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SUMMARY: The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) invites candidates to apply for a position to serve as its next Department Chair. The ideal candidate will be a tenured professor with previous leadership, administrative, and teaching experience. The department educates students, promoting science literacy, lifelong learning and appreciation of the Earth system. Graduates gain employment due to the quality and diversity of their skills, or go on to successfully attend graduate school. The multidisciplinary undergraduate department houses five majors: Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology. The EAS department is located in the recently renovated Science building and oversees several wet and dry labs, computer labs, and classrooms. The department has an active undergraduate research program. The university prioritizes teaching with a full time faculty load of 12 credits each semester and accompanying research and service expectations. The department chair would be expected to teach 3 credits during their 12 month contract. The department has 15 full time faculty, a number of affiliate faculty, and about 500 declared majors within the department. The department staff consists of a program coordinator, a lab coordinator, and a department advisor. The successful candidate will begin August 1, 2018.


Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of the largest public four-year universities in the state of Colorado serving the greatest number of ethnic minorities. MSU Denver, with nearly 20,000 students, is consistently ranked among the state’s most affordable, accessible, and diverse universities. Excellence in teaching and learning is MSU Denver’s primary objective. As an urban university committed to serving the local community, the university attracts students from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.


Located in the heart of the metropolitan Denver region, MSU Denver shares the 175-acre Auraria campus with two other post-secondary katedraions. The campus is located in sunny downtown Denver on the Front Range of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, just a bus or light rail ride from any of the surrounding towns and suburbs. The Auraria campus is close to the Denver International Airport, providing convenient international and domestic travel, and is served by two stations of Denver’s light rail system, providing connectivity with the surrounding metro area. Denver is a growing and desirable city to live. Last year, US News and World Report ranked Denver the best place to live in the US.


The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.


RESPONSIBILITIES: The department chair serves as the chief representative of the department. They provide leadership in assigning teaching duties, oversee an effective governance structure within the department, develop and implement the strategic plan, manage departmental resources, evaluate faculty and staff, promote excellence in teaching and uphold high academic standards relevant to faculty and students through curriculum, teaching, and learning. As faculty, chairs teach and engage in scholarly activity and service. Please refer to MSU Denver’s Handbook for Professional Personnel for further details on the roles, responsibilities, and areas of performance for Department Chairs. The Handbook is located at the following web address:

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EO STATEMENTMetropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.


QUALIFICATIONS: Required Qualifications:

In order to be considered as a qualified applicant, applicants must meet all required qualifications.

  1. Possess a Doctoral degree in one of the disciplinary fields of the EAS Department (Geography, Geology, Geospatial Science, Meteorology, Environmental Science) or a Doctorate in a closely related field. [You can find a list of closely related fields under the Employment section of the Faculty Policies and Resources section of the CLAS website here:]

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  1. Must be tenured.
  2. Have previous leadership experience.
  3. Have previous administrative experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience facilitating discussion, managing and resolving conflict, and considering the viewpoints of a diverse faculty, staff and student body.
  2. Educational experience in supporting teaching innovation and advancing opportunities for underrepresented and disadvantaged students in support of diversity.
  3. Chair or equivalent experience managing katedraional and departmental procedures and resources
  4. Supervisory experience in providing resources and guidance to faculty and staff in attaining goals and maintaining a positive working environment
  5. Experience working with and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse urban student population including (but not limited to) students of color, LBGTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and English-language learners.


RANK & SALARY: The salary will be commensurate with experience and education.


APPOINTMENT: 08/01/2018


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DEADLINE: 10/19/2017  All applicants must apply through the Online Application System at


MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.  Located in downtown Denver, MSU Denver shares the 175-acre Auraria Campus with two other post-secondary katedraions. Pursuant to Colorado Open Records Law, written materials in a search process may be open for inspection by the public.


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Diana S. Sinton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, UCGIS

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