Search for BIOS head has begun

Janet Richmond, head of Biological Sciences, is stepping down at the end of this academic year. The search for her successor has begun. The advertisement reads:

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks to recruit an exceptional scholar who can provide energetic and visionary leadership as the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record, excellent leadership skills and is committed to excellence in teaching. 

The Head will be expected to maintain a world-class research program in an area broadly related to the major themes of the department. The Head will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the department and have responsibility for the coordination and administration of the overall academic agenda and education activities in the department. The Head will oversee all personnel, curricular, financial, and administrative functions of the department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the Biological sciences or a related field and qualify for the rank of full professor, a proven record as a leader, an international reputation for research accomplishments, commitment to teaching excellence and student success, and excellent managerial and communication skills. 

Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is the city’s only Carnegie Research 1 public university. UIC has 31,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system. The Department of Biological Sciences has active research programs in Ecology and Evolution; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; and Neurobiology. The department currently has 28 tenure-line faculty and 9 non-tenure track faculty, 1800 undergraduates and nearly 100 graduate students. See for more information. 

UIC is federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) through its status as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an online application with the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references, and upload a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and research and teaching statements at Click on the Job Board and then on the job link. To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by December 31, 2018, but applications will be accepted through January 15, 2019. Inquiries should be directed to Edward Drogos ( Final authorization of the position depends upon the availability of funding. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.