Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department Chair

Department of Biological Sciences

The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics



The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences to begin August 2015. The position is a 10-month faculty appointment with a supplemental chair stipend and a reduced teaching load.


Broadly-trained biologist and must have demonstrated abilities in teaching and scholarship along with the potential for successful academic leadership. Clearly articulate and guide a strategic vision for the department's future, compatible with existing strengths and opportunities. Experience with a Masterís-level institution is desirable. Candidates should be eligible for appointment as a tenured full professor and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.


Provide academic leadership, remain active in teaching and research, and attract extramural support. Report to the Dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

The principal responsibilities of the department chair are:

  • Facilitation of communication between the members of the Department, the College and the University
  • Fiscal management of a five million dollar budget
  • Ongoing assessment and development of strategic planning and progress
  • Faculty and staff hiring, evaluation, mentoring and development
  • Oversight and implementation of procedures for faculty promotion, tenure and merit
  • Oversight of faculty functions including curriculum development, course assignments, space assignments, and scheduling

The initial term of appointment will be four years. The Chair will be reviewed in the third year and reappointment is possible for one additional four-year term upon a satisfactory review and with the concurrence of the Department, the Dean, and the candidate. Department chairs are expected to teach at least one course per semester. Appropriate teaching load assignments will be discussed and negotiated on an individual basis. Department of Biological Sciences Biological Sciences is a dynamic, rapidly growing department, with broad areas of research interest in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology and ecology, physiology, science education and a strong Masterís program. The Department is committed to excellent student education in synergy with internationally recognized research programs. The Biology Department currently has 45 full time faculty (32 tenure track and 13 lecturers), approximately 900 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. The Department is closely allied with two interdisciplinary majors, Environmental Sciences and Studies with 230 majors and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics with 150 majors. Biology is also a major source of courses for non-majors and for the College of Health Professions. The Department can be expected to continue to grow in both enrollment and faculty. The Department occupies 100,000 square feet in Smith Hall. A new 300,000 square foot building housing Biology, Chemistry and Physics is planned to open in 2019. In addition, the Department is a partner in the Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory, (a new 3000 sf facility) and utilizes the 228 acre University Field Station in Baltimore County. The Department has research strengths in molecular and cell biology, ecology, evolution, conservation, systematics, animal physiology and plant biology. The Department also includes faculty who specialize in science education. Most of the faculty maintain active research programs and 64% have been awarded significant external funding support in the last five years. Most research in the Department involves both graduate and undergraduate students. The Department and College are committed to providing authentic research experiences for all of our students.

Towson University:

Towson University ( was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimoreís largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 18,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelorís, 45 masterís, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of applications beings September 29, 2014 and continues until position is filled. Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, and the names and contact information of three references to the address below. The letter of interest should address the applicantís vision for leadership of a large and growing department. At least one of the letters of reference should come from an individual who can speak to the applicantís leadership and administrative skills. Send all application materials electronically to:

Dr. Larry Wimmers

Co-Chair, Search Committee

Department of Biological Sciences

Towson University

8000 York Rd. Towson, MD 21252

Please be sure to visit to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the universityís affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: FCSM-N-2820. Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. This position is contingent on the availability of funds at the time of hire.

Department of Biological Sciences
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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3042
Fax: 410-704-2405






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