Careers in the Plant Sciences

Chairperson, Department of Horticulture

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI, United States

Position Title: Chairperson, Department of Horticulture
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Application Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2024
Institution: Michigan State University
Department/Division: Department of Horticulture
Field (e.g., systematics): Agriculture, Horticulture
City: East Lansing, MI, United States
General Information: Position
The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for Department Chairperson. The department seeks a dynamic and creative leader who will strategically focus the intellectual resources of our faculty, students, and staff. The Department’s size, multi-disciplinary focus, and demonstrated commitment to the land-grant philosophy represent a substantial opportunity for a leader with the vision and desire to broaden our impacts across the Great Lakes region, the nation, and the globe. The position is a full-time, 12-month tenure system appointment.
Qualifications/Requirements: Qualifications
Qualified candidates must: (a) have earned a doctorate in horticulture, plant science, or closely- related discipline and meet the requirements for tenure at the rank of full professor in the Department of Horticulture at MSU; (b) have experience in administration of personnel, budgets, and programs; (c) demonstrate outstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary to lead a diverse community; (d) have the ability to communicate effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, donors, and other groups, and (e) demonstrate a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in a range of academic and professional activities.

Desired qualifications include:
● An outstanding record of achievement, including a demonstrated record of teaching, research and/or Extension scholarship, service, leadership, team building and collaboration, and developing and fostering partnerships.
● Experience administering a large, multidisciplinary team with a variety of appointments and assignments.
● Experience overseeing academic department budgets, an ability to garner additional funds and resources for programs and experience with advancement and development.
● Experience building capacities with horticultural industries through integrated programs in research, education, and outreach and engagement, consistent with the land-grant mission.
● Experience securing financial support from external donors (e.g., gifts, endowments, capitol campaign development).
Responsibilities: Responsibilities
The Chairperson will provide leadership and mentoring of the Department in all teaching, research, Extension, and outreach programs, including the extensive gardens associated with the department. The Chairperson is expected to maintain and enhance a creative, productive, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students, and serve as the principal representative and advocate of the Department with authority and responsibility for administrative decisions. The Chairperson reports directly to the Dean of the CANR, and interacts with senior leadership of the College, MSU Extension, MSU AgBioResearch, and commodity stakeholders.

Key responsibilities of the Chairperson are to:
● Provide leadership for advancing and articulating the mission, vision, and values of the Department within the broader mission of CANR and MSU;
● Foster a culture of transparency and equity that supports the success of a large, diverse, and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students;
● Promote a collaborative attitude that fosters collegiality, civility, diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect among peers, staff and students in classrooms and the work environment;
● Work cooperatively within the departmental governance structure (e.g., faculty-elected advisory committee);
● Recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff, assign responsibilities, evaluate performance, and promote faculty, student and staff development with transparency and empathy;
● Supervise staff positions that require annual reviews, goal setting, leadership, and consistent oversight;
● Manage and administer the Department budget, allocate resources equitably, and provide leadership in the procurement of financial and structural resources necessary to enable the Department’s success;
● Serve as liaison and advocate for the Department within the larger governance structure of the College and University, and with other Departments and Colleges;
● Promote the Department’s teaching, research, Extension, and outreach programs to state, regional, national and international audiences;
● Maintain and enhance existing relationships with stakeholders, commodity groups, and donors.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): How to Apply
To apply, applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources website Posting 959631 that includes: (1) a letter of application indicating your interest in the position and the Department, (2) a statement of administrative philosophy and vision for strategically defining program direction and future growth, and fostering faculty/staff/student development and success (3 pages maximum); (3) a narrative describing administrative and professional experiences that relate to the Chairperson’s responsibilities (1500 words max.); (4) a statement of how you will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in alignment with the department’s strategic goals (2 pages maximum); and (5) a complete curriculum vitae. Candidates selected for initial interviews will be asked to provide contact information for five references. Review of the applications will begin September 30, 2024, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable. For more information on this position, please contact the search committee chair:

Dr. Bert Cregg Department of Horticulture Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 517-614-4406
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Dr. Bert Cregg,