Nominating Committee Members:
Department Head, Horticulture Science
Rick Davis – Committee Chair and Department Head, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Hamid Ashrafi – Assistant Professor, Horticultural Science
Chris Gunter – Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, Horticultural Science
Helen Kraus – Untergraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor, Horticultural Science
Ken Pecota – Researcher, Horticultural Science
Tom Ranney – JC Raulston Professor, Horticultural Science
Chris Reberg-Horton – Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences
Anne Spafford – Associate Professor, Horticultural Science
Mark Weathington – Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
Brian Whipker – Interim Assistant Department Head and Professor, Horticultural Science
Rebecca Zuvich – Assistant Dean, CALS Personnel
Department Head, Horticulture Science
POSITION: The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (NC State) invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Horticultural Science. The Head will provide leadership in Department administration, the recruitment and development of faculty and staff, planning and evaluation of the Department’s academic, research, and extension programs, and is responsible for allocation and accountability of departmental budgets. The Head will foster an environment of diversity and inclusion and promote mutually beneficial working relationships. The Head will be actively involved in fundraising to support the department’s programs and other developmental activities and serve as the lead representative in interactions with College and University administrators, industry and commodity groups, and consumers. The Department Head is expected to promote collaborations and partnerships with other University departments as well as state, national, and international agencies to position the Department as global leaders in their discipline. The Head’s office and administrative home of Horticulture Science is located on the main campus of NC State University in Raleigh. This position will further have responsibilities with regard to several Horticulture departmental faculty, staff, and students located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, and other NC State University research and extension facilities within North Carolina.
BACKGROUND: North Carolina State University is a land-grant institution with strong research, teaching, and extension programs in the agricultural and life sciences. Current University enrollment is greater than 24,000 undergraduate and 9,500 graduate students. The Horticultural Science Department currently consists of 44 faculty members having the rank of assistant, associate or full professor, 16 full-time non-tenure track professionals, and 44 office and support staff. The Department is well known for its excellence in academic programs and offers the following degree programs: two-year Associate, Bachelor of Science, Master of Horticultural Science (non-thesis), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Current Departmental student enrollment includes 36 students in the associate degree program, 113 students in the undergraduate program and 51 graduate students. NC State Horticulture is nationally and internationally recognized as an outstanding Department with fully integrated programs in teaching, research and extension. Areas of expertise include biotechnology, horticultural pest management, plant breeding and genetics, fruit production, floriculture, greenhouse production, nursery production, weed science, urban horticulture, landscape design, specialty crop production, organic and sustainable agriculture, and vegetable production. At least twenty faculty in the Department are actively involved with extension programming to support North Carolina producers of tree fruit crops, small fruit crops, vegetable crops, nursery/landscape crops, floriculture, landscape design, consumer horticulture, new crop development and the Master Gardener program.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. degree in Horticultural Science or a closely related discipline and have a record of outstanding professional achievement commensurate with appointment to the rank of Professor with tenure. The successful candidate should be current with developments in the discipline and related fields to provide dynamic and visionary leadership, demonstrate a record of program extramural funding and knowledge of funding opportunities, and promote a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension appropriate to a land-grant university. Successful administrative and personnel management experience and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators and the public are expected.
Applications should be submitted at http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/90590 and should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for at least three references, and a brief statement of leadership and administrative philosophy by November 1, 2017. Screening of applications will begin immediately afterwards and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Address applications to the Chair of the Search Committee:
Dr. Eric L. Davis, Head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University, Box 7616
Raleigh, NC 27695-7616
Telephone: (919) 515-7984 • Fax: (919) 515-7716