Professor and Head
Department of Entomology and Plant
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Oklahoma State University – Stillwater,
The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at
Oklahoma State University (OSU) invites applications and
nominations of energetic and visionary individuals for the position
of Professor Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant
Pathology. This 12-month tenured appointment is administratively
responsible to the Vice President and Dean of OSU
The department consists of faculty, staff, post-doctoral
scientists, and students, based on the OSU main campus in
Stillwater. Faculty members conduct and lead nationally and
internationally recognized research, EExtension, education, and
development programs in fulfillment of the University’s land-grant
mission. We offer programs leading to a B.S. degree in Entomology,
M.S. degree in Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Ph.D. degree
programs in Plant Pathology or Entomology. The undergraduate
entomology program, with 70 students, is the second largest in the
United States. Students in the B.S. program may specialize in
insect biology and ecology, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, or
bioforensics. The department supports undergraduate general studies
education programs and courses for students in the departments of
Animal and Food Sciences, Plant and Soil Sciences, Horticulture and
Landscape Architecture, and others. Facilities include the
Institute for Biosecurity & Microbial Forensics, Pesticide
Safety Education Program, Stored Products Research and Education
Center, Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostic Lab, and the Insect
Adventure. The department is committed to enhancing an excellent
team of diverse faculty, staff, post-docs, and students, and
promoting positive and inclusive work environments for all
individuals. Teaching, research and Extension activities are
accomplished by 23 faculty members, and 15 professional support
personnel and clerical staff. Additional information is available
at the department’s website:
- Provide visionary leadership in the department with attention
to fairness and integrity, including periodic review of department
objectives, scope and priorities.
- Stimulate, integrate, oversee, and evaluate departmental
teaching, research and EExtension programs.
- Support OSU’s diversity efforts to recruit and retain
outstanding faculty, staff and students.
- Effectively and efficiently manage human, financial and
- Represent departmental and faculty interests to administrators
and other University and Division units.
- Collaborate with Division Unit Heads and with other University
administrators and faculty.
- Represent the department to outside agencies (state and federal
agencies, agricultural industries, and professional organizations),
alumni, individuals, the community and other
- Pursue external funding to include competitive grants, research
contracts, gifts and other special funding to include endowments
for scholarships, fellowships and chairs and
- Assign responsibilities to faculty and staff and evaluate their
performance. Encourage professional growth and development of
faculty, staff and students.
- Provide oversight and promotion of departmental activities in
state, regional, national, and international organizations and
- Foster an environment of collegiality, teamwork, diversity and
respect for multi-disciplinary and multicultural settings.
- An earned doctoral degree in Entomology, Plant Pathology, or a
closely related discipline.
- An outstanding record of scholarly achievements and
professional activities related to teaching, research and/or
Extension that will qualify for the rank of Professor with
- A thorough understanding of the land-grant mission.
- Evidence of administrative ability to direct a department, team
or unit and provide visionary and progressive leadership.
- Ability to effectively listen, communicate and represent the
department with administrators, agencies, and on-and off-campus
- Ability to foster professional development, assign
responsibilities and evaluate performance of faculty and
This position is to be filled by January 1, 2022, or as soon
thereafter as the successful candidate is available. This is a
12-month administrative appointment with tenure as a Professor
within the department. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Continuation of this position is subject to performance and
Nomination and Application Procedures
While applications and nominations will be accepted until a
successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are
required to submit official applications materials on the
recruitment website by September 1, 2021 to receive optimal
Interested applicants must apply via OSU’s applicant tracking
system at http://jobs.okstate.edu for the
position labeled req9691. As part of the application process,
provide a cover letter, CV, full contact information for four
references, and a statement of administrative leadership philosophy
and vision. Applicants will be notified before references are
Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Jim Ansley, chair Search
and Screening Committee, at 405-744-5438, or
email@example.com. More information about Oklahoma State
University and Stillwater is available online.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer,
complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding
non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State
University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all
individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age,
sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation,
gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with
regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or
admissions. For more information, visit https:///eeo.okstate.edu.