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Director, Kansas Geological Survey/Professor
Company: University of Kansas
Location: Lawrence, KS
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 10/19/2021
Expire Date: 12/19/2021
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Director, Kansas Geological Survey/Professor
The University of Kansas seeks outstanding applicants for the position of director of the Kansas Geological Survey. The director serves as the State Geologist and establishes the vision and goals of the KGS that address geological studies and research leading to a better understanding of the geology of Kansas, with special emphasis on natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity, and geologic hazards. The director sets the strategic direction for the KGS and holds a 15% joint appointment as a tenured faculty member in an appropriate academic department. The director has unique opportunities to develop a personal research program synergistically within the KGS and collaboratively with a large and diverse KU research community.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader and scholar with a distinguished record of scholarship/research, experience in leading organizations or large-scale initiatives, strategic planning and facilitation skills, and the ability to effectively communicate the mission, vision, goals and culture of the KGS to employees, the university, state of Kansas, external agencies, industry partners, and others.

A doctorate in the geosciences and at least 10 years of professional experience in the geosciences are required. Candidates must also be eligible for faculty appointment as a full professor with tenure in the appropriate academic department.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are central to the university’s mission and a critical component of Jayhawks Rising, KU’s strategic plan. KU encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals in underrepresented groups that have a commitment to contributing to a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with our students, faculty, staff, industry and collaborative partners that are located across the globe.

Apply on the Work at KU website. Review begins Jan. 1, 2022 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool is identified. A complete online application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and a diversity and inclusion statement.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. See full policy.

Qualifications & Requirements
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) record of accomplishments in application materials, (2) descriptions of experience in application materials, (3) interactions during on-campus interview, and (4) information from professional references.

-Doctorate in the geosciences and at least 10 years of professional experience in the geosciences.

-Prior administrative and/or leadership experience, which may be demonstrated to include budgeting, personnel
supervision and evaluation, and/or program development.

-National recognition in a field of geoscience research, as demonstrated by a record of refereed publications, external
funding, professional service, scientific leadership, and/or other qualifications suitable for a joint appointment with tenure in
an academic department of the university.

-Demonstrated ability to work in a university setting with a wide constituency, including staff, academic faculty, the public,
government officials, service organizations and the private sector as identified in application materials, references and

-Demonstrated knowledge of natural resources and environmental aspects of their use as reflected in research, publications,
scholar activities, or professional experience.

-Excellence in oral and written communication, as demonstrated by professional publications, presentations, and interactions
during the interview process.

-Eligibility for faculty appointment as a full professor with tenure in the appropriate academic department.
Contact Information
Contact Name: Deanne Arensberg
Company Name: University of Kansas
Contact Email: dgarens@ku.edu
Company Description:
In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. Today, our enrollment sits at 28,500. From that single building, we have grown to five campuses — the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation. We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service.
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