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Endowed Chair: Information About Position

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University is seeking an internationally recognized biologist to fill the Herrick Endowed Chair in Plant Science.

This endowment represents a generous gift from J. Arthur and Margaret Herrick to Kent State University. Dr. J. Arthur Herrick began teaching at Kent State in 1937, where he trained generations of botanists, conservationists and teachers for 35 years. Professor Margaret Herrick taught speech pathology and audiology at Kent State. 

Art Herrick was arguably Ohio’s greatest conservationist. He was a founder of the Ohio Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and his conservation work in northeast Ohio included the purchase of biologically unique lands to ensure they would never be developed.  In 1969, the Kent State Board of Trustees awarded Art Herrick the President’s Medal—the highest honor for a faculty or staff member. In 1972, Gov. John J. Gilligan inducted Art Herrick into Ohio’s Natural Resources Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was named Ohio’s Conservation Hero by the Nature Conservancy, one of only 50 individuals — one from each state — selected nationally.

The successful candidate for the Herrick Endowed Chair must be a distinguished scientist whose research expertise reflects a strong interest in plant biology. 

Candidates for the Herrick Endowed Chair in Plant Science should be senior level, mid–career scientists with recognized potential for continued prominence in their field, evidenced by a substantive and sustained track record of extramural funding and international recognition for contributions in their area of expertise. The Endowed Chair position is open rank. The endowment will support competitive salary and substantial startup funds. 

The Herrick Endowed Chair will be a member of the Department of Biological Sciences. We are especially interested in candidates whose research complements and expands upon that of existing faculty.  The Endowed Chair is expected to lead further growth and development of a strong research focus in their area of expertise.  

The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State offers M.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, and 6 B.S. degrees, including B.S. Conservation Biology, B.S. Botany, and B.S. Biotechnology. The department hosts three College of Arts & Sciences Centers & Institutes: an active Herbarium; the Herrick Conservatory, housing living plant collections; and the Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability, which oversees an experimental wetland facility and several university-owned properties for field research, many of which were acquired for Kent State by the Herricks. Core lab facilities in biology and chemistry include microscopy and imaging, computational biology, and genetic analysis. The department has established an international collaborative agreement with the Escuela de Biología of the Universidad de Costa Rica, to strengthen their research, education, and outreach programs.

Please see the attached announcement, for more information about the department, our facilities and resources, and a detailed description of the position. Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of the University’s faculty.