Chair and Professor

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Dec 31, 2018
Mar 02, 2019
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Department of Geological Sciences

Chair and Professor

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Alabama seeks an individual with an outstanding record of proven leadership, teaching, research, and service, to be hired at the rank of Full Professor with tenure for the 12 month position of Department Chair.  The successful candidate must be internationally recognized within the field, have an active research program that includes external funding, and be able to advance the research goals and stature of the faculty.  This candidate should be able to forge a dynamic vision for the department by working with the faculty, and communicate that vision to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Provost of the University.

We seek a chair who can build upon our strong foundation to increase the quality of our B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students' experience and advance the Department's research productivity and profile. The Department’s 22 faculty conduct research that spans the geosciences and collaborates with the Alabama Water Institute, the National Water Center, the Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies, and are establishing new energy industry consortia. The applicant should possess proven leadership abilities, with a minimum of three years of significant administrative experience, and have an enthusiasm for the University's teaching and research missions.  The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Geology or a closely-related field and have expertise which complements that of existing faculty.

In addition, the successful candidate should demonstrate a proven record in the following areas:

  • vigorous advocacy on behalf of faculty, staff, and students
  • excellent leadership, particularly promoting collegiality in implementing change and coordinating diverse approaches to teaching and research
  • innovative curriculum and program maintenance and development
  • excellent budget oversight and facilities management
  • experience with program assessment plan implementation and assessment data interpretation
  • inspirational mentoring of colleagues and students

Details regarding existing department research programs, equipment, and facilities can be found at: Questions should be directed to Dr. Kim Genareau (, Chair of the Search Committee. Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, vision statement, and names and contact information for at least three references through the UA Jobs Website at: Review of applications will begin 1 March 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks diversity in its employees.