The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites candidates to apply for a position to serve as its next Department Chair. The ideal candidate will be a tenured professor with previous leadership, administrative, and teaching experience. The department educates students, promoting science literacy, lifelong learning and appreciation of the Earth system. Graduates gain employment due to the quality and diversity of their skills, or go on to successfully attend graduate school. The multidisciplinary undergraduate department houses five majors: Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology. The EAS department is located in the recently renovated Science building and oversees several wet and dry labs, computer labs, and classrooms. The department has an active undergraduate research program. The university prioritizes teaching with a full time faculty load of 12 credits each semester and accompanying research and service expectations. The department chair would be expected to teach 3 credits during their 12 month contract. The department has 15 full time faculty, a number of affiliate faculty, and about 500 declared majors within the department. The department staff consists of a program coordinator, a lab coordinator, and a department advisor. The successful candidate will begin August 1, 2018.
Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of the largest public four-year universities in the state of Colorado serving the greatest number of ethnic minorities. MSU Denver, with nearly 20,000 students, is consistently ranked among the state’s most affordable, accessible, and diverse universities. Excellence in teaching and learning is MSU Denver’s primary objective. As an urban university committed to serving the local community, the university attracts students from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Located in the heart of the metropolitan Denver region, MSU Denver shares the 175-acre Auraria campus with two other post-secondary institutions. The campus is located in sunny downtown Denver on the Front Range of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, just a bus or light rail ride from any of the surrounding towns and suburbs. The Auraria campus is close to the Denver International Airport, providing convenient international and domestic travel, and is served by two stations of Denver’s light rail system, providing connectivity with the surrounding metro area. Denver is a growing and desirable city to live. Last year, US News and World Report ranked Denver the best place to live in the US.
The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.