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The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to serve as Department Chair. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service as well as evidence of successful personnel and financial management. Prior administrative experience is highly desirable. Leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are required. Responsibilities include overseeing the academic programs in Geological Sciences and Engineering, fostering a strategic vision in partnership with existing faculty regarding our research and teaching mission, and enhancing collaboration with other programs across campus.  The Chair will oversee management of the Department with budgetary responsibilities for operations.  The Chairs role includes representing the Department to university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Chair will be expected to oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate their professional development.  The Chair will be expected to teach a reduced course load, supervise graduate students and maintain a robust research program. The successful candidate will have demonstrated high ethical standards and is expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity.

About the Department  The Department is part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, which also includes two additional teaching Departments, Mining and Metallurgical Engineering and Geography, and two state‐funded Earth Science units, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) and the Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL). Faculty in NBMG and NSL contribute to DGSE’s undergraduate and graduate educational program. More information about the Department can be found at http://www.unr.edu/geology. We have 9 tenured/tenure‐track faculty, 1 research faculty, 1 lecturer, 2 administrative faculty and 2 office support staff. We offer BS degrees in Geology, Hydrogeology, Geophysics and Geological Engineering (ABET accredited). We offer MS degrees in Geology, Geophysics, and Geological Engineering and PhD’s in Geology, Geophysics and Mineral Resource Engineering (joint with Mining). DGSE faculty are also an integral part of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences (MS and PhD in Hydrology and Hydrogeology). In Fall 2018 we had 145 undergraduate majors and 53 graduate students, approximately equal numbers in the MS and  PhD programs. Annual research expenditures average ~ $1 Million / year.

The University of Nevada, Reno has a growing and increasingly diverse student population of approximately 21,000, including over 2,800 graduate students. The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. The city of Reno offers an excellent quality of life, with entertainment and cultural opportunities in excess of most cities of similar size. The city lies one hour from Lake Tahoe and four hours east of San Francisco in the valley of the Truckee River on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and has a mild high desert climate.  A highly rated location for living and outdoor recreation, the Reno area also enjoys a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community. 

Questions regarding the search may be addressed to the current department chair and head of the search committee, Wendy Calvin, wcalvin@unr.edu

Applications are due by Monday, September 16, 2019, and review will begin shortly after. We are expecting to fill the position by the end of December 2019 with a start date of July 1, 2020.  

The University of Nevada, Reno is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Applications must be submitted online, https://nshe.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UNR-external/job/University-of-Nevada-Reno---Main-Campus/Professor-Chair-Geological-Sciences_R0116800.  Please include an application letter briefly addressing your qualifications and leadership approach.  A CV, Statement of Research and Teaching Interests, and contact details for at least three references are required.


Location: Reno, NV
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Start Date: July 2020
Job Type: Full Time Hire


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Name: Wendy Calvin, Dept. Chair and head of search committee
Email: wcalvin@unr.edu

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