Indiana State University

Biology Chairperson

Indiana State University (ISU)

Terre Haute, IN, United States

Biology Chairperson

The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University (ISU) invites applications and nominations for a Department Chair with a rank of Associate or Full Professor.

Indiana State University is a Midwestern university recognized for an emphasis in experiential learning, community engagement, and sustainability initiatives. The Department offers a variety of degrees including B.S., B.S. with a specialization in Medical Laboratory Sciences, M.S. (thesis or non-thesis), and Ph.D. programs in Biology, a graduate certificate in Genomics, Health, and Public Policy, and provides academic support for the interdisciplinary M.S. in Genetic Counseling. Faculty members teach a wide range of undergraduate courses for ISU’s Foundational Studies (general education) program and for our popular majors in pre-med and nursing, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars. The Department, housed in the recently upgraded Science Building, includes the nationally recognized Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. Additionally, Department faculty provide support for The Center for Genomic Advocacy (TCGA).

We are seeking an innovative and energetic collaborator who will assist the Department with excelling in scholarship, teaching and implementing the strategic vision of the Department. The candidate is expected to possess a proven record of strong academic leadership, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and sound financial management skills. The successful candidate should have experience managing external grants and contracts, as well as experience in supervisory roles. The Department Chair should have an appreciation for diversity, in all its forms, as a strength. Preferred experience in chairperson duties include managing teaching loads, course scheduling, and mentoring pre-tenure faculty.

The successful candidate will receive a startup package to support his/her research program, including laboratory and/or computational resources. The successful candidate will also have access to the department and TCGA’s research core facilities, including a next-generation sequencing facility, a state-of-the-art cell and tissue culture facility, a greenhouse, local university-owned natural areas, and a fleet of departmental vehicles.

The University
Founded in 1865, Indiana State University (ISU) is a comprehensive, state-assisted public institution offering degrees from the bachelors through the doctoral level. Classified as a community engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, ISU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service each year since its creation. The University was ranked first in the nation among national universities for service by the Washington Monthly in 2015 and has been in the top three institutions in the country for the past five years in hours of community service provided by its students. The Princeton Review has recognized ISU as one of the “Best in the Midwest” for 13 years in a row.

The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; and Technology. The College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers more than 75 graduate programs in conjunction with the University’s academic colleges. Minority students constituted 25% of 2016-2017 enrollees, one of the most diverse student populations in Indiana. Enrollment has grown by more than 30 percent in the past eight years, reaching historic levels in fall 2015 with more than 13,500 students. While the majority of students are from Indiana, the University also attracts students from throughout the United States and more than 70 countries. Indiana State has a long tradition of serving underrepresented populations; more than half of freshmen are Pell-eligible, and a large percentage of enrollees are first-generation college students. In addition, the University has the largest percentage of 21st Century Scholarships in the state, Indiana’s scholarship program for students from low-income households.

The Community
The seat of Vigo County, Terre Haute has approximately 60,000 residents. The west-central Indiana community serves as the retail, healthcare, manufacturing, service and cultural hub for 16 Indiana and Illinois counties in the Wabash Valley. In addition to ISU, Terre Haute is home to three other institutions of higher education (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Ivy Tech Community College). Vigo County Parks and Recreation and the City of Terre Haute have extensive recreational offerings, such as a Rails-to-Trail system and Griffin Bike Park.

In the past decade, there has been a resurgence of the downtown due to strong working relationships among the University, the City of Terre Haute, the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and other public and private entities. Terre Haute now has two new hotels and an arts corridor featuring a growing collection of public art and a number of local museums and boutiques. Indiana State has also partnered with a third-party developer to build student apartments in the heart of downtown. Recently, the ISU Foundation collaborated with Barnes and Noble to build a shared facility that includes the University’s bookstore and offices for the Foundation and the ISU Alumni Association.

The Wabash River Development and Beautification Board has created a strategic plan called Riverscape that uses Terre Haute’s riverfront to spur economic development and provide a landmark destination for tourists. The project includes the development of the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area on the west bank of the river, Core Redevelopment’s recently completed $23-million repurposing of a former manufacturing plant adjacent to the track complex to create Riverfront Loft apartments, and ISU’s nationally-recognized Gibson Track and Field on the east side.

Application Process
A search committee, chaired by Dr. Rusty Gonser and Dr. Diana Hews will oversee the search process. The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications until the position is filled. However, to assure full consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by January 24, 2020. Candidates must submit the application along with: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership philosophy including a summary of leadership experiences, research accomplishments/interests, a statement of teaching philosophy/excellence, summary of teaching/research/service to prepare students to enhance cultural competency, equity and social justice skills to engage multicultural and intersectional groups. Finally, three letters of reference are required. Contact information for three professional references. Please note that the references you provide on your application will receive a notification request for a recommendation letter immediately. The position is contingent on funding availability.

All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. All application materials must be submitted electronically in either Microsoft Word or PDF format at

Inquiries and questions may be addressed to Dr. Rusty Gonser and Dr. Diana Hews, Search Committee Co-Chairs. Email: and

ISU appreciates and welcomes diversity and encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. ISU seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a strategic priority and as a reflection of our diverse student body and our commitment to inclusive excellence. Indiana State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All are encouraged to apply including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.