Department Head-School of Chemistry and Materials Science

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October 04 2019
Physical Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Department Head-School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
COS School of Chemistry and Materials Science

Faculty Type (Tenure Status): Tenure-Track, Tenured
Faculty Discipline: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Material Science, Material Science & Engineering
Faculty Rank: Professor
Employment Category: Fulltime
Anticipated Start Date: 01-Jul-2020

Department/College Description
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Detailed Job Description
The School of Chemistry and Materials Science (SCMS) in the College of Science (COS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Professor and School Head. The successful candidate is expected to have a distinguished record of teaching and research, be a person of national and international academic stature, and come to this position with leadership experience. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of a tenured professor, commensurate with their intellectual and administrative abilities, and qualities of leadership. The appointment as School Head is an employee at will position and continues at the sole discretion of the Dean. As the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the School, the Head will be a role model for scholarship and academic excellence and will provide leadership, advocacy, oversight, and management. The Head will also work with the leadership team in the College of Science to cultivate prospective donors and research partners.



Offering BS degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and MS programs in Chemistry, and in Materials Science and Engineering, SCMS is a comprehensive research and education entity with a primary focus on undergraduate education. The School is looking to create and implement a strategic plan that will facilitate the development of Ph.D. programs in Chemistry, and in Materials Science and Engineering.


The term of office for a School Head is three years and is renewable. Upon completion of appointment as Head, the appointee will assume regular faculty member duties within the School.




The School of Chemistry and Materials Science is one of six academic units in RIT's College of Science, which also houses the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, the Integrated Sciences Academy, the School of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences.


SCMS consists of 24 full-time faculty members, and 4 full-time staff members. It houses BS programs in Biochemistry and Chemistry, and MS programs in Chemistry and in Materials Science and Engineering. There are approximately 125 undergraduate students, 52 graduate students, and 26 students who are currently on a BS/MS degree track (their MS degree being housed in SCMS), but who have not entered the graduate level of their degree yet. The Materials Science & Engineering program is an interdisciplinary graduate program of the College of Science and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT. In addition to the degree programs, SCMS provides the required Chemistry courses needed to support all other academic programs at RIT.


SCMS is committed to elevating its position and profile as a world-class research enterprise, and educating high caliber scientists and engineers in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Materials Science. The Head will guide hiring of new faculty, lead the School in implementing a dynamic strategic plan for education and research, and play a crucial role in shaping the direction of the College of Science. In support of our research enterprise, SCMS has recently completed extensive construction and renovation of its laboratories and has acquired and commissioned $1.3M in state of the art equipment for analysis and characterization of materials.



Required Minimum Qualifications



  • An earned doctorate in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant academic discipline.
  • Significant leadership and administrative experience essential to success of students, faculty and staff.
  • A significant record of peer-reviewed scholarship with the expectation of attracting continued external support.
  • Evidence of ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the universitys continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and individual differences.
  • Clear evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Research and teaching interests that align with the strategic thrusts in science and technology at RIT.


Required Minimum Education Level

Required Application Documents
Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, Research Statement, Statement of Diversity Contribution, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

How To Apply
The Search Committee is committed to ensuring the confidentiality of applicants.

Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 4867BR.
Please submit your online application; a cover letter addressing the listed qualifications, a detailed curriculum vitae, a brief statement of administrative, teaching and research experience, and references. In addition to submitting your curriculum vitae and cover letter please upload the following attachments:


  • A statement expressing your leadership and management styles
  • A statement describing your philosophies of teaching, research, and the relationship between them
  • A statement of your experience with and commitment to the principles expressed in RITs core values, its honor code, and its statement of diversity.Candidacy will be kept confidential until the candidate accepts an invitation for an on-campus interview, at which time a list of references will be expected.


Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Thomas W. Smith via email (

You may also contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Search Committee Chair, c/o Christie Lutzer, via email (
The committee will begin to review complete applications upon receipt, however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2019. It is expected that the new Head will assume the position no later than July 1, 2020.


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Additional Details
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