Arizona State University (ASU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Physics with a concurrent appointment as tenured Professor. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020.
The Department of Physics, housed in the Division of Natural Sciences within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among ASU’s most distinguished units and is a leader in research and educational initiatives in biological and soft matter physics, nanoscience and materials physics, cosmology, particle physics and astrophysics, and physics education. A vibrant community of scholars, teachers, and professionals, the ASU Physics Department has 52 teaching faculty, including 45 tenured and tenure-track, who serve more than 8000 undergraduates, 270 physics undergraduate majors, and 125 PhD and MS students. ASU Physics plays a critical role in ASU’s educational mission. The unit has evolved over the years in response to the needs of students, pioneering new degrees and online programs, and engaging in cross-cutting interdisciplinary research.
The Chair of the Department of Physics will lead a unit with a broad, ambitious, and impactful vision. The successful Chair will be a world-class scientist with demonstrated leadership ability, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong track record of funding, with a deep commitment to teaching innovation, and an interest in engaging with external stakeholders. The Chair will have a vision for the future of the ASU Department of Physics as a leader in its field, and a leadership plan that aligns with the University's culture of innovation and inclusion.
Candidates are required to have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or a closely related field, a distinguished scholarly record commensurate with appointment at the rank of tenured full professor, and demonstrated potential for a major administrative position. In addition, it is desired for the candidate to have an appreciation for a breadth of research areas within physics and interdisciplinary sciences, including a commitment to working across disciplines, academic units, divisions, and schools; evidence of excellent communication and organizational skills; demonstrated innovative and strategic leadership; proven experience serving a diverse student and/or faculty community; strong commitment to student success; and an informed grasp of key issues affecting faculty recruitment, retention, and promotion.
Arizona State University is a leading public university, widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing US research universities, and ranked as #1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report four years in a row. ASU is leading a bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University, and has developed numerous new programs and units – including the School of Molecular Sciences, the Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability, and the School of Earth and Space Exploration, which includes astronomy – that defy and bridge disciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge while developing solutions to the most challenging issues of our time. Located on four campuses and two research parks in the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU is one of the largest universities in the United States, with a strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research, and teaching excellence. The university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for research and community engagement around issues of physical sciences and engineering. We invite potential applicants to learn more about the Department of Physics and Arizona State University by visiting https://physics.asu.edu and https://newamericanuniversity.asu.edu/. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting https://thecollege.asu.edu/faculty.
Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2019. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. Applicants must submit electronically (in MS Word or PDF format) a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae and a brief statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence to: http://apply.interfolio.com/68066. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to: David.Smith@asu.edu.
The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.
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ASU 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. For more information on ASU’s policies, please see: https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and its complete non-discrimination statement at: https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.
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