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Chair, Chemistry, Tenure-Track Faculty

Middle Tennessee State University - Chemistry Department
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Closing date
Nov 23, 2023

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for an innovative leader to chair (position#104005) the Department of Chemistry. Applicants must have an established publication record and external funding record appropriate for appointment at the associate or full professor rank. Expedited tenure upon appointment is possible. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024.

The Department of Chemistry is a large and diverse department with 33 faculty members and over 500 students. The department has a significant and growing research footprint, with more than $3M currently committed to external funding. For more information about the department, please visit

The successful candidate will report directly to the Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and is expected to have a strong record in teaching, research, service, and administration or leadership at the department level. Primary responsibilities include strong departmental leadership and personnel management; stewardship of department resources; assessment and continual improvement of curriculum, pedagogy, and advising; attracting internal and external funding resources; supporting faculty research; recruiting quality students and faculty; mentorship of faculty members; student advising; development of sponsored research; peer-reviewed publications; and public service. The chair will have a reduced teaching load each semester.

The Chemistry Department is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and community and professional service. Home to 33 full-time faculty members, five full-time staff members, over 400 undergraduate majors, and 35 graduate students, the department offers B.S., B.S. (ACS certified) and M.S. degrees in chemistry, and a B.S. in Biochemistry. Faculty can participate in three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Molecular Biosciences, Mathematics and Science Education, and Computational Science, and five chemists are leaders of interdisciplinary centers. Our 250,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility houses the research laboratories for Chemistry and Biology, along with modern classrooms and inviting spaces for learning and study.  The #1 producer of Bio/chemistry B.S. majors in in Tennessee, the Department ranks in the top 10% nationally in awarding B.S. degrees.  The faculty are dedicated to the success and professional development of students from all backgrounds in this highly diverse environment. A priority of the department is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in collaborative, innovative scientific research, using a large, shared collection of well-maintained instrumentation.  MTSU also has a strong history of outreach in the local, regional, and national educational communities.

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences houses 11 departments: Aerospace, Agriculture, Concrete and Construction, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Geosciences, Mathematical Science, Military Science, and Physics and Astronomy. Over 200 full-time faculty members deliver an innovative curriculum, teaching approximately 5,000 STEM majors every year.  More than 690 CBAS students earn degrees annually that prepare them for the workforce or further graduate or professional studies. 

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is a doctoral/professional university, located on a modern expanding campus. The second largest university in Tennessee, MTSU is an inclusive institution, offering more than 20,000 culturally and ethnically diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University supports faculty with good benefits packages, family and medical leave policies, startup funding, internal faculty and student research grant opportunities, and help seeking and administering extramural research grants and contracts. The University supports faculty development through the Learning, Teaching, & Innovative Technologies Center. Just 30 miles from the heart of Nashville, Murfreesboro is a thriving, mid-sized city in a beautiful, easily accessible location. MTSU has once again been named one of the best places to earn an undergraduate degree in the nation by The Princeton Review, which called it “a go-to” choice for those wishing to receive a quality and affordable education.” For more information, visit our website at

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