School Director

August 15, 2013

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and the Division of Agriculture within the University of Arkansas System, seek an energetic individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for the research, teaching and service programs in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

Job Description:
The University of Arkansas is seeking to build “world class” innovative research and teaching programs in Apparel Studies; Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality; and Human Development and Family Sciences through the integration of teaching, research and service. Undergraduate enrollments in these programs have expanded significantly in recent years, and renewed emphases are being placed on enhancing multi-disciplinary research programs, graduate programs, and professional service to and cooperation with public agency and private sector industry needs toward establishing the School of Human Environmental Sciences as a world class research and study center. The Apparel Studies faculty aspires to excellence in research on the integration of apparel product development and merchandising as it is applied in the apparel industry. The Food, Human Nutrition and Hospitality faculty research focuses on the integration of hospitality innovations, food, human nutrition, and culinary science. The Human Development and Family Sciences faculty conducts research on enhancing the quality-of-life for vulnerable people, families, and communities. Current resources include a young and expanding faculty group, a new $8 million child development study center, newly renovated apparel teaching and research laboratories, a new commercial kitchen, and access to campus-based, commercial food innovations during facilities.

The successful candidate will serve as Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences. He/she will proactively lead continuing efforts to build strong, multidisciplinary research programs in applied and basic research in the areas of study within the school and with related disciplines, while providing leadership to innovative teaching programs.

The School Director promotes departmental interests in state, regional, national, and international programs. He/she maintains relationships with the other disciplines in the University System, state and federal agencies, and leaders across the State. Multi-disciplinary research programs of the School are directed toward the development and transfer of credible, timely, and objective information, and address the needs of relevant industries as well as the general public. The Director provides leadership in building a structure that enhances resources to support faculty development. The Director is responsible for the academic and research programs of the School within the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and for research programs within the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and is accountable to the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and the Director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station within the Division of Agriculture.

The successful candidate in this position will provide exemplary leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing innovative research and teaching programs. Duties will also include administrative and fiscal leadership for School personnel, its programs and physical resources; program planning, faculty development, and pursuit of extramural funding. Coordination with other university programs, professional and governmental agencies, and industry groups is also expected. As the Director of the School, the successful candidate will provide administrative leadership for the teaching programs including; student recruitment, instruction, retention, and liaison with students present and past. The Director of the School will also serve as part of the broader administrative team and faculty member of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the Division of Agriculture.


  • Earned Ph.D. or equivalent in the human sciences represented by programs within the School, or a closely related discipline, and an outstanding record of professional accomplishments.
  • An academic record commensurate with the rank of full professor.
  • In-depth knowledge of the curriculum in the School and a familiarity with the programs in associated departments and the Graduate School.
  • The leadership skills or the potential necessary to administer a program which includes resident instruction, research and service, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse clientele and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of trends and funding opportunities in the discipline related to Research and Academic programs and ability to attract extramural funding.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, budgeting procedures, personnel management, and administrative policies.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly and to communicate ideas effectively.
  • Ability and interest in providing multi-disciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests.
  • Ability to recruit undergraduate and graduate students, and a commitment to fostering research and academic excellence.
  • Active participant in professional associations and accrediting bodies related to the disciplines represented within the School.


  • Prior experience and knowledge within the Land Grant University System is desirable, in addition to experience in an academic environment encompassing the missions of teaching, research and service.
  • A graduate degree in one of the program areas represented by the School is desirable.

Rank and Salary:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. University of Arkansas salary packages are highly competitive.

The University is home to several Schools, Departments, Centers and Institutes that serve as valuable resources to collaborative researchers in the Human Sciences area:

Fringe Benefits:
Major Medical Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Delta Dental Insurance, CNA Long Term Care, Long-Term Disability Insurance, TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity, Social Security. Matching retirement contribution by the University. See for additional details.

Locational Advantage:
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus, is a land grant university with an enrollment of over 25,000 students and is considered the flagship institution in the state-wide University of Arkansas System. The University of Arkansas is one of just 108 schools with the distinction of holding the highest possible classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The School of Human Environmental Sciences is administered within the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences as a unit of the Fayetteville Campus, and within the UA System Division of Agriculture.

Fayetteville is located in Northwest Arkansas in the scenic Ozark Mountains close to lakes, rivers and national forests. The region includes several cities and is known for its unique combination of commerce, quality education and creativity. The region is home to numerous apparel industry leaders. The metropolitan region of Northwest Arkansas has a population of over 470,000 and is highly rated for quality of life. Fayetteville was ranked 8th on Forbes Magazine's Top 10 Best Places in America in 2007. The region is home to numerous cultural activities including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Walton Arts Center.

Northwest Arkansas is served by Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, linking the area to nearby international airports. Major cities located within a day’s drive of Fayetteville include: Dallas-Ft. Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Branson and Nashville. For additional information, see

Application Procedure:
Review of applications will begin September 1, 2013 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Applicants need to provide a letter of application, professional resume, and official transcripts – sent directly from all granting institutions, and name and contact information of four professional references to:

Dr. Cynthia Nance, Dean Emeritus and Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law
Chair, School of HESC Director Committee
c/o Carmen Alessi, AFLS E-108
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA 72701-1201

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution committed to achieving racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in its faculty. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background and registry check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Address any questions regarding this position to:
Dr. Michael Vayda, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
Dr. Lona Robertson, Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences