Chair, Department of Earth Sciences

The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware (US)
September 13 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Chair, Department of Earth Sciences

The University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

The University of Delaware seeks an inspirational and visionary leader for the position of Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. The Chair will be appointed at the full professor level with a renewable five-year term. The Department has undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) programs with topical expertise in geochemistry and hydrology, surface processes and earth system science, and the solid earth. The Department also participates in the Environmental Science (B.S.) and Environmental Studies Program (B.A.) as well as the graduate program in Water Science and Policy. The incoming Chair will be expected to advance the Department's mission in cooperation with the faculty and staff.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in the earth sciences or a related field. The successful candidate will be an established scientist with a proven publication and extramural funding record, a substantive history of engagement with professional organizations, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion within the earth sciences as exhibited by advising a diversity of students, promoting junior colleagues, etc. The successful candidate will offer a compelling vision for the Department over the next decade. With several recent hires, the Department is seeking a strategically-minded, proactive individual who can champion the Department internally and externally to further harness the creative potential of its faculty and students. In alignment with the strategic plan for the College, and in collaboration with the faculty, the new Chair will have the opportunity to develop a cohesive vision for the Department and enhance its international prominence through the development of innovative educational and research programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to enhance departmental relationships with alumni and other external stakeholders.

In addition to the Department of Earth Sciences, the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment also includes the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and the School of Marine Science and Policy, thereby encompassing a wide array of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs and a research-active faculty. The University of Delaware is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. It is state assisted but privately governed, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having very high research activity. The University currently enrolls approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students, and has plans to hire approximately 500 new faculty in the near future, with important initiatives in place to grow and enhance its graduate enrollment and programs. The College of Earth, Ocean and Environment and the Department of Earth Sciences expect to be part of and to benefit from this growth.

Applicants should submit a complete CV, statement of interest and experience, and a diversity statement at The reference number (Job ID) for the position is 494330 . Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair, Professor Delphis Levia, at For best consideration, application materials should be received by December 1, 2019. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.