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Chair Faculty Position

The Opportunity:

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks a distinguished academic leader to be Chair of the Department of Horticulture ( Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month tenure-eligible position to begin July 1, 2020, or as negotiated, at the Pullman, WA campus. The position offers an exciting opportunity for leadership in developing new strategic initiatives and in further advancing established areas of departmental excellence in research, extension, and teaching.  Members of the Department conduct research, teaching, and extension activities to train and inform students and stakeholders working in a wide range of horticultural crops that directly contribute more than $4 billion to the state economy.  The opportunity to hire new faculty over the next 3 – 5 years will re-shape, strengthen, and define the Department’s role in fulfilling its mission.

The mission of the Department is to develop and promote the adoption of biological discoveries and practical applications to increase productivity and sustainability of horticultural crops to benefit the state of Washington, nation, and world.  This mission is accomplished via Department members’ strengths in disciplines including breeding, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and physiology.


The Chair will be an individual with outstanding academic credentials who can articulate and execute a clear, shared vision for leading and developing the Department, while promoting a broadly shared sense of collegiality, mutual respect, and support within the Department, college, and university. The successful candidate is expected to have developed and may continue to sustain a productive, internationally recognized research and/or extension program complementary to existing Department and college strengths. The Chair is expected to have a record of excellence in conducting and promoting undergraduate and graduate education and is expected to teach at one or both levels. The Chair’s portfolio will include fiscal management of the Department, promoting professional development of faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students statewide, engagement with faculty located at Research and Extension Centers, and participation in industry/stakeholder meetings across the state.

WSU Position #130944


  • Department of Horticulture Chair
  • 12-month, permanent, full-time, at the rank of Professor eligible for tenure at the time of hire


  • Washington State University—Pullman, Washington


  • Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience


  •  July 1, 2020; negotiable


  • Earned Ph.D. in a fundamental area of modern Plant Science or a related discipline by date of hire
  • Demonstrated record of success in unit leadership and fiscal and personnel management in a department, program, or highly diverse scientific or academic unit


  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including ability to articulate and implement a strategic vision, demonstrate evidence-based decision making, and critically evaluate program impact
  • Demonstrated successful commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student community
  • Commitment to promotion of value, inclusion, and respect for gender, sexual orientation/identity, race, culture, and nationality diversity among faculty, staff, and students
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering undergraduate and graduate level courses in horticultural science or related areas
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional education at all levels and promotion of a positive workplace culture
  • Demonstrated successful engagement with industry and/or community stakeholders
  • Internationally recognized, extramurally funded research activity with disciplinary leadership complementary to existing Department and college strengths

Screening of application materials begins immediately and is open until filled. Visit to apply. Applications must include the following materials: 1) A letter of application describing your professional goals, relevant academic and administrative preparation, and experience in leadership positions; 2) A current curriculum vitae; and 3) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for four people willing to serve as employment references.

Please contact Dr. Tim Murray, Search Committee Chair, at, 509-335-4852 for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


Pullman offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with a high quality of life and connected community. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of outdoor activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. Additionally, Pullman has an excellent public school system and was recently ranked by Bloomberg Business as the best small town in Washington to raise children.

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WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see

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