Department Chair of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy
Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

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Department Chair of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to Georgia College's employment website, and thank you for your interest in employment at our university. Georgia College is an integral part of our local and neighboring communities and we are seeking candidates who share that commitment and want to support our mission. Our university team is comprised of faculty and staff professionals who are dedicated to continuing to move Georgia College forward as a nationally preeminent public liberal arts university. Georgia College is located in Milledgeville, a charming town less than a two-hour drive from Atlanta. As you take the time to learn more about our university, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We invite you to review the current employment opportunities that are available at Georgia College.

In keeping with the University's mission, we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university's campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect, and responsibility. Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship, and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

The Department of Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy is positioned within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the largest of the University's four colleges. Approximately 195 full-time faculty teach 3,000 students in thirteen departments, with majors encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs.

The department provides comprehensive undergraduate degrees and minors in chemistry and physics. Included among the physics majors are students who are pursuing a pre-engineering focus. We also teach fundamentals courses for the general student in the university core curriculum and the foundation sequences in chemistry and physics for pre-health degree students. The department provides a wide range of services to the institution through its programs, facilities, and outreach.

Our programs are designed to provide depth in the discipline through sequential study. Emphasis is placed on scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving. Recognizing that there is a profound connection between analytical thinking and the ability to express ideas clearly, the Department provides opportunities in its courses for writing and reporting on scientific topics. Courses provide students with the most current objective descriptions of the physical universe in scientific terms and present the theories and models that integrate these observations and make them understandable. Through laboratory work and by instrumental analysis, students gain experience in making observations and measurements and then transforming these into useful characterizations. The majors in chemistry and physics prepare students for graduate study, for science education, for employment in a laboratory environment, or for studies in several allied areas such as engineering, medicine, and many health service professions.

Job Summary
Superior departmental leadership is critical to the overall success of the Georgia College mission. National searches for all vacant chair and administrative positions are an ingredient for becoming an increasingly preeminent institution. The department chair provides leadership for the department and works collaboratively with the faculty to meet the academic needs of students and foster excellence in programs, instruction, scholarly activity, and service. The position is a 12-month appointment reporting to the dean of the college. As a member of the Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy faculty, the department chair contributes to the work of the department through teaching, remaining active as a scholar, and through service. The department chair must have the capability to do the following: manage effectively course scheduling, budgets, personnel and facilities; lead curriculum development; cultivate and maintain alumni relations and raise funds; and carry out other department leadership functions in addition to performing other duties as assigned.

Faculty - Department Chair -

- Implement a departmental mission including short and long term plans based on the University's Vision Statement and Goals and the missions of the College.

Supervision - -In collaboration with department faculty, the chair is responsible for recruitment, orientation, mentoring, and advisement of students, staff, and faculty-Assess and recommend faculty candidates for vacant positions

Leadership - Administer faculty and staff development programs- Make recommendations regarding faculty reappointment, tenure, and promotion- Handle personnel challenges

Program Management - - In collaboration with department faculty, plan, staff, and schedule classes- Participate in program review and evaluation of existing degree, accreditation, certification, and other academic programs; development of new programs; and implementation of improved programs to enhance the quality of instruction, academic programs, and research- Manage department and college facilities and equipment in a manner that promotes quality learning in classroom and laboratories

Administration - Supervise all employees in the Department and administer performance evaluations

Budgeting - Collaborate with department faculty to plan the department budget; administer the budget

Faculty - Teaching/Instructing - The department chair is expected to teach a half-load (12 contact hours) during the academic year.

Faculty - Service to Institution - Serve on elected and appointed committees and accept other duties as assigned by the Dean

Professional Development - As a member of the Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy faculty, the department chair is expected to remain active as a scholar in their area of expertise.

Advising - Support graduates in their efforts to secure employment or gain admission to graduate or professional schools

Liaison - Serve as the Department's representative and liaison with other University offices and departments

Other Duties and Responsibilities - -Maintain and develop public and alumni relations-Collaborate with University Advancement and the Dean's office on fundraising and donor cultivation initiatives-Foster diversity and inclusion-Acquire full knowledge and understanding of relevant university policies, rules and procedures to help guide faculty on decision making, policy building, budget and spending, and the tenure and promotion process-Other duties as assigned.


  • A terminal degree in one of the disciplines in the department, with the experience and documented achievements appropriate for consideration of a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Relevant academic administrative experience;
  • a strong commitment to the college and university mission and a passion for working with and mentoring faculty and students; excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, including a well developed sense of fairness and integrity; a commitment to fostering academic excellence; and demonstrated commitment to the values and practice of inclusion and diversity.
  • Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( (faculty credentials)
  • A record of effective teaching, service, and scholarly activity within the candidate's area of specialization.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates with:
-at least three years of academic leadership experience at the program level or higher;
-a record of success in academic leadership at the program level or higher;
-experience with curriculum development and integrating high impact, engaged pedagogies into the curriculum, strategic planning, and student learning outcomes assessment;
-successful experience with personnel management;
-experience with student, faculty, and staff evaluation, recruitment, and retention;
-success with alumni relations and donor cultivation;
-a record of excellent business skills, fiscal responsibility, and organizational skills.

Required Documents
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
List of References
Unofficial copies of transcripts

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Georgia College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

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