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C.W. Matthews Endowed Chair in Earth Sciences

SMU Department of Earth Sciences
Dallas, Texas
competitive salary/benefits
Closing date
Nov 29, 2023

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Position No. 0050601. The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University invites applications to a fully endowed professorship named in honor of C.W. Matthews to be filled at the Associate or Full Professor level. We are seeking applicants who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary and quantitative research programs across all fields of geology and are especially interested in candidates working in emerging areas across disciplinary boundaries whose expertise contributes to department strengths. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to maintain an outstanding, internationally recognized, externally-funded research program; to teach, lead, and collaborate effectively with a diverse student body of graduates and undergraduates; and to supervise professional staff. The successful candidate will join a dynamic department with internationally recognized faculty that conduct frontier research using quantitative, measurement-based approaches focused on the evolution of earth's fluid envelope and lithosphere, paleo- and modern climate, biogeochemical systems, and earth hazards. We are a community geared towards enabling our colleagues to succeed and lead in their individual fields. Endowments to the department support strategic faculty lines, student research and laboratory facilities. The Department features mass spectrometry and X-ray analytical laboratories and the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, supported by fully-funded technical staff positions. Faculty also participate in unique interdisciplinary research communities, including research clusters in Earth Hazards and National Security, Energy and Environmental Systems, and Data Science. All faculty in Earth Sciences are expected to fully participate in the educational mission of the department; this includes teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and mentoring postdoctoral researchers. The position will start August 1, 2024.


Applications received by December 1, 2023, will receive full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Application will include a cover letter, CV, statements on research and teaching, and contact information for three letters of recommendation. Please submit application materials via Interfolio at


Candidates must have the following required qualifications:

  • A PhD in the geosciences or closely related field at the time of appointment
  • A research record commensurate with tenure; i.e. greater than six years post PhD experience
  • Demonstrated ability to establish an internationally recognized, externally funded research program
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The committee will notify applicants of its employment decisions after the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check. For more information, please visit the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences or contact


SMU is a nationally-ranked, private, non-sectarian research institution located in one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas. Teachers and researchers are part of an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community of internationally recognized scholars across the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and business. SMU believes that equity and inclusion are essential components of our success as teachers and scholars and seeks colleagues who eagerly embrace SMU's central values of intellectual diversity, cultural intelligence and academic freedom. SMU offers excellent benefits including full same-sex domestic partner benefits. The City of Dallas is one of the nation's most cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centers, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the fourth largest in the US. Dallas' quality of life is exceptional, with a relatively low cost of living and a variety of housing options. A full range of professional sports teams, music venues, a lively and innovative restaurant scene, and more make Dallas an extremely livable city. Explore SMU at   


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A nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools (in the humanities and sciences; business; the performing, visual, and communication arts; engineering; education and human development; law; and theology), Southern Methodist University is a distinguished center for teaching and research located in the heart of Dallas, Texas with approximately 11,000 students.

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