Professor and Chair - Department of Plant Pathology

University of Florida

  • Administration & Management - Academic
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time

Classification Title: Chair and Professor Job Description: The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment of inclusive excellence that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Inclusive excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit . Duties and Responsibilities: The Chair of the Department provides: (1) Vision, support and coordination in planning, developing and implementing departmental programs in teaching, research, and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission; (2) Leadership, recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; (3) Administration of the Department’s human and financial resources; and (4) Promotion of external funding opportunities. The Chair administers state, national, and international programs of the Department, assigns responsibilities to faculty and staff, evaluates their performance, and encourages the proactive development of strategic programs. The Chair represents departmental and faculty interests with administrators; other departments, units and outside agencies; and individuals and groups in natural resources, industry, and communities. The Chair collaborates with the Senior Vice President, Deans, Associate and Assistant Deans, other IFAS Chairs and Research and Education Center Directors, and other administrators in providing leadership for delivering integrated programs to meet the needs of students, extension clientele, research sponsors, and other stakeholders. Background Information: As one of the largest Plant Pathology departments in the country, the Department has 17 Gainesville-based faculty, 16 faculty located at research and education centers in nine different locations serving subtropical to temperate agroecosystems and 14 adjunct, courtesy, and affiliate faculty. The Department averages approximately 50-60 graduate students, of which 80% are doctoral students. Our faculty members serve in the interdisciplinary Doctor of Plan Medicine: and Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology: programs thereby connecting our faculty with many other campus departments across IFAS, the Health Science Center, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Department is a leading partner in the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute: and one of five lead institutions for the National Plant Diagnostic Network: Please go to or email the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Lisa House,, for information on qualifications and how to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Education Requirement:
An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in plant pathology or a related discipline
External job URL:
903 West University Avenue
Gainesville , FL 32611
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