Professor and Chair - Department of Plant Pathology

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agricultural Sciences
Department:60190000 - AG-PLANT PATHOLOGY

Classification Title:

Chair and Prof

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Chair of the Department provides: (1) Vision, support and coordination in planning, developing and implementing departmental programs in teaching, research, and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission; (2) Leadership, recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; (3) Administration of the Department’s human and financial resources; and (4) Promotion of external funding opportunities.  The Chair administers state, national, and international programs of the Department, assigns responsibilities to faculty and staff, evaluates their performance, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs.  The Chair represents departmental and faculty interests with administrators; other departments, units and outside agencies; and individuals and groups in natural resources, industry, and communities.  The Chair collaborates with the Senior Vice President, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, other IFAS Chairs and Research and Education Center Directors, and other administrators in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders.

Background Information:

As one of the largest Plant Pathology departments in the country, the Department has 17 Gainesville-based faculty, 16 faculty located at research and education centers in nine different locations serving subtropical to temperate agroecosystems and 14 adjunct, courtesy, and affiliate faculty. The Department averages approximately 50-60 graduate students, of which 80% are doctoral students. Our faculty members serve in the interdisciplinary Doctor of Plant Medicine and Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology programs thereby connecting our faculty with many other campus departments across IFAS, the Health Science Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Department is a leading partner in the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and one of five lead institutions for the National Plant Diagnostic Network

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Employment Conditions

This position is available April 1, 2023 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Experience and Education

Minimum Requirements:

Qualifications:  The Chair must have

  • An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant pathology or a related discipline;
  • A record of outstanding achievement and professional activities related to teaching, research, extension, and/or industry that will qualify the individual to be a tenured full professor in the Department;
  • Ability to direct an academic department engaged in teaching, research, and extension activities at a major Land Grant university with faculty located throughout the state;
  • Ability to lead and manage multidisciplinary programs;
  • Effective administrative leadership and managerial skills in: defining organizational objectives; developing strategic approaches to planning; managing human, fiscal, and physical resources; motivating people and developing effective teams; pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities; generating and managing grant funds in support of teaching, research, and extension; and securing private funds;
  • Strong ability to listen effectively, communicate, and represent the Department with administrators, agencies, industry, and on-and off-campus interest groups;
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and retention, including for academic programs in plant pathology, plant science, and plant medicine;
  • Strong ability to interact well with students, faculty, staff, administrators within the university, and external stakeholders at the state, federal, and international levels;
  • Commitment to fostering strong collaborations among state faculty located on the main campus and at the IFAS Research and Education Centers
  • Commitment to continued professional development for all department personnel
  • Commitment to international programs;
  • Strong support and understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university, and;
  • Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Preferred Qualifications:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by February 28, 2023. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 524899

Dr. Lisa House

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Food and Resource Economics Department

1171 McCarty Hall A

PO Box 110240

Gainesville, FL 32611

Telephone:                               352-294-7653

Facsimile:                                352-846-0988

Electronic Mail:              

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:

  • Letter of application that states applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, previous professional responsibilities and achievements, administrative and management philosophy, and how these relate to the Chair’s position.  The letter should include the applicant’s general strategy for building and sustaining this department;
  • Complete vita (which includes statement of current position and responsibilities); and
  • The name, address, telephone number, and electronic mail address of five persons to serve as references.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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