The Hampton University School of Science invites nominations and applications for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Physics. The person selected for the position will be expected to begin work on September 1, 2011. Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning with accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The School of Science houses the departments of physics, biological sciences, chemistry, marine and environmental science, communicative sciences and disorders, physical therapy, atmospheric and planetary sciences, computer science, mathematics, and the Interdisciplinary Science Center.
The Department of Physics offers world-class research and education in physics. The goals of the department are to provide undergraduate and graduate majors in physics with a quality education leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Currently, research areas in optics and photonics, medical physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics are offered.
Duties and Responsibilities
The candidate will be expected to lead the faculty in the department in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; review the curriculum for currency and relevance, write proposals for external funding, schedule classes, advise students, evaluate faculty, ensure the effective operation of the department, respond to University directives, monitor the quality of instruction of the department, and carry out other duties that may be assigned.
The candidate will be expected to work with the dean and other faculty members to develop and submit proposals to funding agencies for support of educational programs and research. He/she will also assist the dean with management and administrative functions.
The chairperson of the department serves as both an administrator and faculty member, and is expected to provide effective leadership in both roles. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in physics and possess significant college-level teaching experience. The successful candidate must also have excellent written and oral communication skills, a history of scholarly achievement, and the ability to organize effectively. He/she must value diversity in all dimensions of life.
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The compensation package will be commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vita, personal contact information, and names of three professional references along with postal and email addresses and telephone numbers electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to mail your material, use the following address:
Robert M. Dixon, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Science
Hampton, VA 23668
If you have any questions, please dial (757) 727-5239.