Employment

Chair, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
 

The newly formed Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems (ANFS) within the University of New Hampshire's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) seeks a Chairperson at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with a demonstrated record of successful leadership, commitment to innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship, and expertise in a relevant field. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. The initial appointment will be for a 5-year term with option to renew, and includes tenure with hire.
 
The ANFS faculty consists of 30 researchers, educators, and specialists dedicated to improving health and well-being through productive and sustainable agricultural practices, resilient and diverse landscapes, and equitable food systems. The faculty possess a strong commitment to hands-on undergraduate education, the growth of graduate programs, and expanding research synergies to address real world challenges.  
 
ANFS currently serves 450 undergraduate majors through its Animal Science, Nutrition, Equine Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems programs, as well as 30 graduate students and interns through a variety of departmental and college-wide programs. Current areas of faculty research span a diversity of fields including animal and plant sciences, plant breeding and applied genomics, dairy and human nutrition, and their intersections.
 
We seek a dynamic leader with a record of significant scholarly research that aligns with the interdisciplinary mission of the department and demonstrated excellence in teaching/mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field, have strong communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with the capacity to lead a diverse unit of faculty, students, and staff; be team-oriented; understand and appreciate the integrated teaching, research, and service components of our land-grant mission; and have a compelling vision of the future of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems sciences in higher education.
 
ANFS is one of five academic units within COLSA, which also includes the state’s Agriculture Experiment Station. The College has experienced significant growth in interdisciplinary life science fields over the past five years, including recruitment of new faculty and increased undergraduate and graduate enrollments. We anticipate the ANFS Chairperson will have the opportunity to recruit additional faculty members. Relevant campus facilities include the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the Woodman and Kingman Agricultural Research Farms, the Fairchild Dairy Research Center, the BurleyDemeritt Organic Dairy Research Center, the Macfarlane Greenhouses, the Equine and Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Nutrition Assessment & Simulation Laboratory. UNH is a Research Land, Sea, and Space Grant University recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence and a commitment to sustainability. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all.
 
Application Instructions:   All applicants must apply online by October 31, 2017 at  https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/27523. Applicants should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of academic leadership that discusses creative approaches and experiences in developing academic programs and ability to lead a
diverse department toward excellence in teaching, research, and service; and the contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted until after the initial screening and candidates will be notified before any references are contacted. For further information about the department and UNH, please visit https://colsa.unh.edu/anfs. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Joanne Curran Celentano, Chair of the Search Committee (joanne.celentano@unh.edu).
 
University Description and Mission: The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is conveniently close to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 15,000 with a full-time faculty of over 600 offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and spacegrant charters. From its main Durham campus, its college in Manchester and law school in Concord, the University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research.
 
EEO/Affirmative Action Statement The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. As a NSF ADVANCE grant recipient, the University of New Hampshire strives to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty and other underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.  Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.