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HOWARD UNIVERSITY - Chair, Department of Chemistry

Dept. of Chemistry, Howard University
Washington D.C.
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 29, 2023

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Teaching-Graduate, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time


Chair, Department of Chemistry



Howard University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry. This administrative appointment will be at the rank of Full Professor.


The Department of Chemistry seeks a dynamic, energetic leader and researcher with the ability to effectively manage a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students, while engaging internal and external constituencies in a collegial and collaborative manner. The Chair will be expected to have a strong record of excellence in academic leadership, scholarship, faculty development, and financial management. As the first department in 1958 to award the Ph.D. degree at Howard University, the successful candidate will be expected to work in partnership with senior administration in the College of Arts and Sciences, and to embrace and contribute to the University’s mission and the Department’s legacy. 


The Chair represents the Department as part of the College of Arts and Sciences leadership team. The Chair is responsible for the Department's faculty and staff recruiting, development, retention, resource attainment, budgetary matters, and relationship management with stakeholders. The Chair must be an active intellectual leader, committed to strengthening departmental research initiatives and efforts to increase external funding. Successful candidates must be adept at building and supporting multi-disciplinary partnerships within a diverse community, knowledgeable in higher education issues, and able to collaborate to develop team-focused, data-driven approaches to problem-solving, through strong people-skills. The Chair will also be expected to maintain a dynamic, productive, externally-funded research program.


Current research thrusts in the Department of Chemistry include materials chemistry, environmental chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and biochemistry. In prior years, research in the Department has been funded by grants from the ACS, DOD, DOE, FDA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, NIH, USAID, USP, and EPA. The Department has instrumentation capabilities, in addition to resources through university research centers in Computer Science and in the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering and Architecture. For more details about our research program and available resources, please visit



Desired Qualifications

  • Administrative, personnel, and budgetary experience; The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent degree in any area of Chemistry or Biochemistry (all chemistry-related interdisciplinary areas will be considered); Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meets the qualifications for appointment to the rank of Full Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences (Associate Professors who are nearing the qualifications necessary to attain the rank of Full Professor will also be considered); Distinguished and sustained record of research accomplishments; Evidence of a commitment to and sustained success in securing external funding; Strong record of teaching excellence; Evidence of curriculum development, including a commitment to collaboration and innovative pedagogies; Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members; Demonstrated ability to work effectively across departments; Experience in effective community involvement, outreach, and leadership; and Demonstrated ability to forge partnerships, source funding, and build productive relationships with both campus and external constituencies, including alumni.



Our Institution

Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral/research-intensive university located in Washington, D.C., and is widely recognized as one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. This renowned urban research university offers a world-class curriculum that includes undergraduate degrees in 80 subject areas, master's degrees in 75 majors, doctoral degrees in 31 disciplines, and professional certification in 5 fields. The only comprehensive American university with a predominantly African American constituency, Howard University is committed to preparing its students to not only be respected leaders in the national and global communities but to also promote social justice and democracy the world over. Howard University has historically educated more African-American PhDs than any other university. For more than a century, it has had a distinguished track record as the home to the largest concentration of Black scholars in the world.



Application Procedure

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement on current and future research interests (1–2 pages), statement on teaching philosophy (1–2 pages), a statement on administrative and leadership philosophies (1–2 pages), and contact information for at least four references. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, pending final budget approval. To inquire about the position, the Department of Chemistry, or to submit an application, please send an email to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis ( For more information about the Howard University Chemistry Department, please visit



The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.







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