[ES_JOBS_NET] Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department Chair, Metropolitan State University of Denver
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*Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department Chair*
Metropolitan State University of Denver
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Metropolitan
State University of Denver ( MSU Denver) invites candidates to apply for
a position to serve as its next Department Chair. The ideal candidate
will be a professor or advanced associate professor with extensive
previous leadership and administrative experience in higher education.
We seek a candidate who will lead the Department towards the mission of
the Metropolitan State University of Denver, “to provide a high-quality,
accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful
careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a
multicultural, global, and technological society.” That obligation, more
specifically, includes undergraduate education, research, and service,
which are shaped by MSU Denver’s central vision of becoming a preeminent
public urban university in the nation.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ( EAS Department)
offers five vibrant undergraduate academic programs including Applied
Geology, Geography, Geospatial Science, Environmental Science, and
Meteorology. The department has 13 full-time tenure-line faculty
members, three full-time instructors, several affiliate instructors, and
about 500 declared majors. Faculty members in the Department possess
broad research strengths in the earth sciences, meteorology, and
environmental planning and policy.
The successful applicant shall have a Ph.D. in one of the disciplinary
fields of the EAS Department (Geography, Geology, Geospatial Science,
Meteorology, Environmental Science) or a closely-related field. We seek
a candidate with previous leadership and administrative experience in a
higher education, preferably as a Chair. The EAS Department is
interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to
excellence by providing leadership in administration in higher education
toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. The EAS
Department seeks to enhance the diversity of its workforce as a
reflection of our commitment to serve the changing demographics of the
state of Colorado, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines,
perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. Therefore, faculty from
underrepresented populations, women, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans are highly encouraged to apply.
Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of the largest public
four-year universities in the state of Colorado serving the greatest
number of ethnic minorities (it also offers select Master’s degrees).
MSU Denver, with nearly 20,000 students, is consistently ranked among
the state’s most affordable, accessible, and diverse universities.
Excellence in teaching and learning is MSU Denver’s primary objective.
As an urban university committed to serving the local community, the
university attracts students from different socioeconomic and ethnic
Located in the heart of the metropolitan Denver region, MSU Denver
shares the 175-acre Auraria campus with two other post-secondary
institutions. The Auraria campus is close to the Denver International
Airport, providing convenient international and domestic travel, and is
served by two stations of Denver’s light rail system, providing
connectivity with the surrounding metro area. Denver is a growing and
desirable city to live. This year, US News and World Report ranked
Denver the best place to live in the US.
Please refer to MSU Denver’s Handbook for Professional Personnel
(http://bit.ly/2der1fM) for specific Roles, Responsibilities, Areas of
Performance for Department Chairs. Information can be found starting on
Chairs at MSU Denver are ultimately responsible for ensuring that
departmental and institutional work is completed in an equitable,
efficient, effective, and timely manner. The roles, responsibilities,
and areas of performance for Department Chairs include, but are not
limited to the following:
Academic Leadership (40%)
1. Provides oversight of Faculty performance, such as recruitment,
mentoring, development, evaluation, and retention of faculty in
accordance to University policies;
2. Provides oversight of Departmental Guidelines for consistency with
the School’s and University’s mission statements;
3. Provides recommendations of faculty that contain a supporting
rationale to the Dean on hiring; retention, tenure, promotion, and
post-tenure review; reassigned timework; sabbatical leaves; and other
leaves of absence;
4. Promotes academic standards relevant to students, through oversight
of: supervision of student recruitment, advising, learning, development,
retention, and timely graduation of students;
5. Oversees the application of academic policies and procedures that
6. Responds to student concerns and works with students, faculty, staff,
and other University offices to resolve concerns, conflicts, and disputes;
7. Provides leadership of activities related to the development,
implementation, and assessment of academic curriculum and programs.
8. Promotes academic standards relevant to Teaching and Learning,
through the oversight of: Quality curriculum delivery and use of
appropriate pedagogy; Assessment (including Student Learning Outcomes,
and Program Review of departmental and General Studies curricula); and
Accreditation, by supporting and maintaining Department, School and/or
University accreditation requirements, as appropriate.
Governance Leadership (25%)
1. Establishes and oversees an effective governance structure within the
Department, including the creation and use of committees, processes, and
procedures where appropriate;
2. Develops and implements the Department’s long- and short-term goals
3. Manages departmental resources—financial, physical, and human—in
accordance with allocations and University rules and procedures to meet
Department goals, objectives, and needs;
4. Oversees custody and authorized use of University property charged to
the Department and the assignment of Department space and facilities to
authorized activities in accordance with University policy and
5. Evaluates departmental faculty and staff performance in meeting its
responsibilities to the University.
Administrative/Management Leadership (25%)
1. Serves as the chief representative of the department to the college,
university and community;
2. Provides leadership in assigning teaching duties within the Department;
3. Provides effective management and direction to Affiliate and Category
II faculty, undergraduate students, support staff, and student workers;
4. Provides direct supervision for the department’s Program and
5. Establishes effective external relations and programs with
constituencies such as alumni, advisory committees, and industry, as
6. Advocates for the Department professionally with peers, Deans,
Provost, and others.
As Faculty (10%)
1. Teaches at least three credits per year (July 1 through June 30); and
determines their summer assignments with the Dean; and
2. Engages in scholarly and service activities appropriate to their
Faculty members may have to teach online, face to face, and hybrid
instruction: face to face instruction may include day, evening, and
weekend as needed.
In order to be considered as a qualified applicant, applicants must meet
all required qualifications.
1. Possess a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in one of the disciplinary fields
of the EAS Department (Geography, Geology, Geospatial Science,
Meteorology, Environmental Science) or a Doctorate in a closely-related
2. A tenured full professor or associate professor with at least two
years in rank.
3. Have a minimum of 2 years of previous leadership and administrative
experience in higher education, preferably as a Chair of an
4. Experience in recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented
students. In particular, experience working with and sensitivity to the
needs of a diverse urban student population including (but not limited
to) students of color, LBGTQIA students, students from low-income
backgrounds, first generation students, students with disabilities,
undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and
1. Demonstrate leadership experience in improving diversity to offer
students the breadth of ideas that constitutes a dynamic intellectual
community and to provide students and the public with a Department that
reflects the society it serves.
2. Ability to communicate effectively.
3. Ability to understand and balance the needs of distinct programs
within a multi-disciplinary department.
4. Experience implementing and overseeing an effective departmental
governance structure, including the creation and use of faculty
committees, processes, and procedures for shared governance.
5. Experience allocating, in an open and fair manner, departmental
resources and managing property charged to the Department among its
different academic Programs.
6. Experience providing academic advice to a diverse student population
preferably in an undergraduate higher education institution.
7. Experience in curriculum and program development, their
implementation and assessment, and strategic planning to move the
8. Experience developing strategies for faculty mentoring and support.
9. Experience establishing and maintaining a positive working
environment and facilitating discussion, resolving conflict, and
considering the viewpoints of a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
10. A Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree preferably in one of the department’s high
need programs, such as Geography or Geology.
11. A record of excellence in teaching, scholarship/research, and
Close on Closing Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
IMPORTANT : In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via
the online application system, www.msudenverjobs.com.
For full consideration, candidates should apply by December 20, 2016. We
anticipate that the successful candidate will start August 1, 2017 on a
12 month faculty contract. Candidates should apply online at
https://www.msudenverjobs.com. In order for your file to be considered
complete you must submit: (i) a cover letter (with a brief statement of
teaching, scholarship/research, and service experience), (ii) curriculum
vitae, (iii) unofficial copies of transcripts, (iv) the names and
contact information of three references, (v) a statement of leadership
and administrative philosophy with special regard to leading an
interdisciplinary department submitted under other document, and (vi) a
separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to
diversity, equity and inclusion submitted under writing sample, should
also be included in the application materials. For more information and
informal inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee,
Professor Antonio Bellisario (email: abellisa at msudenver.edu).
If you are unable to submit copies of your transcripts at the time of
application please submit them to Professor Antonio Bellisario at
abellisa at msudenver.edu.
This posting will close at midnight MST on the closing date.
# *Applicant Documents**Required Documents* Curriculum Vitae
# Cover Letter/Letter of Application
# *Optional Documents* Unofficial Transcripts
# Other Document
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