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Chair, Geosciences, Tenure-Track Faculty

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Work Type: Tenure-Track
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: Sciences

Job Title

Chair, Geosciences, Tenure-Track Faculty


Dean Basic and Applied Sciences

University Expectation

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.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Summary/Basic Function

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University invites applicants for an innovative leader to chair (position#125005) 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.

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.

Documents Needed 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.

Special Instruction to Applicants 

For more information about serving as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University, please visit our faculty recruitment webpage at

If you need help applying, please contact Mitzi Dunkley, Faculty Recruitment Specialist, at (615) 898-5128. If you have position-specific questions, please contact Jessica Carter at

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment is required before employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU are available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424.

MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you must provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

Application Review Date: 11/08/2023


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