Texas A&M University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of The College of Geosciences. The university seeks a distinguished, innovative scientist and leader who will collaborate with members of the College to develop and promote a vision that advances new understandings of the Earth system and prepares the next generation of geoscientists. The College of Geosciences, established in 1965, comprises four departments-Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, Geology & Geophysics, and Oceanography, and seven major research centers, including the International Ocean Discovery Program and the Texas State Climatologist’s Office. It is home to 86 tenure-track faculty, 302 staff and 1,415 students.
The new Dean will be responsible for advancing the academic, intellectual, and financial well-being of the College, which excels in fundamental and applied research essential to solving some of society’s greatest challenges-climate change, extreme weather events, air and water quality, and development of sustainable energy and water resources-throughout Texas, the United States and globally.
Texas A&M University opened its doors in 1876 as the state’s first public institution of higher learning. Today it is a research intensive flagship university committed to developing educated leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good through transformational learning. Located in the heart of the Houston-Dallas-Austin triangle, within a 2-hour drive of the vast majority of the state’s 30 million residents, Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station is home to more than 62,000 students. An additional roughly 5,800 students are enrolled at the two special purpose branch campuses in Galveston, TX and Doha, Qatar, as well as educational sites across Texas. The university offers more than 130 undergraduate, 170 master’s, 93 doctoral, and 5 first professional degree programs through its 16 colleges and schools and branch campuses. Texas A&M University, a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities (AAU), is one of only a small number of institutions with designations as a land-, sea- and space-grant university. The university’s faculty engage in productive discovery and innovation, ranking among the top 20 public universities in research expenditures each year, while extending this knowledge beyond the campus through partnerships with communities, industry and the people of Texas, the nation and the world.
The next Dean will promote the College’s outstanding record of science, teaching and service within the University, in Texas, nationally and internationally to bring greater recognition and awareness of the College and all of the departments and research centers within the College. The University seeks an individual with a track record of successful, transparent leadership of a complex organization and who possesses the interpersonal, managerial and communication skills necessary to build and operate an effective enterprise and work collaboratively with others. The successful candidate must have significant academic and administrative leadership experience and demonstrated achievements in fundraising and engaging constituencies. He or she must have a Ph.D. with a minimum of 10 years of experience. A Ph.D. in a relevant field and appointment as a tenured faculty member with fifteen years of experience is preferred. Additional information about The College of Geosciences can be found at https://geosciences.tamu.edu/.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and should be sent electronically via e-mail to Texas A&M consultants, Suzanne Teer, Sophie Stava and Brian Bloomfield at TAMUGeosciences@wittkieffer.com. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 15, 2018.