University of New Hampshire

Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

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Posted On: Friday, 9th February 2018
Category: Administrative
Location: Durham, NH
107 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street Durham, NH 03824
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About the University

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. The UNH campus is located in Durham, NH, on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and eight miles from the Atlantic coats, and is conveniently close to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 15,000 with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University of New Hampshire has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence and a commitment to sustainability. The UNH campus actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all.


About the Department

The department is one of five academic units within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), which also includes the state’s Agricultural Experiment Station. The ANFS faculty consists of 30 researchers, educators, and specialists dedicated to improving health and well-being through productive and sustainable agricultural practices, resilient and diverse landscapes, and equitable food systems. The ANFS currently serves 450 undergraduate majors through its Animal Science, Nutrition, Equine Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems programs; as well as 30 graduate students and interns through a variety of departmental and college-wide programs. Current areas of faculty research span a diversity of fields including animal and plant sciences, plant breeding and applied genomics, dairy and human nutrition, and their intersections ( 
Relevant campus facilities include the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the Woodman and Kingman Agricultural Research Farms, the Fairchild Dairy Research Center, the Burley-Demeritt Organic Dairy Research Center, the Macfarlane Greenhouses, the Equine and Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Nutrition Assessment & Simulation Laboratory.


About the Position

The role of the Chair is to function as an effective academic leader and vital member of the college’s leadership team while helping to guide realization of the university, college and department goals. This will include direction of visioning and strategic planning processes of the department; advancing and shaping its multi-faceted teaching and research programs; providing professional, intellectual, and administrative leadership; and stewarding the daily operations of the unit. The chair is also responsible for evaluating faculty and staff, assigning workloads, allocating resources, and communicating between the department and the college. The chair is expected to teach one course per year, conduct research and serve the University and profession.



We seek a dynamic leader with a record of significant scholarly research that aligns with the interdisciplinary mission of the department and demonstrated excellence in teaching/mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate must hold a PhD. in a relevant field, have strong communication and interpersonal skills commensurate with the capacity to lead a diverse unit of faculty students, and staff; be team-oriented; understand and appreciate the integrated teaching, research, and service components of our land-grant mission; and have a compelling vision of the future of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems sciences in higher education.



Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.


To Apply

All applicants are required to apply online at and provide a letter of application with a statement of academic leadership that discusses creative approaches and experiences in developing academic programs and ability to lead a diverse department toward excellence in teaching, research, and service; a Curriculum Vitae; and the contact information of five (5) professional references. The candidate will be notified before any references are contacted.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Joanne Curran Celentano, Chair of the Search Committee at

A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

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