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[Maize] Director of the Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri Columbia

Mary (Polacco) Schaeffer SchaefferM at missouri.edu
Fri Sep 15 15:32:44 EST 2006

Forwarded from "John C. Walker" <walkerj at MISSOURI.EDU>

The University of Missouri-Columbia invites nominations and applications for
the position of Director of the Division of Plant Sciences, an academic unit
of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Director
reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College. The forty-nine
members of the Plant Sciences faculty are involved in teaching over one
hundred undergraduate majors and training the more than seventy-five
graduate and postdoctoral students.  Faculty members conduct basic and
applied research in agronomic and horticultural plant production, plant
genetics and genomics, plant-pathogen and plant­insect interactions, insect
science and weed science. In addition, they are involved in Extension and
outreach programs in support of Agriculture, the state¹s second largest
industry.  Faculty are housed in five campus buildings including the Sears
Plant Transformation Facility and the newly-opened Bond Life Sciences
Center. Divisional faculty are also located at the Delta Research Center in
southeastern Missouri and the Greenley Research Center in northern Missouri.
The Division participates in major interdisciplinary research programs that
involve the Colleges of Arts and Science, Engineering, Human Environmental
Science, Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine and three USDA-ARS
research units located on campus.  Additional information about the Division
can be found at:  http://plantsci.missouri.edu .

The Director represents all aspects of the Division¹s programs and is
responsible for overall management within the University, for preparing and
administering the annual budget of approximately $6.0 million and an
additional $7.2 million in grants and contracts, and for providing vision
and leadership in personnel recruitment and promotion, guiding academic and
research program development, interacting with programs at the outlying
research centers, overseeing planning activities, and supporting external
development opportunities.  The Director is the chief spokesperson for the
Division and serves as a liaison between the Division and the many commodity
groups that are stakeholders in plant agriculture and plant biotechnology.
Qualifications include:

¨    PhD in a plant science-related discipline;
¨    Ability to communicate with faculty, staff, students and the various
constituency groups of the state¹s plant industries;
¨    Demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research and/or
¨    A commitment to diversity;
¨    An understanding and commitment to a comprehensive land-grant

This is a full-time administrative position.  The position will be open
until filled, but to be assured of full consideration, all materials should
be received by October 30, 2006.  Applications should include: a letter of
interest addressing the qualifications, a comprehensive curriculum vitae and
the names and contact information (addresses, phone numbers, e-mail
addresses) of five references.  References will be contacted when
Applications should be sent to:  Dr. Marc J. Linit, Chair, Search Committee,
c/o James Hundle, 2-69 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO  65211.  Electronic submission to hundlej at missouri.edu is
encouraged. Please direct questions to Dr. Marc Linit: (573) 882-7488.
The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative
Action institution and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion,
color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status
as a Vietnam-era veteran. The University of Missouri is in compliance with
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
MU¹s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources strongly endorses
the principles embodied in MU¹s values statement ­ respect, responsibility,
discovery, excellence (http://web.missouri.edu/~jesse105/pages/values.htm).
In that context we seek to recruit and retain outstanding scholars who are:
Committed to blending service with scholarship: Leaders; Good colleagues who
will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds and be
flexible and adaptable in an era of rapid change.

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