Chair of the Department of
at the University of South
Florida in Tampa
The University of South Florida, one of the
three preeminent research universities designated by the state of
Florida and located in the heart of Tampa Bay, is accepting
applications and nominations for the position of Chair of
the Chemistry Department. The Chair is a 12-month
administrative appointment accompanied by a tenured faculty
appointment with the rank of full professor and full University
benefits. The Chair is expected to fulfill the duties and
responsibilities of the administrator while maintaining an active
and productive research group.
Complete information is available in the Search Profile at
With campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota, the
University of South Florida (USF) serves nearly 51,000 students and
offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and doctoral-level
degrees. High-impact, global research is central to the mission and
goals of USF. In 2018, the University ranked 25th among public
universities for research spending, according to a report by the
National Science Foundation (NSF), and 42nd in the nation overall
among public and private universities. With a total research
expenditure of $568 million in 2016-2017, USF is at the forefront
of research in medicine, science, engineering, and the arts.
Dedicated to empowering USF students to prosper, USF has been
recognized nationally for its achievements in closing the gap
between white and black student success. Forty-one percent of
enrolled students are African American, Black, Asian American,
Hispanic, Native American, or multiracial. The enrollment has 145
countries represented, with international students comprising 10
percent of the total student population.
Student success is reflected in the numbers. During the 2017-18
academic year, the USF System was home to 63 national scholarship
and fellowship student awardees, including Boren, Fulbright,
Gilman, and Goldwater. In 2017, the University was the number one
producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation.
The Chair of the Department of Chemistry offers an opportunity
for an active researcher-administrator to lead nationally
recognized academic programs in a cutting-edge research
institution, which is rapidly becoming a global leader in higher
Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry is housed within the College of Arts
& Sciences, which is under the leadership of Dean Eric M.
Eisenberg, Ph.D. One of the largest academic units within Academic
Affairs, the Department of Chemistry has 40 faculty (28
tenured/tenure track, 8 permanent instructors, and 4 core facility
Serving more than 3,500 undergraduate majors, the Department
offers two Bachelor of Arts and four Bachelor of Science degrees.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is certified by the
American Chemical Society.
Graduate degree programs include the Ph.D., Master of Arts, and
Master of Science. Of the 140 graduate students in Chemistry, 132
are in the Ph.D. program and 8 in the master’s degree programs.
Research opportunities are available across the chemistry spectrum,
including areas of departmental emphasis in Biomolecular
Transformations and Analysis, Drug Discovery, Chemical Education,
Computation and Modeling, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Catalysis,
Porous Materials, and Polymers Chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry has experienced enormous success
over the past decade in graduate research, infrastructure
development, high-profile research, SCH production, and STEM
graduate production at both the undergraduate and graduate student
levels. This success is the result of the College’s and Academic
Affairs’ investments in the Department, as well as thoughtful
department planning by the faculty and senior departmental
Significant equipment is dedicated to research. The department
has eight high-field superconducting NMRs, including an 800 MHz,
two 600 MHz, two 500 MHz, two 400 MHz, and a 250 MHz magnet. There
are also cores dedicated to x-ray crystallography, proteomics, and
chemical purification, analysis, and screening that house HRMS,
preparative and analytical HPLC/MS, and a robotic liquid
With annual research award dollars and expenditures of $4
million and a facilities and administrative (F&R) return rate
of 35 percent, the USF Department of Chemistry’s National Research
Council (NRC) ranking is in the top 50 of public Association of
American Universities (AAU).
The Department of Chemistry is organized into four areas of
strategic emphasis: Functional Porous Materials, Drug Discovery,
Discipline-based Education Research, and Chemical Catalysis, which
align with the United Nations’ global sustainability goals.
The interdisciplinary nature of these research focus areas is
evident in the Department’s broad research portfolio and
well-established collaborations with academic units across campus,
including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, the Colleges of
Engineering, Public Health, Pharmacy and Medicine, the Byrd
Alzheimer’s Institute, and the Florida Center of Excellence Center
for Drug Discovery and Innovation.
Visit the Department of Chemistry website at
The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South
Florida-Tampa seeks a world-class scholar and strategic leader to
serve as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry. A start date of
August 1, 2019, is preferred.
Reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the
Department Chair is responsible for leading the faculty in the
development of research, teaching, and public service. This
administrator also engages with industry, private foundations, and
alumni to advance the success and excellence of the department.
The Department Chair will receive a significant amount of
resources from the Provost, including multiple new hires.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the department in developing and implementing a compelling
vision for Chemistry at USF.
- Provide primary oversight for all administrative and budgetary
decisions of the department.
- Further the scholarly excellence of the department with the
goal of becoming one of the top 50 programs nationally.
- Foster, advocate, and promote cutting-edge, innovative
undergraduate and graduate curricula as well as multidisciplinary
research collaborations through effective leadership and
- Promote an inclusive and engaging environment for all
departmental faculty and staff, grounded on effective mentoring and
academic and professional development.
- Foster existing and establish new long-term connections with
- Foster a culture of active alumni engagement with the
department that celebrates its graduates as the stewards of its
Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in chemistry or closely
related field, a scholarly record commensurate with the level of a
full professor, and a world-renowned reputation in research.
Applicant must have an active research grant, preferably with NIH
or NSF, that can be transferred to USF.
- Internationally recognized scholar in any of the
sub-disciplines of chemistry as evident from high impact
publications, citations, and h-index
- Full professor from an academic chemistry department within a
major research university (AAU or equivalent)
- Administrative/leadership experience as a Chemistry Chair or
Vice Chair at a major research university
- Well-funded through any of the major federal funding agencies
(i.e., NIH, NSF, DOD, DOE, etc.)
Preference will be given to individuals who:
- have been involved in fostering and promoting cutting-edge,
innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula as well as
multidisciplinary research collaborations
- have engaged in collaborative multidisciplinary research in at
least one of USF Chemistry’s focus areas: Functional Porous
Materials, Drug Discovery, Discipline Based Education Research, or
Chemical Catalysis or closely related areas
- have fostered a culture of active alumni engagement at his/her
- have been involved in entrepreneurial activities that have
relied upon discoveries made within the individual’s lab or those
of collaborators and/or fostered long-term connections with
industry at his/her home institution
- have a well-articulated and data-driven vision to boost
departmental excellence as measured by rankings and student
- foster productivity and excellence through a culture of
inclusivity and collaboration
University of South Florida
Established in 1956, the University of South Florida is one of
the largest public universities in the nation and among the top 50
universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures.
USF is one of only four Florida public universities classified by
the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top
tier of research universities. It is one of 49 public research
universities nationwide classified as both a Doctoral University
with “Highest Research Activity” and as a “Community Engaged”
institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
The USF System includes three institutions, each separately
accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools: USF - Tampa, USF - St.
Petersburg, and USF - Sarasota-Manatee. The USF System was formed
to bring its three institutions together, so that collectively and
collaboratively they could serve the region and beyond in optimal
ways, resulting in a stronger presence and a distinctiveness that
provides an unstoppable competitive differentiation. Because of
this strategic alignment, the USF System transforms its annual
budget of $1.5 billion into an economic impact of $4.4 billion.
USF offers more than 240 degree programs at the undergraduate,
graduate, specialty, and doctoral levels though 14 colleges. The
dynamic teaching and learning environment inspires innovation,
creativity, and collaboration.
More than 2,000 distinguished scholars, researchers, and expert
teachers, nearly all holding Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their
fields, make up the USF faculty. In 2017, USF faculty were awarded
101 highly prestigious awards.
USF ranked 4th worldwide for organizations with the most Fellows
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
named in 2017, a rank USF has held for the past four years. As of
2018, USF has a total of 60 AAAS Fellows among its faculty,
including three in the Department of Chemistry.
The University is the founder and home of the National Academy
of Inventors (NAI), a non-profit member organization spanning more
than 250 U.S. universities and governmental and non-profit research
institutes. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 450 USF faculty,
staff, students, and alumni members, who collectively hold more
than 2,400 U.S. patents.
In 2015, USF was named an Innovation & Economic Prosperity
University by the Association of Public and Land-grant
Universities, in recognition of its strong commitment to economic
engagement. It is one of only 64 universities nationwide and one of
only three in Florida to receive the designation.
Visit the University of South Florida’s website at
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Tampa Bay metro area is a vibrant, sprawling, and diverse
region that encompasses three cities – Tampa, St. Petersburg, and
Clearwater. With nearly 3 million residents, the area offers all
the amenities of a large metropolitan area. Along with a high
quality of life, the area has low unemployment, mild winters,
beautiful Gulf coast beaches, professional sports, moderate cost of
living, and quality schools. Florida also does not have a state
personal income tax.
Tampa is one of the best large cities to live in, according to a
2018 ranking from WalletHub. Whether looking for family
fun, outdoor recreation, historic places, or great food, the Tampa
Bay area has it.
Application and Nomination Process
Confidential inquiries are welcomed, and nominations are
To apply - Application packet must include: 1)
Cover letter articulating your vision for this position; 2)
Curriculum vitae. 3) Teaching statement and research plan, and 4)
At least five references with full contact information, including
e-mail addresses (references will not be contacted without
Information regarding additional required materials will be
provided upon receipt of the application packet.
Submit application materials to USF-CHE@myersmcrae.com by
April 22, 2019, for best consideration.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Submit nominations to USF-CHEfirstname.lastname@example.org
with full contact and e-mail information for the nominee.
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Barfield, Senior Vice President, of Myers McRae
Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting with this
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institution that embraces diversity in the workplace. Under Florida
law, employment applications, resumes and additional applicant
documentation are subject to public record.
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