The University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Biology (R99283) at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin January 2018. We seek a candidate who will lead the Department and understand the complexities of a modern metropolitan university.


Our location in the state’s capitol city provides students with immediate access to commercial and government entities with research and internship opportunities, and cooperative education that provides unique learning opportunities. The world-class medical facilities of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Health Department, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center are within a short distance of campus. Our central location in the state ensures easy access to each of the six distinct physiographic areas of the state.


The Department of Biology offers four undergraduate tracks and an MS degree, with a PhD in association with the Applied Science Program. The Department has 11 full-time faculty members, three full-time instructors, five part-time instructors, 15 graduate assistantships, and 390 declared majors. Faculty in the Department possess broad research strengths in Plant Biotechnology, Molecular Cellular Biology, Computational Biology, Environmental Health Science, and Ecology and Organismal Biology. The Department has strong associations with other STEM departments on campus and with other universities and research facilities throughout the state.


Required Education and/or Experience: PhD in one of the disciplinary fields of biology and credentials to warrant appointment at the tenured rank of associate professor or professor; A tenured full professor or associate professor with at least three years in rank; Previous leadership experience in higher education.


Preferred Education and/or Experience: Previous administrative experience in higher education; Experience developing strategies for faculty mentoring and support; Experience in recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented students.; Demonstrated ability to understand and balance the needs of distinct programs within a multidisciplinary department; Demonstrated ability to implement and oversee an effective departmental governance structure; Management of research grants and knowledge of various funding opportunities gained through prior experience.


Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at http://ualr.edu/humanresources/. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

About University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), located in the capital city of Little Rock, is a metropolitan university serving a diverse student population of over 12,000 students through a mix of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.  The institution is a Carnegie doctoral/research institution with strong public service and research interests and with such distinction come opportunity.  UALR has a competitive benefits package and salary is commensurate with education and experience.

For more information about UALR and Little Rock visit http://ualr.edu and http://littlerock.com