Professor and Department Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for professor and department head.

This is a full-time, 12-month, 100 percent administrative, tenure-track position with a start date of January 1, 2020.

Position Description

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech is seeking a visionary and energetic leader to serve as professor and department head.

The successful candidate will have proven leadership, administrative, and management potential and an exemplary record of teaching, discovery, and engagement in sustainable biomaterials, such as wood and other plant products, or a closely related field, such as forestry, packaging science, pulp and paper science, materials science, or engineering.

The department head is responsible for the human, fiscal, and physical resources of the department and must be dedicated to providing leadership and vision in teaching, discovery, and engagement while actively promoting diversity and inclusion.

The department head is responsible for strategic planning, student recruiting, fundraising, and growing interactions with industry as well as federal and state agencies.

The department head will build departmental infrastructure (staff and facilities), develop mutually beneficial collaborations with academic units on campus, develop and sustain strong ties with the industry, and market and promote the department on campus, within the Commonwealth of Virginia, and around the globe.

The department head will manage departmental policies and procedures; revitalize, implement, and maintain a staff management program; and create energy among faculty, staff, and students.

The department boasts a collegial team of 20 full-time faculty, five staff, approximately 200 undergraduate students, and 25 graduate students.

The department head reports to the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment and serves on the Dean’s College Leadership Team. 

More information can be found here. 

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