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Department Chair – Chemistry

Job Number: 01638

The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University seeks a strong leader to serve as Department Chair in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The College has invested heavily in the hiring of new faculty in Chemistry, and is looking for a Chair to lead this successful department to greater national prominence. This is a tenured faculty position at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, depending on background and experience of the applicant.

The Department Chair is part of the leadership team of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The Chair will be expected to promote principles of shared faculty governance, foster a transparent culture that values and seeks input from all stakeholders, and facilitate professional development of faculty, students, and staff and guide the department to increased research activity and competitiveness. The Chair will provide responsible and professional leadership in managing the day-to-day operational needs of the department, including fiscal management, hiring and supervision of staff, evaluating faculty, and allocating facilities and equipment for teaching, research, and service activities.

The Department of Chemistry consists of 21 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 9 teaching faculty, 13 staff members, and about 70 graduate students. The department is divided into four divisions representing the traditionally defined fields of chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, and Physical. Current department research interests include mass spectrometric characterization of proteins and peptides, supramolecular systems, micro-fluidics, fuel cells, synthesis of novel organic and inorganic molecules, catalysis, medicinal chemistry, formation and manipulation of nanostructures, toxicology, disease related protein aggregation, separations, heavy metals in the environment, chaotic systems, nonlinear systems, surface characterization, chemical education, and forensic science.

WVU is a comprehensive land grant research institution located within 1 hour of Pittsburgh and 3 1/2 hours of the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, affordable housing, and a supportive environment to develop a visible and productive career. The Department website contains further information regarding research and the undergraduate and graduate programs. We welcome the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

Qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry or a relevant related field; evidence of successful administrative leadership; knowledge of research and educational trends in the discipline of chemistry; ability to work collaboratively in a diverse environment with a range of students, faculty, administrators, and external constituents; ability to manage budgets and establish fiscal priorities; strong written and oral communication skills; and an established record of successful teaching and externally funded research that will merit a grant of tenure at WVU.

To apply for this position, visit, navigate to the position title listed above, and submit (as a single PDF document) (a) a letter of application outlining your administrative experience and interest in this leadership position, your approach to managing your leadership role relative to research and teaching, and your philosophy of graduate and undergraduate education; (b) curriculum vitae: and© contact information for at least three references who may speak to your skills in leadership and management. Applications will be processed until the position is filled but those received by February 15, 2016 will receive priority consideration. Preferred start date of July 1, 2016 is negotiable. For further information, contact Associate Dean

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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