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The School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi is seeking an experienced educator, researcher, and administrator for the position of Chair of Geology and Geological Engineering. The faculty appointment will be at a rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates must have:

  • a doctoral degree in Geological Engineering or a closely related discipline and a record of scholarly and professional accomplishment to qualify for appointment at the rank of associate or full professor with tenure;
  • a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence;
  • a history of securing competitive, extramural research funding;
  • a successful track record of mentoring graduate students;
  • record of collaboration with a wide range of constituents (faculty, staff, students; industry and government officials; and private, state, and federal sponsors);
  • history of supervising, mentoring, and empowering faculty and staff; and
  • excellent listening, decision-making, and consensus-building skills
  • an ability to develop a shared vision for the department through open communication and transparency.

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

The Geology and Geological Engineering program resides in the School of Engineering of the University of Mississippi.  The program has been continuously accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1987.

The program currently has 10 faculty (7 tenure/tenure-track; 3 instructors). Of the 7 tenure/tenure-track, 6 have tenure and 1 has tenure approved effective 2023. Two have joint appointments with the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute.  The department offers undergraduate degrees in both Geology and in Geological Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Geology, Geological Engineering, and Hydrology and Computational Hydroscience.

The goals of the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering are to:

  • Ensure an environment conducive to learning, teaching, and research.
  • Provide a top-quality ABET-accredited undergraduate program suitable for the 21st century
  • Foster a vibrant graduate program and perform quality research in line with national trends and achieve national recognition
  • Establish strong partnerships and lasting relationships with industry, government, professional societies, alumni, and academia.
  • Make significant contributions to the technological and economic development of the State of Mississippi and the region through education, research, and service.

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi was established in 1900, making it the oldest engineering school in Mississippi. Over the decades, the school has grown to ten undergraduate programs, both master’s and doctoral degrees, a diverse faculty and student body, and alumni excelling in public and private fields. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,100 students and a graduate enrollment of 150. There are around 70 faculty members in seven departments.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), widely known as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics, and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm, and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Oxford has been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi embraces a meaningful and holistic commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University of Mississippi is committed to embracing a collaborative, innovative, and inclusive community that affirms all employees. Given our institutional history and current priorities, we place diversity as central to fulfilling our mission of excellence. We work to ensure that employees recognize and experience the University of Mississippi as a vibrant environment where diverse identities, ideas, and experiences are welcomed, valued, and supported.

The University of Mississippi is actively recruiting, hiring, and retaining the widest array of talented faculty and staff, nationally and internationally.

Application Submission

Applicants should submit the following documents: a letter describing the qualifications listed in the Position Description section above, a full curriculum vitae, a vision for the center, a diversity and inclusion statement, a research statement, a teaching statement, and names/contact information of at least five references. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

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