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Director, School of Earth and Space Exploration (Job #12730)

The ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a highly accomplished scholar to serve as a strategic and administrative leader in the position of Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE).  Appointment will be located on the Tempe campus with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the Dean of Natural Sciences, the Director will provide leadership, vision, and the capacity to engage faculty across a range of disciplines, while sustaining a culture of collaboration both within and beyond the School, strengthening links with other academic units at ASU, and with the wider community. The Director will also provide strong leadership in fiscal planning and administration, development and donor relations, the promotion of scholarship and external funding, the development/implementation of strategic diversity initiatives related to faculty, staff and/or students.

SESE is among ASU's most accomplished units (, and is home to a dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty committed to high-impact scientific research and discovery in Earth, planetary, and astrophysical sciences; practical and meaningful undergraduate (in-person and online) and graduate education programs; and inspirational public engagement activities. A particularly important aspect of the culture of SESE is the commitment to collegiality, transparency, and inclusiveness that SESE members have worked hard to develop, nurture, and maintain since the unit was founded over a decade ago.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be at the rank of full Professor at the time of application with tenure in SESE or other closely related academic unit at Arizona State University.
  • Demonstrated record of significant, relevant administrative experience
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • A successful record of externally-funded research
  • Demonstrated record of extensive experience and success  in teaching/mentoring undergraduates
  • Demonstrated record of experience with transdisciplinary collaborations
  • Well-articulated commitment to growing diverse student and faculty populations
  • Demonstrated ability or articulated potential to catalyze cutting-edge research
  • Demonstrated ability for successful mentorship and professional development of emerging scholars
  • Demonstrated record of experience with academic program development
  • Demonstrated record of experience with donor relations and fundraising
  • Demonstrated record of experience with education outreach  and public outreach activities

To apply: Candidates should submit their CV and a letter articulating the candidate’s leadership experience, how the candidate meets the qualifications listed above, and their vision for the future of SESE.  References may be requested and contacted at a later stage of the search. Candidates will be notified prior to any references being contacted.

Review of application materials will begin on February 8, 2019. Please submit all required application materials in a single email to Jim Bell, Search Committee Chair, at, and please obtain confirmation of receipt.

Arizona State University 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 the law. and