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Department Head - Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Internal posting. First date of consideration will be September 29, 2017, and will continue until the search is completed. Apply online at Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3-5 professional references to the electronics employment application.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Department Head - Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science
Work Location Springfield Campus
Department College of Natural & Applied Sciences Administration
Pay Grade Unclassified
Position only available to current, regular, full-time Missouri State University employees? Yes
Faculty Appointment Type Tenure Track
Term (if applicable) 12 month
Begin Date of Appointment 07/01/2018
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
General Function

The Department Head is responsible for administering an academic department within a college which may include and is not limited to, faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, curriculum development, student advisement, departmental budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the teaching, research, and service and related scholarly activities of the department.

Description of Primary Duties

• 12-mo position, initial 5-yr apt with annual review.
• Work with Dean and Admin team to advance concerns of the Dept, College and Univ;
• Ensure high standards for students, faculty and staff;
• Uphold personal/professional integrity;
• Effective communication for faculty, staff and students;
• Recruit and retain students;
• Oversee student advisement;
• Evaluate and recommend faculty for tenure, promotion, salary, leave and awards.
• Recruit and mentor faculty;
• Provide leadership in strategic planning;
• Administer academic programs of Dept;
• Prepare schedules and faculty assignments;
• Teaching in discipline;
• Partake in outreach activities;
• Sustain ties with alumni;
• Maintain involvement in local, regional, national prof organizations;
• Supervise support personnel;
• Manage dept facilities and equipment;
• Plan and oversee dept budgets;
• Promote fundraising for the Dept;
• Perform duties as assigned by the Dean

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

The minimum acceptable qualifications for the position of Department Head are prescribed by the College Dean in concert with guidance from the Provost. A demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse environment is required.

Additional Qualifications

• Earned PhD in Physics or closely related discipline
• The ranking of Full or Distinguished Professor in the MSU PAMS Department
• A record of excellence in university-level teaching, research and service
• Excellent leadership experience
• A leadership style that is visionary and collaborative
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff and students
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills
• Outstanding candidates will have experience with grant writing and research funding, administration of interdisciplinary programs, development of Student Learning Outcomes, program assessment plans, and a record of participation in outreach activities

Link to Job Description
Open Date 09/08/2017
Close Date (If Close Date is blank then the posting is considered open until filled)
Special Instructions to Applicants

Internal posting.

First date of consideration will be September 29, 2017, and will continue until the search is completed.

Apply online at

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3-5 professional references to the electronics employment application.

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Background Check Statement

Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.

Posting Detail

Posting Number 20170060FTF
Quicklink for Posting

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this vacancy?
    • Missouri State University Website
    • Web Postings
    • Print Publications
    • Diversity website posting
    • INSIGHT into Diversity
    • (HERC) Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • Job Board (, Monster, etc.)
    • Other Professional Conferences or Meetings
    • Personal Contacts / Networking
    • Newspapers
    • Other
  2. * Please specify the recruitment source where you located this posting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you a current full-time regular Missouri State University employee?
    • Yes, I am a current full-time faculty/staff University employee.
    • No, I am not currently employed by the University.
    • No, I am a current per course faculty member.
    • No, I am a current part-time staff University employee.
    • No, I am a current University graduate assistant or teaching assistant.
    • No, I am a current student University employee.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Administrative Philosophy
Optional Documents