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Earth Sciences - Department Chair (PDF)

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The University of Western Ontario
Faculty of Science
department chair – department of earth sciences
applications are invited for the position of Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of
Science. Applications from internal candidates, who must hold at least the rank of Associate
Professor with tenure or its international equivalent, will be considered. A record of high quality
undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervision, and research in Earth Sciences is required,
as well as some administrative experience. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Earth
Sciences, or related discipline, and a strong record of research productivity in the form of
publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals, awards, invited talks and other scholarly
achievements. The successful candidate will have a clear vision for the direction of the
Department, demonstrated leadership ability and integrity, excellent communication skills, and a
willingness to be a strong advocate for the Department. The successful candidate will be
energetic and able to recognize, take, and create opportunities. They must have the ability to
establish and maintain strong relationships both within Science and across the Western
community, as well as in the Canadian Earth Sciences community.
The Chair will consult with the Dean on Departmental budgetary requirements and administer
the Departmental budget. The Chair will also be expected to develop and facilitate the
implementation of a Departmental academic, research and administrative plan that will aim to
position the Department within the top tier of Canadian Earth Sciences departments.
Furthermore, the Chair will be a part of the Faculty of Science leadership team and as such, will
have input into the annual budget and academic planning process for the Faculty of Science.
The Chair will develop and implement a strategy for mentoring, developing, and supporting
Departmental faculty and staff across career stages, with a strong commitment to equity,
diversity, inclusion, and decolonization.
About the Department: Teaching programs in the Department of Earth Sciences embrace a
broad range of geoscience fields that include programs that lead to professional registration in
Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Geoscience. The Department also hosts the
interdisciplinary, undergraduate Environmental Sciences program. Research fields encompass
a range of complementary and interrelated geoscience disciplines that fall within four themes:
Earth and Planetary Systems, Resource Geoscience, Tectonic Processes and Crustal
Dynamics, and Earth Evolution: Surface, Life and Climate. Further information can be found at
https://www.uwo.ca/earth/research/index.html . The multidisciplinary character of the
Department’s interests and expertise has resulted in teaching and research collaborations
across Western’s campus, such as with Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering,
Geography, Law, Physics & Astronomy, Statistical & Actuarial Sciences, and Visual Arts. The
Department is also closely affiliated with Western’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration.
About the University: With annual research funding exceeding $220 million, and an
international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive
universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world
application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive
salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful
campuses. Further information about Western can be found at http://www.uwo.ca/.
Candidates should submit a complete application package electronically, that includes a
curriculum vitae, a vision statement for the educational, research, and administrative/cultural
functioning of the department, as well as a cover letter addressing how their expertise and
vision fits this position.
The term of the appointment will be negotiated, normally a renewable five-year term. The
appointment is anticipated to commence on July 1, 2022.
Applications should be sent to:
Dr. Matt Davison
Dean of Science
North Campus Building
The University of Western Ontario
Reference Job ID: DOES2021
Considerations of applications will begin on January 28, 2021 and will continue until the
position is filled.

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