Position Description Summary
Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences (BIOS) (https://www.niu.edu/clas/biology/index.shtml). This is a 12-month tenured position with rank of associate or full professor to begin July 1, 2021.
We seek a Chair that is a strong communicator and will provide strategic, academic, and administrative leadership to distinguish the department in its research, teaching and service missions. The successful candidate will (1) promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research and recruitment and retention of excellent students, (2) build bridges between departmental research emphases and other disciplines, departments, and institutions and (3) foster a transformation in faculty and staff development and composition to better serve an increasingly diverse community.
NIU is a public research university located in DeKalb, Illinois, an exurb of Chicago. Our 16,000+ student body is diverse, with many first-generation and minority students. NIU prides itself on student-centered approaches to teaching and research, and has social mobility, equity, and inclusion at the heart of its mission. Biological Sciences is one of the largest majors on campus and our department has faculty and students pursuing dynamic research agendas including biomedical, microbial, pedagogical, developmental, evolutionary and ecological questions utilizing nearby, world-class resources like Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Argonne National Lab and the Chicago Proton Center. DeKalb is now home to the new Facebook strategic interconnected data center that uses local access to cloud on-ramps and surrounding energy grids. The proximity of DeKalb to Chicago provides easy access to Chicago’s research and technology corridor, the arts and extensive nature preserves and parks. The Department of Biological Sciences is housed primarily in Montgomery Hall, a 112,000-square-foot facility. In addition to teaching and research laboratories, the department maintains live animal facilities, greenhouses, confocal and electron microscopy, and molecular core services (nucleic acid sequencing and qPCR).
Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences, a history of excellence in teaching and research, relevant leadership, management and administrative experience, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The field of specialization is open but should complement departmental strengths in molecular, cellular, and organismal biology.