Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Michigan, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 14, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of department chair. We seek an established scholar and motivated leader committed to innovative research and scholarship, applied teaching methods, and professional excellence to promote our dynamic interdisciplinary department. Successful applicants will demonstrate high achievement in teaching, research, and service; a strong record of organizational management; experience managing external research funding; experience developing and/or evaluating curricula; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. A Ph.D. in a field that articulates with our Department of Social Sciences is required. Full and Associate Professors may apply.

The Department of Social Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to addressing socioeconomic, technological, and environmental change to create a sustainable, just, and prosperous world. Our faculty are institutional leaders in action-based learning, applied inquiry, and community-engaged research. We offer two graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Environmental & Energy Policy and Industrial Heritage & Archaeology. The department's undergraduate majors include Sustainability Science and Society, Anthropology, History, and Social Sciences. Candidates must articulate how their areas of specialization and professional experience will enhance these research and teaching strengths. These areas may include but are not limited to environmental history, public health and policy, climate and society, heritage policy and governance, risk and resiliency, cultural and natural heritage, and the politics and legacies of deindustrialization.

Strong candidates will demonstrate experience in collaboration across disciplines and working effectively within a structure of shared governance. Other desirable experiences include mentoring, program development especially in general education and/or curricula that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, working within technological or engineering higher education programs, and alumni relations and fundraising.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals. We are an ADVANCE Institution having thrice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce; we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community Candidates may be invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview.

The review of applications will commence on January 22, 2021. The Committee will give full consideration to applications received by that date. Interested candidates should complete the online application and upload required materials, including: (1) a letter of interest, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy, (4) a statement that describes the applicant’s past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, and (5) names and contact information for three references.

You can find out more about this position, including where to submit your materials electronically at:

Please direct inquiries to Dr. Sarah Fayen Scarlett at or (906) 487-2110.