search Committee
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