Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences
The University of Arkansas seeks to build world class, innovative programs while strengthening diversity by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body. Our aim is to build cultural competency, and most importantly serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students within the school as we seek to enhance our land grant mission of teaching, research, service, and extension. Undergraduate enrollments have expanded significantly in recent years, and renewed emphases are being placed on enhancing multi-disciplinary research and graduate programs. We seek to establish the School of Human Environmental Sciences as a world class center by engaging in professional service and cooperating with public agencies, as well as private industries.
Units within the School of Human Environmental Sciences are composed of the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development faculty who aspire to excellence in teaching through integrating leading industry techniques and technologies in the program as applied in the apparel industry; the Human Nutrition and Dietetics faculty focus on human and culinary nutrition; the Hospitality Management faculty whose research centers around hospitality leadership, management, and events applications; the Food, Nutrition and Health faculty focus on nutrition for health professionals, culinary nutrition, and nutrition communication; and Human Development and Family Sciences faculty who work on enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable people, children, families, and communities. The school has a growing faculty and new facilities which include a $8 million child development study center, recently renovated apparel teaching and research laboratories, an updated commercial kitchen and food lab, and access to campus-based, commercial food innovations dining facilities.
The successful candidate will serve as Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences and will proactively lead efforts to build strong, multidisciplinary research programs in applied and basic research in the areas of study within the School and related disciplines while providing exemplary leadership to innovative teaching programs. The School Director is expected to lead by effectively communicating with a wide range of people, cultivating a climate of respect, fostering collaboration, creativity and innovation while actively encouraging integration of the School’s research across teaching programs with ongoing extension efforts serving the College and University.
Additionally, the Director will promote departmental interests in state, regional, national, and international programs while maintaining relationships with the other disciplines in the University System, state and federal agencies, and leaders across Arkansas. Multi-disciplinary research programs of the School are directed toward the development and transfer of credible, timely, and objective information, and address the needs of relevant industries as well as the general public. The Director provides leadership in building a structure that enhances resources to support faculty development.