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CMSE Chair

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Closing date
Oct 2, 2022

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CMSE Chair

Michigan State University


Position Summary

Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for an educator and scholar with the vision to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE). The CMSE department ( is entering its eighth year as one of the first academic units in the nation to focus on computational science and data science as a discipline. Currently housing over 57 full-time and associated faculty members, the department seeks to educate the data-driven work force of the future and build collaborative interdisciplinary teams with expertise, amongst other, in machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical learning, algorithm development, data analytics, mathematical theory, and application domains. The application domains span several disciplines in the natural sciences and mathematics, medicine, engineering, the social sciences, and the humanities, with a strong commitment to enhance computational science and data science across disciplines. CMSE faculty have joint appointments in eleven units and are leaders in astrophysics, bioinformatics, geosciences, machine learning, medical imaging, plant science, quantum chromodynamics, soft matter physics, scientific computing, large scale simulations, and topological data analysis. The department faculty members have strong dedications and commitments to research and education at all levels in computational and data science. The CMSE department hosts a thriving undergraduate and Master’s program in data science, and a PhD program that has a popular dual degree program across units.


Required Degree

Doctorate – Computational science, data science or equivalent fields


Minimum Requirements

Chair candidates should be committed to the advancement of undergraduate and graduate education, have a distinguished record of research and professional accomplishment, have strong leadership and management abilities, and be dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty. Continuation of an active research program is expected and will be supported. The successful candidate must be eligible for an appointment at the rank of tenured full Professor.


Required Application Materials

 A completed application must include: 1). A curriculum vitae with full publication, funding records, and list of mentees, 2). A research statement highlighting past research accomplishments and future plans that frame the applicant’s ability to conduct independent research. This statement should include current or planned efforts relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), 3). A teaching statement describing the applicant’s experience in instruction and mentoring of students, including experience teaching and mentoring students from broadly diverse demographic and social backgrounds, 4). Three-page statement of your interest and strengths related to the position, including the candidate's vision for the growth of the research, teaching, mentoring, and diversity components of CMSE, as informed by personal experience. Evidence for supporting inclusiveness should be provided in this statement, 5). A statement on leadership, including leadership roles and accomplishments, and budgetary and administrative experience, and 6). Names and contact information for four individuals who can provide letters of reference on the candidates record of research, mentoring, leadership, and building a diverse and inclusive community. Letters will only be solicited for candidates selected for on-campus interviews. Best efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality prior to this interview.


Applicants should apply on-line at




MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. The department is particularly interested in individuals with a history of promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service.



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