Department Head and Professor- Geophysics

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Geophysics, Director/Executive/Management, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title: Department Head & Professor - Geophysics
Job Description:

The Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to head the Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geophysics or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards and are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. Successful candidates should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity. Experience teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired, and experience working in or with industry is a plus.

Successful candidates will work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to:

(1) provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus;
(2) oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development;
(3) promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation;
(4) facilitate a world-class environment for research in geophysics with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies, including the Subsurface Frontiers Initiative collaboration with the USGS;
(5) administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty;
(6) represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels;
(7) oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students;
(8) lead fund-raising for departmental activities, budget preparation, and management; and
(9) teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Successful candidates will be excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the Department of Geophysics seeks candidates who will contribute to growing the Department’s research and education focused on society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability. For further information about the position or the Department vision, please contact Prof. Brandon Dugan (search chair) at dugan@mines.edu.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geophysics or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are a must. The successful candidate will have demonstrated high ethical standards and is expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity.

About Mines, the Department, and Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, in the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. The Department of Geophysics has focused on education and basic and applied research that addresses problems of global interest. The Geophysics Department has 12 tenured/tenure-track faculty, approximately 100 undergraduate students (36% women, 31% international and minorities), over 60 graduate students (28% women, 60% international and minorities), and 4 post-doctoral scholars (25% women, 75% international and minorities). We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$3.6 million in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Geophysical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geophysics and in Geophysical Engineering. More information about Mines and the Geophysics Department can be found at www.mines.edu and geophysics.mines.edu.

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus (https://trefnycenter.mines.edu/). Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits (https://innovation.mines.edu/). The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/).

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit https://www.mines.edu/president/planning/.

How to Apply:

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Mines also provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health insurance, dependent tuition benefits, parental leave policies, backup care, and dependent care assistance through a flexible spending plan.

How to apply: Interested applicants should apply online. Applications should be received no later than August 1, 2019. The application must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae,
  2. statement of research (3 pg),
  3. a statement of teaching (1pg),
  4. a statement of contributions to diversity and Inclusion (1 pg), and
  5. a cover letter expressing interest in the position with names and contact information for at least 3 references.

Contributions to D&I: Candidates should submit a 1-page statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/). The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Research Statement: Describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to broader grand challenge themes (e.g., energy, health, sustainability, etc.), and current or future connections to industry and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit https://www.mines.edu/president/planning/ and http://research.mines.edu/RES-Mines-Centers-Institutes).

Teaching Statement: Mines is growing its online MS nonthesis degree programs. We are committed to high quality, exciting online instruction. In addition to your teaching philosophy and experience, describe any experience you have in online education.

Total Rewards: Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit: family.mines.edu
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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