Department Chair – Statistics and Data Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas
Commensurate with experience
January 22 2018
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for the Department Chair in Statistics and Data Sciences.

SDS grew from the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation, established in 2007 to address the urgent need for new statistics courses and research support throughout UT. It became the College of Natural Sciences’ newest department in August 2014.

The mission of the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences (SDS) is to be a world-class center for statistical science that advances scholarship across the University and prepares UT graduates to flourish in an information-rich world. In pursuit of its mission, SDS has become a thriving academic resource for undergraduates learning critical data analysis skills and a home for a growing cadre of graduate students and faculty who are advancing its ability to turn the information explosion of the 21st century into discovery, knowledge, and innovation. Its current academic programs are the PhD in Statistics, the MS in Statistics, a Portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling, a Portfolio in Scientific Computation, a Certificate in Applied Statistical Modeling, and a Certificate in Scientific Computation. SDS also provides hands-on training through its statistical consulting services, software short courses, and the annual Summer Statistics Institute. The Department’s website is

SDS faculty have collaborated with biomedical researchers within the College of Natural Sciences, with UT’s new Dell Medical School, and has close partnerships with the Information, Risk, & Operations Management (IROM) Department in the McCombs College of Business, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the college’s Department of Mathematics. These collaborations and partnerships are expected to grow in coming years.

The undergraduate and graduate enrollments in SDS courses have doubled in the last five years, a rate of growth that is expected to continue. In response to this, as well as to the opportunity to expand on its interdisciplinary collaborations and applications across the university. The University will fund a significant number of new faculty lines in SDS during the expected term of the new Chair. The University has an established practice of mobilizing resources to recruit two-career academic couples and is committed to diversifying its faculty. These and other facets of the department’s trajectory make for an exciting time to become the new leader of SDS.

With over 12,000 students and 347 faculty, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is the largest academic division of the University. It is organized in 12 departments and houses 15 centers and institutes. Average annual research expenditures between 2011 – 2014 were $116 million. CNS has 12 top-ten ranked graduate programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015). For more information about the College, visit

The successful applicant will be a distinguished scholar and statistician and will have demonstrated leadership abilities in fostering collaboration and building consensus amongst colleagues who are part of an internationally recognized research program. Applicants should possess a vision for building the SDS department into a preeminent statistics and data sciences department and must have the leadership, administrative, and organizational skills necessary to do so. We seek candidates who will contribute to diversity through their research, teaching and leadership. Appointment requires the qualifications and accomplishments expected of a tenured member of the faculty at the full Professor level.

The College has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this Chair. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jennifer Rumain, Senior Associate, are managing the search. Applicants should submit a single PDF containing a letter of interest outlining their research and administrative experience, their CV, and a two or three-page statement of research interests to Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should go to the same address. Applications received by February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration. University policy requires that a background check be conducted on the successful candidate.


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