Skip to main content

This job has expired

Department Head

NMSU Department of Geological Sciences
Las Cruces, NM
Closing date
Dec 24, 2023

View more

Career Level
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
Sector Type

The Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University invites applications for the position of Department Head and Full Professor with tenure. This is a 12-month position starting on July 1, 2024. We seek an inspiring leader with vision and long-term commitment to teaching and research excellence for a diverse student body population. Our department currently has five faculty, two staff members, an undergraduate program that offers a B.S. degree with concentrations in Geological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Science, and Earth Science Education, and a Master’s degree program with approximately 12 graduate students. The Department Head also oversees the director of the Zuhl Natural History Museum located on the NMSU campus. We are particularly interested in someone who will complement our existing specialties in Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, Mineralogy/Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Tectonics/Structural Geology/Geochronology. NMSU lies within the southern Rio Grande rift, offering numerous opportunities for local research projects.

The Department Head will maintain high standards for research, grantsmanship, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty mentorship, and service, including an emphasis on recruitment and retention, alumni relations, and fundraising. The successful candidate will be a role model for our department, a dynamic leader, and an advocate for the department both internally and externally to NMSU. The Department Head should be committed to nurturing an environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, gender identity, and religious affiliation. Applicants should share this commitment to fostering DEI excellence to create a welcoming and supporting environment in the classroom, department, and university. Candidates must have a Ph.D., have attained academic tenure or the equivalent, and preferably be a Full Professor or be qualified for promotion to this level at the time of application. Strong management skills are important, as is effective communication and having a vision for the future of the department in the face of a changing job market for our graduates. Previous experience as a Department Head in an academic program and field-based research interests are strongly desired.

Additional information about the department can be found at Please contact the search chair Jeff Amato ( for questions.

For a more comprehensive view and to apply, please visit:  All application materials must be submitted electronically.  Closing date:  January 20, 2024.

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert