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Department Chair, Geological Mining & Engineering & Sciences

Apply now Job No: 20029
Department: Geological & Mining Eng & Sciences
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Academic Administrator, Engineering, Sciences

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

*Internal Posting Only*

Job Description Summary

The College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences to begin on July 1, 2020. The department currently consists of approximately 12 faculty, 8 technical and administrative staff, 70 undergraduates, and 51 graduate students. The department has a strong reputation for teaching and research in a diverse range of geoscience and geoengineering topics.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

The Chair provides direction to the department, including strategic hiring of faculty, program development, accreditation and assessment, budgetary and space planning, and carrying out the responsibilities of the department charter. The Chair will work closely with the Dean of the College to contribute to the mission and strategic plan of the College and University with emphasis on:
a) growing the size and diversity of undergraduate and graduate student programs
b) increasing the impact of research through growth of external funding, participation of students, scholarship, and professional service
c) increasing funding to support research, scholarship, educational opportunities and effectiveness, and infrastructural development through advancement activities with alumni and industry partners
d) communicating and marketing the accomplishments and programs of the Department.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

The desired candidate will have an earned doctorate in geological engineering, geology, geophysics, mining engineering, or a closely related field that will complement departmental strengths.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Candidates at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor are invited to apply.

The candidate should have a distinguished record of research, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and effective leadership and communication skills.

Desirable Education and/or Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)


Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

11 months


1st Shift



Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

You may direct a letter of nomination to Jeremy Shannon, search committee chair at Search Committee Chair at Applicants will need to upload a letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae. The letter of interest should describe the applicant’s vision for research, teaching, and promoting the department and its programs, both internally and externally. To receive full consideration, please submit applications by February 28, 2020.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; career exploration, advice, and assistance are available for positions at the University and in the local community. Additional details on dual-career exploration with our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format should contact Human Resources at or 906/487-2280.

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Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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