The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) College of Arts & Sciences invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science (BGE).

 The Department offers bachelors degrees in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science.  Our 40 faculty and staff are actively engaged in teaching, research, student mentorship, and service. We serve almost 1,000 undergraduate and graduate student majors and contribute substantially to the University’s General Education program. Facilities include recently renovated classrooms and labs that support a variety of research activities, a Natural History Museum including an herbarium, local field stations, access to high-performance computational resources through our affiliation with the UTC SIM Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, and access to more than 500,000 holdings in the UTC Library and other resources through an extensive interlibrary loan system.

With the support of a full-time administrative assistant, accounts specialist, and faculty associate, the Department Head manages and leads the Department, teaches two courses per year in an area of expertise, engages in and promotes scholarship and service, and maintains internal and external collaborations and partnerships.

Additional information about the BGE Department can be found at

About the University:

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second-largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

About the Position

The successful candidate will be the chief administrative officer of the department and must have the ability to support a large, multidisciplinary department while promoting our disciplinary identities and strengths. The department head should be a forward thinker who is able to motivate the department to pursue a long-term vision that will advance the mission of the department, capitalize on our strengths and uniqueness. They should also have a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education with a focus on increasing the participation of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.

We encourage applications from members of under-represented groups, including but not limited to women, people of color, LGBTQ+, gender-nonconforming individuals, first generation college graduates, and people with disabilities. 

This is a tenure-track, 12-month position with appointment to begin August 1, 2022.  The field of specialization is open, but the successful candidate must have an earned Ph.D. in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline to be considered. A history of teaching accomplishment and scholarly productivity that supports the appointment at associate or full professor is also required.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Administrative experience as a department head, director or similar position that includes personnel and budget management and curriculum oversight;
  • Ability to advocate for the department within the College and amongst the broader university community;
  • A record of success in supporting and advocating for departmental colleagues, including tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, support and administrative staff, and students;
  • Outstanding leadership and consensus-building skills;
  • Strong communication skills that will facilitate cooperation, collaboration, and advocacy;
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with donors, alumni, and the professional community;
  • Ability to engage in assisting the UTC campus to reach goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan;
  • Strong knowledge of new developments and trends in the area of biology, geology and environmental science;
  • Strong commitment to student success.

Application Procedure:

The search committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, leadership statement, diversity statement, and the names and contact information of five or more references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm by November 15, 2021.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
770-804-1996 ext. 109 or 117|

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

About Chattanooga:

Chattanooga is a thriving urban community surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers that offers both mid-size city amenities and a wide range of outdoor activities. It has been recognized as one of the Best in the U.S. by Lonely Planet and Top 45 Places To Go by the New York Times. Chattanooga is home to the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Zoo, Creative Discovery Museum, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, and numerous land trusts. The Cumberland Trail runs nearby, and the surrounding region includes numerous state parks and natural areas, the Cherokee National Forest, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The City is known for trendsetting, collaborative economic development opportunities in areas of conservation and sustainability. Chattanooga was also among the first US cities officially recognized by US Ignite ( as a Smart Gigabit Community.  This designation indicates a commitment by the community to leverage advanced science, mathematics, engineering, computing and networking technologies to improve city processes and quality of life for all citizens.   In addition to its own amenities, Chattanooga is within a couple of hours drive to the Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, and Knoxville metropolitan areas.



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