Director of Diversity Programs in Geosciences - The Pennsylvania State University, USA

The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University, on the University Park Campus, invites applications for a fixed-term multiyear faculty position as Director of Diversity Programs. The initial appointment will be for a 3-year term, from the date of hire, with excellent possibility for renewal. We seek a colleague who will build on existing departmental programs, mentor students, and lead, develop and innovate a suite of sustainable research and teaching initiatives that promote and support a diverse body of students, staff, and faculty members committed to inclusivity and equity. Existing programs within the Department of Geosciences and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) include AfricaArray, TRiO programs, a joint degree program with Fort Valley State University, Millennium Scholars, WISER (Women in Science and Engineering) and oSTEM (Out in STEM). The successful candidate will work to develop and implement programs broadening diversity, inclusion, and educational equity in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State and within the broader academic community. This work will include: fostering existing and developing new diversity initiatives in Geosciences; acquiring outside funding for projects; an expectation to teach and/or conduct research that is published in peer reviewed journals, reports, and conference abstracts; engaging in professional development leading to national or international stature in the candidate's areas of interest. Ideal candidates will have experience in multicultural excellence and Geosciences pedagogy, including demonstrated experience working with a diverse population of students and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively towards common goals with a variety of stakeholders. The successful candidate will work closely with the EMS Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Equity. At the time of appointment, applicants must have either a Ph.D. in Geology or a related field and demonstrated experience managing diversity, inclusion and/or educational equity programs, or a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Education, Multicultural Affairs, Sociology or a related field and demonstrated experience managing Earth Science projects. We anticipate filling the position at the assistant research or assistant teaching professor rank but applications at higher rank may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Appointment could begin as early as January 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted online and include: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement demonstrating evidence of fostering diversity, equity, and an inclusive environment in the department/workplace; a statement of research and teaching vision; and names and contact information for four references. For additional information, please contact Tanya Furman, Chair of the Search Committee, at The Pennsylvania State University`s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building a talented, inclusive and culturally competent workforce, in conjunction with the Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Equity. We understand that our shared future is guided by basic principles of fairness, mutual respect, and commitment to each other.

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01 September 2019
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