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The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Geological Sciences. The Chair will join a growing, research-intensive department that is housed within a national research university. We are looking for an individual who can support our continued expansion, build on our strengths, and lead the development and implementation of new opportunities at this exciting time in our institution’s history. Responsibilities will also include the supervision of personnel, budget and general operations of the department while facilitating the accomplishment of departmental goals.
UTEP was founded as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy and has a long and distinguished history of both geological and environmental research and education. UTEP is an emerging national research university at the heart of the U.S.-Mexico border region, which is committed to the ideals of access and excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over 23,000 students and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designates UTEP as “Community Engaged,” and UTEP faculty have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success, teaching, research, and scholarship. Moreover, our border location opens ample opportunities for bi-national collaborations.
A center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded more than 113,000 degrees since its founding in 1914 and is one of the major economic engines in the Paso Del Norte region. UTEP offers exciting programs that are open to the public, including Division I athletics; award-winning theater, dance, and music; the internationally acclaimed Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts; the Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens; and continuing and lifelong educational opportunities.
El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of approximately 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city of its size in the United States. Shielded by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually and a dry climate, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities year round in our geologically and environmentally diverse terrain.
The Department of Geological Sciences at UTEP is a vibrant group of 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty with research areas focused under five main themes: earth surface processes and geochemistry, economic geology and energy resources, geoinformatics and technology, geophysics, and tectonics and sediment dynamics. We are also committed to science education and professional/entrepreneurial geoscience. Faculty and students additionally benefit from opportunities within the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences, the Center for Earth and Environmental Isotope Research, and the Institute for Tectonic Studies. UTEP’s Indio Mountains Research Station provides an outstanding natural laboratory and classroom for research and education. The Department offers the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, the B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Science, and the M.S. in Geophysics. We also support students in interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Computational Science and Environmental Science and Engineering. The department boasts strong research that addresses the global environmental and resource challenges of the future, and takes advantage of our regional tectonic and geologic settings. Our integrative and collaborative efforts have resulted in annual research expenditures averaging nearly $3.5M per year over the last five years.
Qualified candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in Geology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field, and have recognized accomplishments in research and a history of securing extramural funding. Applicants from academia or industry with leadership experience and evidence of prior success in development and fundraising efforts are encouraged to apply. Individuals with accomplishments commensurate with a tenured appointment at the level of Professor are sought. Desired skills include previous experience in administrative and faculty governance roles, student and faculty mentoring, advocacy, and curriculum development and assessment. Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity are also welcomed. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by January 11, 2015.
A complete application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position, current curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for five references. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number and email address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting The University of Texas at El Paso in the search. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.
Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:
Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Julie Holley, Principal
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272
The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.
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