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Department Chair

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina (US)
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Dec 14, 2021

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East Carolina University, Department of Coastal Studies Department Chair Position

East Carolina University’s Department of Coastal Studies ( invites applications for the Department Chair position beginning in August of 2022. Applicants for this position must have a Ph.D. in natural, social, or engineering sciences. Experience with coastal systems and interdisciplinary research is preferred. Successful candidates will work within the Department and with external partners to enhance the departmental mission; cultivate an inclusive vision; strengthen research, teaching, and collaborations; facilitate innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship; administer departmental operations and budget to align strategic, academic, and operational resources; represent the Department internally and externally; recruit and retain high quality, productive faculty, staff, and students; teach within the undergraduate and graduate programs; and maintain an internationally recognized research program.

The Department of Coastal Studies (DCS) coordinates and enhances research across ECU’s Greenville campuses, the Outer Banks campus, our partner Institutions, and with associates around the world. DCS provides ECU with a strong center and point of contact to expand its leadership role in addressing interdisciplinary coastal and marine issues. The DCS includes interdisciplinary coastal faculty on the ECU-Greenville campus and the ECU-Outer Banks campus ( These locations enable faculty to take advantage of the resources on the main campus and cutting-edge laboratories, classrooms, and boating facilities directly on the Croatan Sound. The Department Chair’s academic appointment can be at either of these two campuses. We seek a Department Chair that will expand the international recognition of the Department and its faculty in interdisciplinary coastal research and education and advance its mission: to holistically address interdisciplinary environmental and natural resource issues across the coastal margin. The full advertisement is available at  Initial screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and the position will be open until filled.



With over 27,000 students East Carolina University is the largest institution of higher learning in eastern North Carolina. Through its baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees the University's mission is to serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation. East Carolina University is located in Greenville, a city of 85,000 inhabitants in the Coastal Plains of Eastern North Carolina. The city is the health, entertainment, and educational hub of eastern North Carolina and in 2008 was listed as the Tenth Largest City in North Carolina. You can find out more about ECU at:
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