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Professor and Department Head, Biology

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: College of Arts & Sciences, Drexel University

About Drexel Biology:

The Department is made up of 16 tenured or tenure track faculty and 8 teaching faculty, whose research and teaching activities take place alongside a vibrant population of over 800 Biology undergraduate majors, and over 40 PhD/MS students and postdoctoral trainees. Faculty with active research programs and a strong record of extramural funding pursue research in the areas of molecular, cellular and organismal biology, and STEM education. Several Biology faculty hold appointments and pursue collaborations with colleagues in the College of Medicine; the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems; and the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science, which is tightly integrated with the Academy of Natural Sciences.

The Department of Biology is housed in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), a state-of-the-art five-story building with naturally-lit open-design laboratories, modern classrooms and conference rooms, and a comprehensive light microscopy core facility with advanced imaging capabilities, including confocal, super resolution, and 2 photon excitation microscopy. Located in University City, which includes the University of Pennsylvania, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Wistar Institute, PISB is in the heart of a vibrant neighborhood with numerous collaborative opportunities and resources. Additional resources are available to Biology faculty as consortium members of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, an NCI-designated Cancer Center.

Biology faculty and graduate students undertake innovative, evidence-based teaching practices that emphasize experiential and student-centered learning. Educational practices and innovation have been fostered through collaboration and interaction with the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence (CASTLE) and funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for improving undergraduate retention in STEM disciplines. The Department is also engaged in the nationally renowned, HHMI-supported SEA-PHAGES program.

Job Summary:

Drexel University, a top-ranked Carnegie R1-classified research institution located in Philadelphia, seeks an innovative leader and research scientist for the position of Professor and Head, Department of Biology (, in the College of Arts and Sciences starting in September 2020.

Essential Functions:

Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses. Maintain an active research portfolio. Provide service to the University, College, and Department as well as to the general discipline. 

Department Head Leadership Responsibilities: - Strategic planning - Educational programming and assessment - Management and stewardship - Faculty recruitment, retention, and advancement - Scholarly work, research, and creative activity - Shared governance, collaboration, and departmental culture - Staff management

Required Qualifications:

PhD, Biological Sciences

Other Requirements (eg: Licenses, Certifications, Systems Knowledge, etc.):

For this particular position, candidates should exhibit:
• A doctoral degree in the broader discipline of biological sciences
• A proven record of teaching and service activities
• Research achievements consistent with qualification for the rank of full professor at an R-1 institution
• Academic administrative experience
• Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
• A strategic vision and ability to guide and nurture the research, teaching, and service missions undertaken by a diverse faculty
• Commitment to building a culture of transparency and shared governance
• Experience in mentoring students and faculty
• An ability to bolster the Department’s extramurally funded research programs and strengthen undergraduate and graduate student training
• Understanding of the enrollment and retention challenges of an undergraduate-serving Department
• An ability to advocate for the Department’s personnel and priorities


University City

Additional Information:

Applications, including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page statement of leadership philosophy and the names of five references, should be submitted via Drexel Careers. Preferences will be given to those received before January 31. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Jacob Russell ( The Committee aims to select candidates for a first round of interviews to take place in February and March, 2020.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter and required documents when submitting your application.

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