Department Chair

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November 27 2018
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

University of Idaho

Department Chair

Location: Moscow

Division/College: College of Science

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Full/Part Time: Full Time

We invite applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Physics. The anticipated start date is August 12, 2019. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field and a record of scholarly work appropriate for appointment at a senior rank. The successful applicant should ideally have a demonstrated record of leadership and administrative effectiveness, a strong commitment to the principles of faculty governance, teaching experience, and good interpersonal skills. The candidate will teach departmental courses and be expected to carry out an active research program that will complement or enhance the current research programs, with preference to a theoretical area.

The University of Idaho is the principal research institution in Idaho and the state's leading Ph.D. granting university. The department consists of ten faculty and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The primary areas of research in the department are experimental condensed matter physics, planetary science and astronomy, theoretical nuclear physics, and experimental and computational biophysics. Moscow, Idaho offers a quality living environment and is considered as one of the top 10 "best affordable places to live" in the US. The state of Idaho and nearby state of Washington offer many outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, mountain biking, hunting, horseback riding, and fishing.

Position Summary:
The administrator of a school, division, or department (i.e., the first organizational unit below the college level) is responsible for interpreting university and college objectives and policies for the faculty of the unit and, through leadership, ensuring faculty participation in formulating and carrying out the unit's policies within the framework of the objectives and policies of the college and university. The role may be defined more specifically by the bylaws of each college, but it is understood that the general responsibility for leadership includes: assisting higher administration in the assignment [3240 A] and in the evaluation [3320 and 3340] of the services of each member of the unit's faculty and staff; promoting effective leadership of personnel and management of departmental resources; providing leadership in the development and implementation of unit plans; providing for open communication with faculty and staff; fostering excellence in teaching, scholarship and outreach for faculty, students, and staff in the department; effectively representing all constituents of the department; and continuing personal professional development in areas of leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Doctorate in Physics or closely related field.
-Current rank of Full Professor, or ability to obtain such upon hiring.
-Must meet the eligibility requirements for tenured status upon hire in accordance with policy and procedures outlined in the University of Idaho's Faculty and Staff Handbook, 3520.
-Demonstrated record of research productivity in physics.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Evidence of leadership and administrative skills.
-Currently active research program.
-Experience in teaching.
-Dedication to the principles of faculty governance.
-Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment with diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Posting Number: F000737P

Posting Date: 11/09/2018

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:
First consideration will be given to applications received by January 21, 2019. In addition to the online application, please submit the following: -CV -Cover Letter/Letter of application -Names and contact details of 3-4 references. -Description of research objectives -Teaching statement -A concise statement of leadership philosophy including contributions to diversity and inclusion (upload to the Other Document 1 field)

For more information, contact the Physics Chair Search Committee,, or visit the department website at . The position will remain open until filled. The application review process will start on January 10, 2019. U of I is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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