Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Department Head of Biological Sciences

Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, Louisiana
Closing Date
October 31, 2020

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana invites applications for the position of Department Head in the Department of Biological Sciences

This twelve-month position is primarily responsible for advancing the culture of academic distinction where excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service is expected. The Department Head is responsible for the planning, direction, and development of the department as well as budget management. The Department Head serves as the link between the faculty and the central administration and is expected to provide leadership for curriculum development, implementation, and assessment of student learning. The Department Head should be a driving force behind the development and enhancement of research programs, scholarly efforts, as well as strategic initiatives that focus on the recruiting/retention of a diverse and inclusive student population. Finally, the successful candidate will engage in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and will be encouraged to maintain a research program appropriate in a department with both an undergraduate and master's level degree program.

Southeastern Louisiana University is located in Hammond, less than 50 miles from the metropolitan centers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Southeastern has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 14,000. The Department of Biological Sciences has more than 40 faculty, and approximately 875 undergraduate majors in five concentrations: Ecology/Environmental/Evolutionary Biology; Microbiology/Molecular Biology, Integrative Biology, Plant Science, and Biology Education. The Department also has 25 graduate students in our MS degree program. 


To be considered for the position, applicants must have a Ph.D. in any area of Biology and must have credentials that warrant appointment at the academic rank of associate or full professor.

The applicant must also possess leadership skills and/or have personnel management experience. The successful applicant must also have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, and expertise that complements the strengths of the department. Commensurate experience should be reflected in the application letter.  

To Apply

Apply online at jobs.selu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59883. The candidate must submit an application letter explaining their interest in the position, a current vitae, copies of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (official transcripts required upon employment), and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five references. who can be contacted by Southeastern Louisiana University. 

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Kyle Piller (kyle.piller [at] southeastern.edu), Chair of the Department Head Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, SLU 10736, Hammond, LA 70402.

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