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Chair, Geosciences, Tenure-Track Faculty

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Closing date
Dec 3, 2023

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The College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for an innovative leader to chair the Department of Geosciences. Applicants must have an established publication record and external funding record commensurate with an appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Expedited tenure upon appointment is possible. The start date for the position is August 1, 2024.


The successful candidate will report directly to the Dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and will have a distinguished record of teaching and research, as well as administration, service, and leadership at the academic department level. The successful candidate must also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds. Primary responsibilities include strong departmental leadership and personnel management; stewardship of department resources; assessment and continual improvement of curriculum, pedagogy, and advising; attracting internal and external funding resources; supporting faculty research; recruiting quality students and faculty; mentorship of faculty members; student advising; development of sponsored research; peer-reviewed publications; and public service. The chair will have a reduced teaching load each semester.


MTSU seeks candidates committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with diverse students.


For more information about the department, please visit


Required Education


A terminal degree in geology, physical geology, environmental sciences, or a closely related field is required by the appointment date.


How to Apply


To successfully apply, applicants must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research or creative activities (as appropriate to the discipline), and a statement of leadership philosophy as separate attachments at the time of online application.


To apply for this position, go to and follow the instructions on how to complete an application, attach documents, and submit online. Review of applications begins November 8 and continues until the position is filled. Rank and salary are commensurate with education and experience. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424. For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at


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