University of Arkansas — School Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences

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 extension programs in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. 

Job Description:
The University of Arkansas seeks to build world class, innovative programs while strengthening diversity by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and student body. Our aim is to build cultural competency, and most importantly serve as a resource for faculty, staff, and students within the school as we seek to enhance our land grant mission of teaching, research, service, and extension. Undergraduate enrollments have expanded significantly in recent years, and renewed emphases are being placed on enhancing multi-disciplinary research and graduate programs. We seek to establish the School of Human Environmental Sciences as a world class center by engaging in professional service and cooperating with public agencies, as well as private industries. 

Units within the School of Human Environmental Sciences are composed of the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development faculty who aspire to excellence in teaching through integrating leading industry techniques and technologies in the program as applied in the apparel industry; the Human Nutrition and Dietetics faculty focus on human and culinary nutrition; the Hospitality Management faculty whose research centers around hospitality leadership, management, and events applications; the Food, Nutrition and Health faculty focus on nutrition for health professionals, culinary nutrition, and nutrition communication; and Human Development and Family Sciences faculty who work on enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable people, children, families, and communities. The school has a growing faculty and new facilities which include a $8 million child development study center, recently renovated apparel teaching and research laboratories, an updated commercial kitchen and food lab, and access to campus-based, commercial food innovations dining facilities. 

The successful candidate will serve as Director of the School of Human Environmental Sciences and will proactively lead efforts to build strong, multidisciplinary research programs in applied and basic research in the areas of study within the School and related disciplines while providing exemplary leadership to innovative teaching programs. The School Director is expected to lead by effectively communicating with a wide range of people, cultivating a climate of respect, fostering collaboration, creativity and innovation while actively encouraging integration of the School’s research across teaching programs with ongoing extension efforts serving the College and University. 

Additionally, the Director will promote departmental interests in state, regional, national, and international programs while maintaining relationships with the other disciplines in the University System, state and federal agencies, and leaders across Arkansas. 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 successful candidate in this position will provide exemplary leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing innovative research, teaching, and display support and understanding of accrediting agencies for dietetics and child development 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: instruction, recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, 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. 
  • 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. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of organizational structure of university graduate programs and the ability to help grow graduate curriculum. 
  • The leadership skills or the potential necessary to administer a program that includes resident instruction, research and service, and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse faculty, staff, clientele and stakeholders. 
  • Ability to sustain an inclusive/equitable work environment for faculty, staff and students while prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • 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.

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:
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Locational Advantage:
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. 

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. 

Application Procedure:
Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and will end 45 days later. No late application will be reviewed. Applicants must apply on the University of Arkansas’ Fayetteville campus employment website. Application materials needed to apply for this position include a letter of application, professional resume, and name and contact information of four professional references. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening. Questions regarding the application process may be forwarded to: 

Rhonda Houser – Bumpers College, HR Partner
Contact information:
Phone: (479) 575-2670
E-mail: RHH002@UARK.EDU 

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. Deacue Fields, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
Calvin White, Jr. Associate Dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences