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Job ID: 192944

Michigan State University

Date Posted Aug. 25, 2022
Title Chairperson
University Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, United States
Department Integrative Biology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Fall 2023
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Biology - General

            The Michigan State University Department of Integrative Biology invites applicants and nominations for the position of Chairperson.  The Chair will lead an internationally recognized department with a long history of innovation and excellence (  The department’s core mission is to advance understanding of the function, stability, resilience, and adaptation of complex biological systems via research, teaching, and outreach while striving to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse vibrant and inclusive community of scholars. We use cutting-edge tools to address important questions about genetics, genomics, development, physiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution in a wide array of organisms, over multiple temporal and spatial scales.  The department includes more than 30 faculty members, strong graduate and undergraduate programs, and a supportive administrative and technical staff.  Many faculty members are also affiliated with the MSU Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Program ( and Kellogg Biological Station (, and numerous cross-college interdisciplinary graduate programs.

            The Chair is expected to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that fosters collaboration, innovation and excellence in research and teaching while working with college and university administration to facilitate departmental governance, resource management and research support. Candidates must be qualified to hold the rank of tenured Full Professor and possess an established record of scholarship in a relevant field. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate leadership and administrative effectiveness, strong interpersonal skills, and a meaningful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), evaluated using the Berkeley rubric. Continuation of an active research program is encouraged and will be supported.

Applicants should submit:  

  1. A cover letter addressing their interest in the position
  2. A curriculum vitae 
  3. A 5-page statement highlighting experience, accomplishments, vision, and implementation strategies in the following areas:
    • Research, describing publications and grants, evidence of research leadership, and vision for promoting DEI and excellence in research.
    • Education, describing teaching and outreach experience, mentoring experience and philosophy, and strategies for promoting DEI in graduate and undergraduate curricula.
    • Leadership, including leadership roles and accomplishments, and budgetary and administrative experience, and strategies for aligning Integrative Biology with the newly-implemented Natural Sciences Strategic Plan that integrates DEI into all aspects of the college mission.
  4. The names of three references (who will be contacted only with your permission). 


Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality until a list of interview candidates is determined. All materials should be assembled into one PDF and uploaded to: position # 804063. Review of applicants will begin 30 September 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be sent to the Chairs of the search committee, Amy Ralston ( and Jeff Conner (

MSU is an Affirmative-Action, Equal-Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applicants of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.  

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