Head and Professor – Department of Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University invites applications for a Department Head, with an accompanying appointment as tenured Professor. The incumbent will hold two appointments, a 0.75 FTE professional faculty position and a 0.25 FTE tenured Professor position, reflecting job duties in both the administrative and academic arenas during the academic year.

 In addition, the leadership responsibilities of the Department Head position continue during the summer months and these are accounted for through a separate summer appointment. The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Science. The Head is an integral part of the College Leadership Teams (CLT) in both the College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences working closely with the Deans to advance the mission of the Colleges, develop strategy and participate in decisions impacting the finances and budget of the department.

The Department of Microbiology is jointly administered by the College of Science (COS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). The primary mission of the Department is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, and conduct basic and applied research. The Department offers PhD and MS degrees in Microbiology and BS degrees in Microbiology and BioHealth Sciences (also available online at OSU’s Ecampus), and is committed to providing equitable access to quality learning and career development at all levels. It is an integral part of the School of Life Sciences which also includes the Departments of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Integrative Biology. The Department of Microbiology has research programs in wide ranging aspects of environmental and health related microbiology. Areas of particular interest include molecular and cellular virology, viral pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions using a variety of animal models, antivirals and vaccines, epidemiology, viral ecology, diversity and evolution, zoonotic and vector-borne viruses, as well as the human virome and interaction with other microbiome constituents. Research endeavors that link to local strengths in microbial pathogenesis, microbiome research, and data science are encouraged.

The Department has 14 tenure-track faculty members, 4 instructors and 4 advisors, 1 professional faculty, 4 classified staff, and approximately 120 majors in Microbiology, 800 majors in BioHealth Sciences, and about 40 graduate students. Several tenure-track faculty members share appointments with other departments, including in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.

The Department Head is responsible for the management and leadership of the Department’s teaching, research, and service and outreach functions. The Head is expected to provide effective academic leadership, strategic vision and to remain active in teaching and research. The Department Head will integrate, advocate and advance equity & inclusive excellence within all aspects of their work. They will continuously refine the department’s mission, vision and values to align with the mission and vision of COS, CAS and Oregon State University.

The Head reports to the Dean of the College of Science and is an integral part of both of the College Leadership Teams working closely with the Deans of COS and CAS to advance the mission of both colleges, develop strategy and participate in decisions impacting the finances and budget of the Department of Microbiology.

The Head will collaborate with the microbiology faculty and staff in leading the development and implementation of the strategic and diversity plans of the department and in connecting strategy to resources and budget to maintain and improve the fiscal health of the department. The Head will provide leadership for faculty in the development of policies and programs to improve student recruitment & success and address opportunity gaps for Pell-eligible, First Generation students, Students of Color and students from other underrepresented communities in STEM. Specific duties are to oversee budgetary and hiring and salary decisions, communicate vision and mission of the department to the college and university, set policy for the department, authorize proposal submissions for department mission, oversee completion of regular reporting required by the college and university, enhance diversity, foster collaborations across departments and colleges; engage community stakeholders as appropriate (e.g. engaging with alumni), and help with fundraising for the department, college and university. The Head proactively fosters a cohesive and collaborative environment with microbiology faculty and supports staff and students. For additional information, see the Department of Microbiology webpage athttps://microbiology.oregonstate.edu/.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College of Science has seven departments across the mathematical, physical and biological sciences: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Chemistry, Integrative Biology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Statistics. The college supports more than 3,600 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students (including dual majors) within nine undergraduate, eight M.S. and seven Ph.D. degree programs. The college’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027 (https://science.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan-2022) sets strategic priorities for the college. Our mission is to develop the next generation of leaders, mentors, educators and culture shapers to advance scientific discovery and science literacy for addressing local, regional and global challenges to provide solutions that improve the human condition. To support society’s scientific challenges, we are invested in discovery driven science and applied and transdisciplinary research. Our diverse research portfolio includes federally funded research centers and core facilities, and scientific expertise in signature areas of: BioHealth and biomedical sciences, Genomics and bioinformatics, Sustainable materials research, Climate, marine and coastal sciences, Quantitative, computational and data sciences, and Science education research.

The College of Agricultural Sciences is Oregon’s principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The college’s inherent strengths and aspirational opportunities are identified through four strategic advantages at the crossroads of conservation and production (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/home/about/our-strategic-advantage). The college’s areas of excellence are in coastal food systems and conservation, food innovation for health, markets and access, agricultural competitiveness and resilience and working and natural landscapes. With over 3,000 students, 280 professorial faculty, 13 academic departments and 13 academic programs, CAS’s collaborative and innovative research, education and outreach programs have national or international prominence.

Our colleges seek faculty leaders committed to undergraduate and graduate student success who have evidence of the following: educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners; leadership experience in student success initiatives including those designed to improve outcomes for Students of Color, First Generation students, students from low income backgrounds and other underrepresented communities in STEM; and supporting faculty & staff from underrepresented communities in STEM. We envision a diverse community of science leaders driven to collaborate, innovate and discover. Through scientific discovery and solutions, accessible and equitable education, and improved science literacy, we work to improve life for the people of Oregon and beyond.

The colleges are committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow. Our colleges are the primary supporters of three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research, and the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences.

The College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences are deeply committed to upholding the values of anti-racism, diversity, justice and equity — cornerstones of institutional and scientific excellence. Through our rich collection of people, ideas and perspectives, we engage in a healthy, constructive dialogue to learn, inform our research and make discoveries. We work to ensure all have equitable access to succeed in science, work to dismantle systems of oppression, embed equity in everything we do and create a climate of trust, understanding and inclusion, see https://science.oregonstate.edu/diversity-plan and https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/sites/agscid7/files/main/for-faculty/care.pdf.

Oregon State is an international public university with the most research funding of any of the public universities in Oregon. Oregon State is in a select group of only 28 universities in the United States and its territories to earn the community engagement classification in 2020 and also hold a “very high research activity” classification, both from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. We draw people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. We are 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S. We have 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, Extension programs in all 36 counties, and nearly 200 degree programs. For the ninth consecutive year, Oregon State University has been recognized for the excellent quality of its online degree programs with a top-10 national ranking from U. S. News & World Reports.

OSU has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence and community (https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan). We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented communities. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment. OSU provides leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity and building community. All employees are responsible for helping to maintain and enhance OSU’s collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All faculty are also expected to be collegial members of their units, and to perform appropriate service that contributes to the effectiveness of their departments, colleges, and the University, and of their professions.

Summary of Benefits: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees/benefits-calculator

For additional information please contact: Elisar Barbar,  [email protected]

To apply, visit: https://apptrkr.com/3914962