The Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University (OSU) invites applications for the position of School Head. The University seeks an experienced, dynamic leader with a strong commitment to the disciplines that make up the School of Geology. The Head serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the School both within and outside of the University, and ensures that the School serves as a vital resource to the state and region.
About Oklahoma State University
Established in 1890, Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepare students for success in the 21st century. OSU has more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students across its five-campus system, with more than 25,000 on the Stillwater campus. Through its ten colleges, over 1,600 faculty members educate students from all 50 states and 120 nations. The faculty of OSU exceed $125 million annually in research expenditures.
About the Boone Pickens School of Geology
Currently the School has 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 3 research scientists/ post-doctoral fellows, approximately 70 undergraduate students and 85 graduate students. The School has recently expanded and will continue growing in terms of student enrollment, additional faculty, and external resources. The School houses modern research and teaching facilities, including well-equipped geochemistry, geophysics, remote sensing, sedimentology, and tectonics laboratories, as well as technology-enabled classrooms and the Devon Visualization Laboratory. The School also maintain s a Field Camp in Canon City, Colorado. The School’s mission and activities are strongly supported by an extended network of alumni and an active advisory board. The School maintains a strong facultystudent-alumni relationship and active student chapters for professional organizations. The Position
Reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Head of the School is the chief academic, administrative, and budgetary officer as well as the primary spokesperson for the School. The Head should provide visionary and innovative direction for the School while providing forward-thinking leadership for the faculty, staff, and students. The Head will be responsible for providing leadership in defining the School’s strategic priorities, for recruiting and retaining a diverse and highly qualified student body and faculty, and for continuing the current growth of the School across its undergraduate and graduate programs.
Specific responsibilities of the Dean include:
•promoting high-quality undergraduate and graduate experiences; •advocating for and supporting the work and mission of a multidisciplinary faculty; •promoting a culturally aware and welcoming environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students; •providing leadership and infrastructure to support faculty research and external funding initiatives; •leading fundraising initiatives and promote alumni development to meet current and future College priorities •maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with the community, benefactors, and industry; •working closely with the Alumni Advisory Board and other constituents on issues related to the enhancement of the School; •representing the School to University administration; serving as a School advocate and spokesperson at academic, social, and public functions; and being involved with community service activities; and •advancing the School’s internationalization initiatives and enhancing its global partnerships.
Applicants should have a PhD in geosciences or a related field, have an outstanding research and teaching record and be highly regarded and recognized by the national and international geoscientific community. A record of an established collaboration with the energy industry is desirable. Prior administrative experience is preferred and potential for academic leadership and mentoring is expected. The Boone Pickens School of Geology Head position is designated 50% administration and 50% academic. The successful candidate will be allowed to have reduced teaching load, but will maintain a research program through externally-funded projects, peer-reviewed publications and mentoring of graduate students. The specific research field is open but the successful candidate is expected to strengthen the School's research foci in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, continental tectonics and neotectonics, and surficial processes and environmental studies
Applicants should submit statements detailing: (l) Leadership vision, (2) Research interests, and (3) Teaching philosophy along with a Curriculum Vitae, and the names, addresses, e-m ail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to the University’s executive search firm:
Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner Chelsie Whitelock, Senior Associate Buffkin/Baker 10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190 Brentwood, TN 37027 firstname.lastname@example.org
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