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Professor & Department Chair of Ocean & Earth Sciences (Tenured)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Closing date
Dec 4, 2022
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The Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks highly qualified faculty candidates for Department Chair. We seek an accomplished colleague within the broad area of Ocean and Earth Sciences to complement an interdisciplinary faculty and provide ongoing leadership for expanding programs in oceanography, coastal geosciences and climate adaptation. We are interested in candidates using novel and interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the next generation of research challenges.

The successful chair candidate will also be considered for selection as the Endowed Slover Professor of Ocean and Earth Sciences. They will be expected to bring and maintain an externally-funded research program, contribute to teaching and mentoring of graduate students, and provide leadership for departmental and ODU’s interdisciplinary research activities, which include our maritime and sea-level rise programs and the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience. The Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences has 25 faculty members with multiple strengths across the oceanographic and geoscience disciplines.

Required Experience: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in ocean science, geoscience, or a related field, faculty experience at an accredited institution, and be eligible for appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure. The ideal candidate will have a history of scholarly publications and sustained record of funded research, student mentoring and demonstrated experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Excellence in interpersonal skills and written communication is required together with prior leadership activities in research and academic settings.

Preferred Experience:  Preference will be given to candidates who have experience as department chair, the ability to promote increases in sponsored research activity among faculty, and the commitment to support activities and partnerships that will advance the reputation of the department, college and university. Expertise across interdisciplinary areas of ocean sciences that complement current faculty might include, but are not limited to, coastal oceanography, ocean observing systems, marine biogeochemistry, coupled human-natural systems, coastal sustainability and environmental data sciences or other oceanographic branches. Questions and nominations for this position can be addressed in confidence to the search committee chair: Dr. Rodger Harvey (

Old Dominion University is an R1 metropolitan, residential, research-intensive public institution with a diverse student body. ODU has an enrollment of 24,000+ students, including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full-time equivalent faculty of over 900, of which 40% are women ( The University's primary campus is in Norfolk, VA, one of seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Additional information about the University, faculty, and policies may be found at

ODU and the College of Sciences is committed to inclusive excellence, recognizing that diversity enhances and enriches our educational mission, employment experience, and community engagement. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. ODU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should apply online at A complete application package will consist of a cover letter describing the individual's qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement addressing research and leadership, a statement addressing teaching, a diversity and inclusion statement, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references. Confidential review of applications will begin December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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