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Professor and Head, Mississippi State University

The Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head. This appointment will begin as early as July 1, 2018. The Department of Geosciences is in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is composed of 28 faculty members (19 are tenure-track) and 5 full-time staff. The department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geosciences, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Science. There is also a strong distance learning (DL) emphasis that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, there are 478 undergraduate majors (includes 265 DL) and 256 graduate students (includes 185 DL).

Faculty members in Geosciences conduct research in four core areas: Geography, Geology, Geospatial Sciences, and Meteorology. The department was recently named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. It also houses the Dunn-Seiler Museum which contains approximately 50,000 rock, mineral and fossil specimens, the State Climate Office, and a Broadcast Meteorology Studio. Faculty also have access to expertise and resources in Centers and Institutes at Mississippi State University including the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Geosystems Research Institute, Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, and Social Science Research Center. Additional information on the Geosciences Department is available at:

This position is a 12-month administrative appointment with the expectation that the successful candidate will continue to perform scholarly work. The extent of teaching responsibilities is negotiable. The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field, previous administrative experience, a distinguished record of research productivity, teaching credentials, student mentorship and extramural funding, and must also meet the university requirements for appointment as a full professor with tenure. Preferred qualifications include knowledge of, or experience with, distance learning course delivery as well as research interests that will strengthen, build, or bridge existing programs in Geosciences. Administrative responsibilities of the department head include budget management, resource allocation, and supervision of staff. They must also have excellent interpersonal and administrative skills, provide effective leadership to the department, serve as an effective liaison between the faculty and administration, and be a strong advocate for the department within and outside the University. This includes working with the College of Arts & Sciences and alumni to attract funds and resources.

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position, 2) CV, 3) statements of not more than two pages each describing their administrative experience and leadership philosophy, teaching philosophy, and research interests, and 4) contact information for five professional references. All applicants must apply and submit these materials online at Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. Nominations or questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Nancy Reichert, search chair (, 662-325-8068).

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.