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Chair - Physics, Geosciences & Astronomy

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky (US)
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Dec 10, 2022

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Chair - Physics, Geosciences & Astronomy

Position Number: F00374P

Position Type: Faculty

Position Category: Chairs

Driver Classification: Non Driver

City: Richmond, Kentucky

Division: Academic Affairs/Provost

Department: College of Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Unit: Physics, Geosciences & Astronomy

Contact Person: Michelle Smith

Funding Source: Institutional

About the College/Department:

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, EKU has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. Eastern Kentucky University is committed to access, equal opportunity, dignity, respect, and inclusion for all people, as integral to a learning environment in which intellectual creativity and diversity thrives.

EKU is situated in the heart of the Bluegrass, an interesting place to work and an excellent place to live. Go camping and hiking in one of Kentucky’s beautiful state parks, climb in the world-class Red River Gorge, cycle the Sheltowee Trace mountain bike trail, or spend a day at the races at the historic Keeneland thoroughbred track that are all within a one-hour drive of campus!

Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make EKU easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles to the west, within convenient distance by automobile. Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system.

EKU is dedicated to high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service, and places emphasis on the three in that order. Through its colleges and schools, the University seeks to offer quality instruction at a variety of degree levels in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. Through consultative services, continuing education, and the extended campus, the University seeks to provide service to the community and the region. Research seeks both to advance knowledge in the subject matter areas with which the University is concerned and to support the primary function of teaching.

The Department of Physics, Geosciences, & Astronomy offers the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Applied Geology (with academic and professional concentrations), the Bachelor of Science in Physics (with concentrations in General Physics, Engineering Physics, and Teaching Physics) a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS), and Minors in Earth Science/Teaching, Environmental Geosciences, Geography, Geology, Physics, and Physics/Teaching. For more information about the department resources and facilities, including course descriptions, visit

Position Summary:

The Department of Physics, Geosciences, and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University invites applications for the position of Department Chair beginning in July 2023. The primary role of the chair is to provide visionary leadership to inspire excellence in faculty, staff and students within the department in their teaching, learning, research and scholarship efforts.

The Chair is responsible for maintaining a culture of balance, fairness, transparency, and equity, in all departmental functions including strategic decision-making, budgetary and resource allocation, faculty assignments and conflict management, curricular and student support, outreach and recruitment efforts, promoting student engagement outside the classroom, and in representing the department's faculty and programs to the administration and to the community.

Other duties will include teaching six credit hours per semester, preparing budgets and annual reports, developing teaching schedules, overseeing student advising, and supervising departmental staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required qualifications for this position include a Ph.D. in Physics, Geology, Geography, Astronomy, or a related area from an accredited or internationally recognized institution; and achievements commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or higher, including at least six years of teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Evidence of administrative experience and/or aptitude strongly preferred including service experience at the departmental, college, and university levels; a record of leadership that demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a history of successful student recruitment, retention, and engagement efforts; substantial experience supervising and leading faculty and staff; and a consistent record of scholarship.

Required Education Summary:

Posting Number: F00374P

Number of Vacancies: 1

Job Open Date: 10/13/2022

Application Review Date: 11/28/2022

Job Close Date: 11/28/2022

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions Summary:

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a statement of administrative philosophy, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests that addresses student involvement in research, and contact information for three references. In addition, please provide a statement of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion under the “Additional Space Reserved for Attaching Documents” tab.

AA/EEO Statement:

Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts or any employment policy or practice.

Background Check Statement:

Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory background check.

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