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Department Head - Department of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Open to Current Faculty)

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Work type: Non-Tenure Track Faculty Full Time, Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences


Position Title: Department Head, Department of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Internal Applicants Only)

Pay Range:

$103,000 - $170,000 including administrative compensation (1/9th)

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Department of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) at Colorado School of Mines invites applications for a professor to head the Department.  The position is open to both current teaching and tenured faculty at Mines. A strong vision to support, collaborate, and advance the Mines@150 strategic plan, inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful candidates are expected to operate in a transparent, ethical and collegial manner and should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department.  Successful candidates are expected to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and scientists, and 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 candidate must commit to growing the Department’s contributions to research and education that are focused on society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability while fostering the development of a well-balanced, comprehensive education.

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 Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies; (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 to support Department activities, (9) prepare and manage Department budget, and (10) teach courses, support the continued success of the NREP graduate program,  and maintain high quality scholarship in their disciplinary field. 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of a Doctorate/Terminal degree in discipline or related discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience teaching and working in an academic environment.
  • 5+ years of experience in teaching, scholarship, and service; and national and international professional recognition.
  • 3+ years of administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management. 
  • Experience collaborating in interdisciplinary academic and professional contexts
  • A strong record of commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and skill in working with diverse populations of faculty, students, and staff.
Department Description:

The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Department is dedicated to delivering a program of excellence in the humanities and social sciences designed to prepare Mines graduates for the complex challenges of professional and private life in a globally interconnected world. HASS educates engineers and scientists to contextualize social, cultural, political, economic and environmental knowledge into their decisions and designs and gives students the foundations to transcend traditional technical boundaries. HASS has 9 tenured/tenure track faculty, 14 teaching faculty, delivers the 19-credit hour H&SS core curriculum required by all undergraduates, offers 5 minors, and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Energy Policy (NREP). HASS faculty are recognized nationally and internationally as scholars and teachers with expertise in Composition; Creative writing; Energy policy; Environmental policy; Ethics; Film and media studies; Geography; History; Literature; Music; Philosophy; Political science, and Science, technology and engineering. More information about the university and the HASS Department can be found at and, respectively. For any questions, please contact the search chair, Toni Lefton at

About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. To learn more about Mines visit,

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, and veteran status) and upload the following:

(1) a cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications based on advertisement,
(2) a vision statement for leading the Department,
(3) a curriculum vitae, and
(4) a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

The desired start date is June 2021.    

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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