Department Head Position Announcement

Jerry D. Cohen cohen047 at
Fri May 10 19:30:14 EST 2002

>Colleagues:  The Department of Horticultural Science at the University of
Minnesota is seeking a Department Head to lead us in the 21st
century.  This an opportunity to serve as Head of an already well
recognized Department on a campus that is making major advances in its
programs, facilities and faculty in all aspects of plant biology.  As
indicated in the announcement below, we are seeking both applications as
well as nominations of highly qualified individuals for this position.

Best wishes, Jerry Cohen



Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul,

The Department of Horticultural Science is an academic unit in the College
of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences offering undergraduate
programs in Environmental Horticulture, Science in Agriculture, and
Agricultural Industries and Marketing.    Faculty participate in graduate
programs in Applied Plant Sciences, Plant Biological Sciences, Water
Resources, and Conservation Biology. The Department leads the Master of
Agriculture practitioners degree program for horticulture
professionals.  The College and Department place strong emphasis on
undergraduate and graduate education.

Internationally known for research in plant stress hardiness, development
of new plant varieties for northern climates, and consumer horticulture,
the Department of Horticultural Science is home to a highly respected
faculty with diverse areas of expertise in plant sciences. Research
programs have both a commodity and discipline emphasis and range from
molecular biology and genomics to the ecology of plant
communities.  Commodities include turfgrass, herbaceous and woody landscape
plants, floriculture, fruits and vegetables. The Department has three
endowed chairs and enjoys strong industry support. It offers outreach
programs in both commercial and consumer horticulture and houses a unique
multidisciplinary consumer service, the Yard and Garden Line. Public
outreach through the Master Gardener Program and Minnesota Landscape
Arboretum is complemented by strong alliances with horticultural industries.

The Department consists of 27 faculty, ca. 40 professional, technical, and
clerical support staff, ca. 80 graduate students, and ca. 125 undergraduate
students.   The annual Department budget is approximately $5.84 million
dollars with one-third coming from extramural funding.  The Minnesota
Landscape Arboretum budget is approximately $6.09 million dollars with
three-fourths coming from extramural funding. The Department is also home
to the Center for Plants and Human Health and the Invasion Biology Research

Alderman Hall, the Department's on-campus home, is a modern building with
laboratory, classroom and office space for faculty, staff, and students. In
addition to research and teaching greenhouses, land is available on campus
for horticultural field research. Three teaching gardens are located
adjacent to the main building. The 1000 acre Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
and Horticultural Research Center are also part of the Department. Field
research is conducted at the Arboretum-Horticultural Research Center and
can also be performed at any of eight strategically located Research and
Outreach Centers throughout Minnesota. Strong interactions and centralized
facilities exist with the Plant Molecular Genetics Institute, the Center
for Plant and Microbial Genomics, and the Departments of Plant Biology;
Soil, Water, and Climate; Plant Pathology; Entomology; Agronomy and Plant
Genetics; Biochemistry; Genetics and Cell Biology; Food Science and
Nutrition; Forest Resources; and the College of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture.  The Department has many linkages to other campus-based
personnel and facilities in an open and collegial work atmosphere.

The Department Head of Horticultural Science serves as the chief
administrative officer of the Department and provides leadership in
developing, budgeting, and administering all teaching, research,
extension/outreach, and international activities; developing and
administering positions and resources; communicating effectively with
faculty, students, staff, and administration; and maintaining effective
liaisons with industry leaders, clientele groups, professional
organizations, and the public. The selected candidate must possess the
vision and ability for long-range planning and leadership to promote and
facilitate faculty, student, and staff development.  The Head serves as an
advocate for the Department within and outside the University and across a
wide range of subjects, and fosters diversity within the Department.

Minimum:  Candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree; at least 8
years experience in horticulture or a related field beyond the terminal
degree; and an understanding of the horticulture industry.  Applicants must
also meet qualifications for tenure in the Department at the rank of full
Desired:  Candidate should have demonstrated excellence in past job
performance and excellent communication skills. Demonstrated administrative
ability, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to forge positive
relationships with horticultural industries, and an appreciation and
understanding of scholarship in an academic department are strongly
desired.  The successful candidate is expected to have established an
excellent national/international reputation in their professional career.

Nature of Appointment:  Twelve-month, academic and administrative
appointment as Head and tenured faculty position as full professor.   The
initial appointment is for three years with subsequent annual reappointment
dependent on performance and outcome of administrative reviews conducted
every three to five years.  Salary is commensurate with experience and
achievement, and carries an administrative salary augmentation.

Starting and Application Dates:
2 January 2003, or as soon thereafter as possible.  Applications will be
accepted until 16 September 2002 or until a suitable candidate is selected.

Application Procedure:

Please send curriculum vitae, a statement that includes philosophy of
administration and vision for the Department of Horticultural Science, and
the names and addresses of three references.   Applications, nominations,
and inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Mark Ascerno, Search Committee Chairperson
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
219 Hodson Hall, 1980 Folwell Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108.
Phone: 612-624-3278; Fax: 612-625-5299; E-mail: mascerno at

Additional information about the University and Department may be obtained

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shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without
regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital
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