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Fred and June Kummer Endowed Department Chair of Business and Information Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Business Administration, Other Business & Management
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) invites applications for the position of the Fred and June Kummer Endowed Department Chair of Business and Information Technology, with an anticipated starting date of August 2022.

The Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established in October 2020 through a gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri S&T. The Institute will transform Missouri S&T and the south-central Missouri region by cultivating leadership and technological innovation; nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset; fostering expansion of academic-industry partnerships to directly address emerging needs of industry; and creating economic growth for the region. The academic arm of the Institute is the new Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, which is the academic home of the Department of Business and Information Technology (BIT). Learn more at

 Application Deadline

 Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021.  For full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2021.

The department seeks an exceptionally qualified scholar to provide leadership and vision in the department and in the Kummer College. The Kummer Endowed Chair will have access to generous endowment funds that will help elevate the department, advance long-term strategic priorities, and initiate and sustain collaboration among the department and other units across and beyond campus. 

Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in business, information technology, or a closely related discipline and hold the rank of full professor or be qualified for tenure and appointment to the rank of full professor at the time of appointment. They should have an outstanding record of scholarship evidenced by a strong record of publication as well as a clear and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of students at all levels. Just as important, candidates should be able to demonstrate success as an effective, inspiring, and collegial academic leader.

As department chair, the successful candidate will be expected to:


  • Provide leadership and vision related to excellence in BIT education initiatives;
  • Raise the visibility of the department both on campus and nationally/internationally;
  • Establish a strong and sustainable relationship between the new Kummer College and the work of the department;
  • Provide a clear and consistent vision of future development for the department that is well-integrated into Missouri S&T’s STEM focused environment;
  • Participate in scholarly activities to achieve and maintain AACSB qualification;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and help foster economic development;
  • Steward the active and engaged BIT Advisory Board;
  • Recruit and retain excellent faculty, staff and students;
  • Promote student success as well as enrollment growth in department majors;
  • Prepare and manage a department budget, as well as efficiently allocate department resources;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and success in curriculum and program development and management;
  • Exhibit knowledge of the requirements of AACSB accreditation;  
  • Advocate for the needs of the department to campus administration, and effectively communicate campus issues to the department.

Applicants should highlight evidence of or potential for success in any of these categories.

The Department of Business and Information Technology consists of 12 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 2 ranked non-tenure-track faculty, 2 academic specialists, and 2 staff members. The department is AACSB accredited and will host an accreditation visit in 2023. The research interests of the faculty cover many areas, including traditional business areas as well as applied information technology in a business context.  The Department of Business and Information Technology has recently been announced as an inaugural department in the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development on the Missouri S&T campus.  The department also plays an important role in terms of interdisciplinary interactions with other departments and in the training of a large number of undergraduate students in fundamental areas such as entrepreneurship, information technology, and technological innovation management. The department has B.S., M.S., and MBA programs, with over 100 graduate students and about 250 undergraduate students.  Additional details about the department can be found at the department website:

Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the nation’s leading technological research universities.  One of four campuses of the University of Missouri System, Missouri S&T is a U.S. News & World Report top-100 public national university. With its reputation as one of the leading engineering campuses in the country and its emphasis on applied science, Missouri S&T attracts high quality students from across the nation with over 7,600 students, including over 1,550 master’s and Ph.D. students. Home to many outstanding researchers in engineering and science and several interdisciplinary research centers, the University provides an abundance of opportunities for collaborative research. With the creation of the Kummer Institute and Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, Missouri S&T is planning to expand its degree offerings and establish additional interdisciplinary research centers. Located about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis in the multicultural community of Rolla, Missouri S&T is an accessible, safe and friendly campus surrounded by Ozarks scenery.

Interested candidates can find details of the application process at the web address and must submit all applications through this site. Applications should consist of:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications for the position, with particular focus on the candidate’s leadership philosophy and vision for the department especially in the areas of research, teaching, service, diversity, and outreach;
  • Current curriculum vitae that includes the applicant’s record of teaching, publications, grants, advising, and administrative and leadership experience;
  • Contact information for at least five references.


Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.  Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Missouri S&T seeks to meet the needs of dual-career families.  Missouri S&T participates in E-Verify; for more information, please contact DHS at: 1-888-464-4218.

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