Director (Department Chair)

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Director (Department Chair)

Job Title


Job Type



School of Agriculture

Job Purpose

Director of the School of Agriculture.

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

Provide leadership supporting the mission and goals of the School of Agriculture (SOA). Lead, grow, and contribute to an effective team of faculty and staff. Develop and lead strategic initiatives, manage budgets, and engage in academic, research, and service activities. Secure external funding for research and scholarly activity. Market programs and recruit, retain, and mentor students from diverse backgrounds and constituency groups, including FFA and 4-H. Work with the faculty, dean, and university administration to build, grow, and sustain programs of study. Teach classes and conduct research commensurate with other responsibilities. Manage the Shipley Farm, Nursery Services Center, Hyder-Burks Agriculture Pavilion, and Hyder Farm Properties/Tech Farms LLC. Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. Participate in campus governance and represent the SOA on university committees. Engage with alumni and community organizations, participate on external boards and councils, and serve the agricultural community of Tennessee.

Minimum Qualifications

An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the academic program areas offered by the School of Agriculture or closely related area. Qualified for tenure and rank of associate professor or higher in the School of Agriculture. Demonstrated record in teaching, research, outreach and service at the college/university level. Proven leadership and administrative ability. Proven ability to create and foster strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Proven ability to manage budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of an ability to advocate programs and recruit students across a wide variety of settings and constituency groups. Demonstrated record of leadership in professional organizations. Demonstrated ability to provide innovative visioning, goal-setting, and strategic planning. Experience securing external funding. Experience managing personnel. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Effective communication skills. Experience with production agriculture.

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience. 12-month tenured faculty appointment.

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants will be required to electronically upload a letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications and duties, curriculum vitae (with pertinent experience), copies of graduate transcripts (official transcripts for all degrees conferred required upon hire), and email addresses for three references at time of application. References will be contacted via email to provide a reference letter. Submission of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Application without all required materials are considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Transcripts
  3. List of References
  4. Statement of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 2
  2. Transcripts 3
  3. Other Documents
  4. Other Documents 2
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the academic programs areas offered by the School of Agriculture or closely related area?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
Posted: 08/17/2022