Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan
October 04 2018
Organization Type

An invitation to apply for the position of


Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters


The University of Michigan

Dearborn, MI

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn), a regional campus of the University of Michigan located in the city of Dearborn, Michigan, seeks an experienced leader to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences within the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. The Department offers programs in biology, chemistry, and physics, and the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry, earth science, environmental science, and microbiology. The Chair will work in close partnership with the Dean and the other department chairs during a time of unprecedented growth within the University.

Founded on just over 200 acres of the original Henry Ford Estate, UM-Dearborn was forged in a community of working people with a global economy in mind. The University offers its students a transformative education reflective of University of Michigan acclaim and rooted in an ongoing commitment to metropolitan Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. Since its inception, UM-Dearborn has set itself apart in higher education through intentional, meaningful engagement with local industry, government, and nonprofits. The University is rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative research, integrated and civic engagement, and is responsive to the changing needs of its diverse student body and the world in which they live and work.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the Department of Natural Sciences welcome candidates with a demonstrated commitment to teaching and service in addition to a record of scholarly distinction who will ensure that the Department, its faculty, and students continue to flourish. The Chair will report directly to the Dean and collaborate with colleagues within the Department and across the College to: develop and communicate a strategic vision for the Department; serve as an advocate for the Department and elevate its stature by encouraging the development of productive programmatic partnerships across disciplines within the Department and across the College and University; position the Department for future success by mentoring and supporting faculty; and enrich an already strong undergraduate student experience. The successful candidate will be an intellectual leader and a distinguished teacher, scholar, and innovator who brings a passion for students, research and service, and will demonstrate effective interpersonal and managerial skills and a commitment to undergraduate education by maintaining a high-quality learning environment for students. A PhD in a relevant field is required.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Search Committee in its identification and review of candidates. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals, and curriculum vitae with cover letters should be directed in confidence to:


Rebecca Kennedy, Partner

Micah Pierce, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Electronic submission is strongly encouraged


The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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