Professor and Head

The Department of Chemistry at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks applications for the position of Department Head. Reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the position is a 12-month appointment charged with responsibilities for all departmental operations, including fiscal and personnel management, academic scheduling, resource allocation, strategic planning, and fundraising. The successful candidate will have a strong background in leadership, research, and teaching. The department head will hold the rank of Full Professor and will also be actively involved in research and teaching alongside their administrative duties.

The Department of Chemistry has 24 faculty members, including 18 tenure/tenure-track faculty. Their research spans the core chemistry disciplines, including chemical education, as well as interdisciplinary fields like biophysics, materials science, structural biology, and environmental science. Faculty are supported by external grants from agencies including NIH, NSF, DOE, and USDA. The department has recently expanded its research infrastructure by acquiring advanced mass spectrometry, X-ray diffractometry, and NMR instrumentation. The department has a vibrant community of over 50 undergraduate majors and over 80 graduate students, offering B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Collaborative opportunities are abundant across departments, colleges, and University Centers of Excellence. Additional information is available at www.chemistry.msstate.edu.

MSU is a comprehensive Carnegie R1 (Very High Research Activity) institution that serves more than 23,000 students. Known for its beautiful, expansive campus MSU is enhanced by robust relationships with the surrounding area and is highly regarded for its strong community engagement. A founding member of the Southeastern Conference, MSU is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission by serving and inspiring the people of Mississippi. MSU leads the state in research expenditures and consistently ranks among NSF’s top 100 research universities. More details about the university and surrounding areas can be found here.

Located in the growing city of Starkville, Mississippi, we are within a short drive of more than 120,000 acres of state and federal natural areas, with abundant recreational opportunities. Starkville is also located within convenient driving distance of several major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta (4.5 hours), Memphis (3 hours), Birmingham (2 hours), and New Orleans (4.5 hours).

Applicants must apply online at explore.msujobs.msstate.edu (search job 506561 under the Careers tab). Complete applications must include a cover letter, a CV, a statement of administrative experience and philosophy (2-page maximum), a statement of research and teaching expertise and goals (2-page maximum), a description of an action plan for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (2-page maximum), and contact information for five references. Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2023, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Informal inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Angus Dawe (dawe@biology.msstate.edu).

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