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Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology

College of Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences
College Park, Maryland is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Jun 8, 2023

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The Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications and nominations for Chair of the Department.  The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the unit.

For more than 100 years, the University of Maryland Department of Entomology has been committed to excellence in research, teaching, and extension. Our faculty, students, and staff: 1) advance scientific knowledge through basic and applied research, 2) provide science education in Entomology and broader areas of the biological sciences at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and 3) fulfill the land grant mission of the University of Maryland to provide research-based information and solutions to serve Maryland communities. While the unit maintains a historical focus on insects and their relatives, the academic interests of Department members span a diversity of subdisciplines, including molecular, evolutionary, and developmental biology, genetics and genomics, systematics, medical entomology, ecology, conservation and restoration biology, pollinator science and apiculture, integrated pest management, biological control, toxicology, and insect pathology.  The breadth of ongoing research in Entomology offers opportunities for partnerships with governmental and non-profit organizations, and Department members collaborate extensively with NIH, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Smithsonian Institution, and other national, state, and local agencies.

The University of Maryland at College Park is a diverse and vibrant institution of research and higher learning that serves as the Flagship campus for the University of Maryland system.  The Department of Entomology is housed within the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Chair directly reports to the Dean of the College.  Due to the breadth of faculty research interests and their strong engagement in extension activities, many faculty and staff members have partial appointments through the University of Maryland Extension and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. The Chair of Entomology maintains strong connections to Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station by interacting closely with the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and participating in the administrative councils and programs of that College.

The Chair is responsible for overall performance of the department, and is expected to foster a culture of excellence in research, teaching, mentorship, extension, and service in the following ways:

  1. Develop and implement a compelling vision for the future of the department.
  2. Provide leadership in planning and supervising programs relevant to the department’s mission within the land grant university system, manage departmental budgets and other financial matters, and assist in generating extramural support for department activities. 
  3. Evaluate, counsel, and promote professional development of faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Ensure recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, while also fostering a diverse and inclusive working environment within the department.
  5. Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, university administrators and stakeholders, including appropriately seeking and applying feedback.

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology or other Life Sciences- related field (e.g., subdisciplines above), with a level of experience that would enable them to serve as a tenured member of the College at the rank of Professor. We are seeking candidates with outstanding records in research and education, along with the administrative skills and vision to lead the unit.

Applications should be received by June 1st, 2023, to receive full consideration; however, the search will continue until the position is filled.  Materials, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement on leadership experience and vision, and the names and addresses of four references, should be submitted via eTerp, the University’s electronic application system, at this link.

Nominations may be submitted directly by email to the Chair of the search committee, Professor Kevin McIver, Chair of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at


The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.



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