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Department Head, Agricultural, Leadership & Community Ed.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Department Head, Agricultural, Leadership & Community Ed.
Faculty Rank: Professor
Posting Number: TR0180020
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Tech Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE) is seeking an accomplished, visionary leader for the position of Department Head. Responsibilities of the Department Head include leadership of all department programs and administrative responsibility for strategic planning, fiscal management, and human resources. This includes recruitment, development, and retention of faculty and staff. The Department Head should provide effective advocacy for the department within and outside the university, and actively secure resources to strengthen its mission. The department is seeking an individual who will foster excellence in teaching, research, and extension, and encourage a positive, collegial climate and participatory decision-making process within the department. Ongoing university-wide strategic investments and priority setting in curriculum development and research activities will provide the Department Head with a unique opportunity to shape the academic mission and programs of the department.

The ALCE department currently consists of 21 faculty and staff, as well as 18 graduate students on assistantship funding, plus many others in online and professional programs. The department is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( which has approximately 3,200 students across 10 academic units. (Virginia Tech’s total enrollment is approximately 34,000.) The ALCE department is dedicated to advancing the institutional priorities related to community viability by engaging in critical and evaluative social science processes that address local and global challenges through three core areas: teaching and learning in agriculture; leadership and social change; and community education and development. The department is committed to preparing students for success in professions that include formal and non-formal teaching and learning in agriculture and community development, and equipping them with skills to lead agricultural organizations and communities. The faculty has successfully obtained research grants from USDA, NSF, USAID, eXtension, and state and industry sources. Additionally, faculty have been extensively involved in interdisciplinary collaboration within the university, as well as nationally and globally. Find more information about the department on the web at

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, Virginia Tech is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Find additional information about Virginia Tech and the surrounding community at

Required Qualifications:

Evidence of visionary leadership in supporting and promoting excellence in teaching, research, and extension; Evidence of capacity to advocate for department vision and goals to university leadership and external stakeholders; Evidence of capacity to obtain donor support for department initiatives; Record of effective mentoring and management of personnel and financial resources; Excellent organizational and communication skills; Demonstrated ability to create and enhance effective collaboration within the department and with other programs and units at the university, state, national and international levels; Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a strategic plan; Record of academic and professional achievement commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at Virginia Tech; Demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding; Demonstrated commitment to recruiting, supporting, and collaborating with individuals from underrepresented populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of international scholarship and recognition; Record of success with supervising and developing employees in a staff role; Experience developing educational programs for delivery in non-traditional formats (e.g., online and distance education); Work experience in secondary education and/or cooperative extension.

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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified persons are asked to complete an online faculty application at posting #
TR0180020 and are requested to submit the following:
1) Letter of application, including a statement of vision and administrative/management philosophy and style, emphasizing ability to provide leadership to the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the department, and leadership experiences and qualifications; and
2) Complete curriculum vitae, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three references.
Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for the position are welcomed. Initial nominations and inquiries will remain confidential; references will be contacted only upon approval of the applicant. Review of applications will begin April 3, 2018 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Direct inquiries or questions about the position to:

Dr. Matt Holt, Search Committee Chair
208 A Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0401
Phone: (540) 231-2609

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to diversity, and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, people of color, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify Dr. Holt by the review date.

Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Agricultural, Leadership & Community Education
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 03/06/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/03/2018
Job Close Date: (if applicable)
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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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