The Department of Biology in the Petree College of Arts and
Sciences at Oklahoma City University is seeking a department chair
whose innovative and creative leadership and instruction will
complement and enhance the department’s pre-health profession
related programs. While area of specialization is open,
preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and/or Genetics who can complement
the pre-health profession related curriculum.
Annual department chair appointments are for nine months and
require teaching of 15 credit hours per academic year.
Department chairs serve three years terms, are renewable, and hold
academic faculty appointments. Compensation, rank and length
of tenure track will be commensurate with experience.
The search committee is especially interested in candidates who,
through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service, will
contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic
community. The Department of Biology is interested in candidates
who understand of the barriers facing women and people of color in
higher education and bring a perspective that comes from a
non-traditional educational background or understanding of the
experiences under-represented populations.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled with a start date for the position of August
2022. Finalists will be expected to present an engaging
teaching demonstration as part of the interview process.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
- In collaboration with the Petree College of Arts and Science
Dean’s Office and Enrollment Management, develop a comprehensive
strategy for sustained enrollment growth through the recruitment of
new students and student retention.
- Provide vision and leadership for student success leading to
graduation and entry of students into professional and/or graduate
programs, and other relevant career opportunities.
- Oversee program rigor, academic excellence, and student success
through curriculum design, course quality, and assessment of
student learning outcomes and teaching.
- Oversee evaluation of department faculty members and make
recommendations for renewal of contracts, promotion, and tenure.
- Prepare class schedules and teaching assignments of the
- Manage financial resources by preparing and proposing budget
requests, approving expenditures, prioritizing department needs,
and following university budget policies.
- Advise students and oversee academic advisement by the
- Hire and oversee adjunct faculty as needs arise.
- Advocate for the department as integral to the missions of the
college and the university and advance the needs of the department
to campus administration.
- Help raise the visibility of the department both on campus and
- Build productive and long-term relationships with alumni,
community, and corporate sponsors.
- Establish and coordinate the efforts of a Biology Advisory
- Demonstrate collegiality and service to the college and the
university community at large by actively participating on various
- Coordinate and monitor the department’s web page and social
- Communicate and disseminate information received from
administrative offices to members of the department.
- Conduct regular departmental meetings.
- Oversee program acquisitions for the library.
- Resolve student and faculty issues.
- Perform other duties as required and assigned by the Dean,
Provost and President.
- PhD in related field from an accredited institution of higher
- Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience at the
college/university level (beyond the teaching assistant level) with
a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research, and
- A demonstrated and sustained commitment to diversity, equity,
and inclusion in higher education with a focus on increasing the
participation of underrepresented students and faculty.
- A demonstrated and sustained commitment to student success that
includes the recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement of
- A demonstrated and sustained commitment to academic excellence
and a belief in a liberal arts education where ethical and critical
thinking, and effective communication are highly valued.
- Must be eligible to work in the US.
- Significant, relevant, and successful experience in a
comparable faculty leadership position in higher education.
- A strong record of successful faculty and student mentoring,
program and curriculum innovation, and the cultivation and
promotion of a shared vision among colleagues.
- A record of professional service and community engagement at
department, college, university, discipline, and/or community
Procedure for Submitting Applications
- Submit a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae containing list
of professional references, 3) statement of leadership vision
(philosophy) and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4)
statement of teaching philosophy, and 5) unofficial
Contact For Additional Questions
Search Chair: Professor of Biology, Anthony Stancampiano,
Diversity Advocate: Professor of Biology, Laurie Kauffman,
About the Department of Biology
Biology students enjoy small class sizes with a variety of
traditional, online, and field-trip formats, taught by Ph.D.
faculty that also guide students through one of four curricular
paths (Biology, Biology Education, Biomedical Science, and Cell and
Molecular Biology) and through preparation for graduate school and
professional programs or employment after graduation. See
department website for more information: www.okcu.edu/biology.
About the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at
Oklahoma City University
The Petree College of Arts and Sciences embraces the value of a
liberal arts education and prepares students in all disciplines to
think critically, creatively, and ethically. Our students are
challenged to become servant leaders through an education that
engages them to become socially and ecologically responsible
citizens in our world. Through rigorous coursework taught by
excellent faculty, the Petree College is committed to an education
that is relevant, socially engaged, and life transforming. The
faculty and staff of Petree College are not only concerned about
preparing students for careers. More importantly, we want to
prepare you for life. We hope that you will join us to participate
in an education that will make a difference for you and for the
About Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a
coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown
district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the
United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the
liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is
the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the
regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World
The faculty of OCU are afforded a generous and comprehensive
benefits package designed to fit the needs of you and your
family. Benefits offered include: health (medical, dental and
vision) insurance, flexible spending accounts, university paid life
insurance, university paid long-term disability insurance,
retirement plans, and tuition remission for employees and
qualifying dependents who wish to take classes or pursue a degree