Department Head (Academic Administrator) of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
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Oct 22, 2022

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Department Head (Academic Administrator) of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science


The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications from a diverse pool of candidates for a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader for the position of Department Head qualified for an academic appointment with tenure. The position is open to any area of research interest within Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, and previous experience in academic or professional leadership is desirable. Appointment begins on or after July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field.


Penn State's Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science is among the oldest, largest, and most respected meteorology departments in the nation, and is recognized for its exceptional record of leadership in the community. The department serves an integral role in advancing the strategic priorities of both the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the disciplinary and related sciences through its vibrant research, in-residence and online undergraduate and graduate education programs, and outreach programs. These programs constitute broad interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach portfolio covering the Earth and atmosphere from the poles to the tropics, across theoretical and numerical modeling applied engineering and mathematics, forecasting and communications across all audiences, physical and dynamical meteorology, remote sensing, weather phenomena across scales, the climate and chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans, social and economic impacts, and more.


Reporting to the dean, the department head provides the environment for the creation and execution of the department's strategic vision and is the representative of the department to senior leadership across the University. Furthermore, the head is responsible for ensuring the fiscal health of the department, including securing the necessary resources to bring its strategic plan to life. To succeed in these objectives, the head must be a collaborative and inspiring leader, promoting excellence and cohesion throughout the department. They must have the strategic leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit to expand the reach of the department through collaboration with other programs, departments, and institutes throughout the University, with the University administration, and with external stakeholders. The head must be committed to high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, both in residence and online, have a proven track record of excellence in teaching and research, and act as a champion for the diverse set of teaching, research, and outreach programs in the department. A commitment to mentoring, beginning with the undergraduates and continuing through the faculty and staff ranks is essential.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a sincere commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, as evidenced by prior successful, high-impact initiatives. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other. We are committed to nurturing a learning and working environment that respects differences, including but not limited to, culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, gender identity, and religious affiliation.


Applicants should share this commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and engagement which creates an inclusive environment in the classroom, department, and the University. In welcoming every candidate, we strive to meet the needs of professional families by actively assisting with partner-placement needs.


Application Instructions:


To apply, applicants should upload the following materials through the PSU jobs website: 1) a cover letter demonstrating their administrative experience and how they would lead the department and contribute to its teaching, service, and research programs; 2) a complete curriculum vitae; 3) statement describing plans for fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment within the department and the professional community, 4) names and contact information of four referees. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Andrew Nyblade, Chair of the Search Committee, at


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