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Director and Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

The School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SMNS) in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for School Director. This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in a rapidly growing School; one embedded in the truly interdisciplinary and innovative environment of New College.

SMNS currently offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Applied Computing, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biotechnology & Bioenterprise, Computational Forensics, and Statistics. Additionally, SMNS will be offering two new M.S. degrees, an M.S. in Biological Data Science and a Professional Science Master in Forensic Science. Since 2017, increased enrollment enabled hiring six new tenure-track faculty. Faculty in SMNS have the opportunity to equally value research and undergraduate education while being housed in a R1 university.  This has created the unique opportunity for our diverse student population to obtain individual faculty research mentoring on the West Campus of ASU, a small close-knit residential campus setting. The director will continue this tradition of thinking broadly and holistically about the mission of the mathematical and natural sciences inside a university committed to the ASU charter: where we are "measured not by whom we exclude, but whom we include and how they succeed".

We are seeking exceptional candidates eligible for appointment at the rank of Full Professor to become SMNS Director; a position made open by an internal promotion. The successful candidate should complement,without duplicating, the expertise of the Associate Director (a Marine Biologist) in the breadth of disciplines within MNS, and be prepared to lead SMNS in its next phase of expansion.  The SMNS Director will continue to advance:

  • high-quality research among a rapidly growing community of tenured and tenure-track researchers;
  • student enrollment, building on multi-year double-digit percent growth;
  • impactful education through undergraduate research and innovative programmatic development and funding;
  • interdisciplinarity within SMNS and New College;
  • inclusion, at the student and faculty level and across all aspects of the school’s operations;
  • collegiality, by developing transparent processes and clearly communicating and building consensus around shared objectives.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have: a) a Ph.D. in a field related to the academic programs currently within the School; b) a research record of excellence warranting appointment as a Full Professor with Tenure at ASU; c) an ongoing program of research and publication; d) demonstrated potential to support and develop new externally-funded projects; and, e) evidence of leadership in an academic context.

Desired Qualifications: a) an externally-funded research program in an area of expertise that complements existing strengths and needs of SMNS; b) the ability to promote new and existing interdisciplinary collaborations in research and teaching; c) enthusiasm for developing new initiatives, new programs, and/ or new curricula; d) evidence of leadership experience in an interdisciplinary program or Center, and/or administrative experience within a School, Department or College; e) demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population, including students with disabilities and first-generation, non-traditional, low income, and underrepresented minority students, etc.; and f) an appropriate record of university and professional service.

More information about ASU’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences can be found at https://newcollege.asu.edu/mns; more information about ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences can be found at http://newcollege.asu.edu.

ASU has a strong commitment to a racially diverse faculty; one that is reflective of the contemporary United States.

Deadline: August 16, 2019; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.

Application procedure: Please submit the following items, electronically, to Sara Cutrone via sara.cutrone@asu.edu.  1) A letter of application that describes: (a) the breadth of experience that will contribute to leading an interdisciplinary school; and (b) how the ASU Charter is reflected in past work and future plans; 2) a current curriculum vitae with contact information; 3) a research statement; 4) a statement on leadership philosophy that addresses the needs of faculty, staff, and students; 5) a statement on diversity; and, 6) the names and contact information for three references (references will not be contacted during initial review and will only be contacted after candidate notification).

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU's full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) and Title IX policy are located at https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX.