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Department Head Position, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering, The University of Arizona

The Department of Mining and Geological Engineering (MGE) at The University of Arizona (UA) is seeking nominations and applications for a Department Head with excellent leadership skills and enthusiasm for world class research, innovative teaching, and industrial collaboration. The future MGE Department Head must be an innovative and visionary academic leader who can spearhead the continuing transformation of Mining and Geological Engineering for the challenges of the 21st century. The Department Head is responsible for leading a dynamic department which includes a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, as well as a modern teaching and research laboratories and other facilities. Candidates are expected to have extensive research and teaching experience at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full or Associate Professor. A candidate with accomplishments in administrative leadership and team-building is preferred.

As one of the first mining programs in the United States, the department has attracted some of the foremost experts in field as well as faculty with extensive experience working in the mining and geology industries. This has allowed the program to evolve with the modern world of mining, while retaining the breadth of knowledge and legacy of a top-tier institution. These advancements and modernized curriculum, which includes techniques in analysis, modeling and simulation, have made UA’s program one of the most comprehensive mining and geological engineering programs available.

The UA, a Research I, Land-grant, Hispanic Serving institution, ranks 20th among public institutions in annual research expenditures. The Department of Mining and Geological engineering remains part of the UA’s larger College of Engineering, which the U.S. News & World Report ranks as one of the top engineering schools in the nation. We are one of only 2 mining programs that owns a student-run underground teaching mine (San Xavier). We are situated in Tucson, Arizona where major companies such as Freeport McMoRan Caterpillar, Hexagon, and Komatsu as well as consulting and manufacturing companies make up a world-class hub of modern mining technology.

The complete job posting can be found at Applications must be submitted online at (citing posting #F22106). Applications will be reviewed starting November 15, 2019 and will be accepted until the open positions are filled.

Questions should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Young-Jun Son, Head of the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the UA (

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.