Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Aug 15, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Field of specialization
Job Type
Full time

Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for the Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry. The Chair will lead a department of over 40 tenure-track faculty members, 40 staff members and 200 Ph.D. graduate students. The department occupies a modern 280,000 ft 2 building, office annex and lecture-hall wing. The interdisciplinary faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise and research accomplishments in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical) as well as chemistry education and nuclear chemistry.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Chemistry

Minimum Requirements

The Chair will be expected to build upon MSU’s internationally recognized research programs, lead the department in strategic planning, work to pursue innovations and collaborations in research, education, and service, and support and promote diversity, equality, collegiality, and inclusion at all levels. The Chair will also be expected to maintain an active research program and will be supported by state-of-the-art research facilities, expert administrative staff, and scientific specialists.

The successful candidate must have an earned PhD in Chemistry or a related field and be qualified for an appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The candidate must provide evidence of administrative leadership, vision, mentoring, and a strong commitment to diversity. The candidate should have strong interpersonal and communication skills and a productive and actively funded academic research program.

Required Application Materials

A completed application must include: (1) a curriculum vitae with full publication (2) Statement of a future vision for the department, specifically addressing research, education, administration, and diversity. (3) Names and contact information for 3 individuals who can provide letters of reference on candidate's record of research education, leadership and building a diverse and inclusive community. Every effort will be made to maintain applicant confidentiality. Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.