Director, Kansas Geological Survey/Professor
Kansas Geological Survey
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Director, Kansas Geological Survey (0.85 FTE)
- The director
serves at the pleasure of the Vice Chancellor for Research. For
day-to-day operations, the director reports to the associate vice
chancellor for research. The five-year term is renewable based upon
the satisfactory completion of a comprehensive review.
Research, Service, and Program Development (25%):
- Foster collaborations and positive working relationships with
KGS staff, academic departments and divisions of the university,
the Legislature, local government, state and federal agencies, the
private sector, and the public. This includes, but is not limited
to, providing leadership and counsel for other government bodies
regarding resource and environmental issues, economic development,
and management of natural resources.
- Provide oversight of the financial affairs, personnel, and
business practices of the KGS. The director is actively engaged in
strengthening the financial resources available to KGS.
- Serve on various committees and advisory boards for the state
of Kansas (e.g., the GIS Policy Board and the Kansas Water
Authority) and, as appropriate, for other university and
governmental units and professional societies.
- Ensure that the highest quality scientific and support staff
are recruited, developed, and retained to enhance the research and
service mission of the KGS, with special attention to diversity and
- Develop plans with KGS scientists and Geological Survey
Advisory Council (GSAC) membership to expand and diversify the KGS
funding portfolio and set KGS priorities.
- Communicate regularly about budgetary, scientific, and
professional issues with the scientific leadership of the KGS.
Professor (0.15 FTE)
- Sustain and enhance the environment for creative research and
service at the KGS to meet the needs of the state, the university,
and the geoscience profession.
- Provide administrative and scientific leadership and vision in
the areas of energy, water, and mineral resources; environmental
issues; data collection, analysis, and access; basic and applied
research in the geosciences; and public access, dissemination, and
archival collection of research results and natural resources
- Establish policies for maintaining balance between research and
service goals and objectives, work with state government and
university leadership to address the diverse funding needs of the
KGS and interact with staff in the development and review of
programs and personnel to ensure that the KGS fulfills its mission.
Planning and implementation must be responsive to the needs of
Kansas and sensitive to the state's public policy issues.
- Maintain an awareness of significant developments in geoscience
research and relevant technology to anticipate the directions of
geoscience research and applications. Integrate this knowledge with
an understanding of the needs of Kansas so that new advances are
incorporated into long-term research planning.
- Work with researchers within the KGS and across the university
to expand the KGS portfolio of externally sponsored projects and
creatively identify other funding sources.
- Maintain involvement in geoscience research and be publicly
visible in Kansas and national natural resource discussions.
- The director serves as a tenured
faculty in an appropriate academic department. Tenured faculty
members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance
in all three areas of responsibility — teaching/advising, research,
and service — and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance
Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct
reflecting a 15% appointment. In a given year, contributions to
research, teaching/advising, and service may be balanced, or added
emphasis may be placed on one or more components. The exact
allocation of effort between research, teaching/advising, and
service will be determined in consultation with the home
department. For evaluation for the .15 FTE as Professor, the
following expectations are relevant both to day-to-day activities
in each unit and to post-tenure review.
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)
- Teaching/Advising. Each year, the director will have a role in
determining, in consultation with their home department chair, any
courses that will be taught. An expected teaching load would be one
course every other academic year. When teaching, it is expected
that office hours are established, posted and consist of at least
one hour per week while teaching to meet with students by
- Research. It is an expectation of this position that a
professor will engage in a program of research and share work with
colleagues and/or the public at large, through publication or other
activities as detailed in the faculty evaluation plan of the
- Service. It is an expectation of this position that a professor
will fulfill their share of service duties needed to facilitate the
efficient operation of the department, the School and the
University, as well as serve in a regional, national, and/or
international level for activities within their discipline.
Activities that foster effective relationships with alumni and
other constituencies may also constitute as service.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of
race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age,
ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation,
marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender
expression, and genetic information in the university's programs
and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university
policy. The following persons have been designated to handle
inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the
Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive
Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,
IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045,
785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder,
and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop
7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205,
913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City,
Kansas medical center campuses).
Conditions of Employment
Serve at the Pleasure
Contact Information to Applicants
KU Office of Research
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1)
record of accomplishments in application materials, (2)
descriptions of experience in application materials, (3)
interactions during on-campus interview, and (4) information from
- Doctorate in the geosciences and at least 10 years of
professional experience in the geosciences.
- Prior administrative and/or leadership experience, which may be
demonstrated to include budgeting, personnel supervision and
evaluation, and/or program development.
- National recognition in a field of geoscience research, as
demonstrated by a record of refereed publications, external
funding, professional service, scientific leadership, and/or other
qualifications suitable for a joint appointment with tenure in an
academic department of the university.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a university setting with a
wide constituency, including staff, academic faculty, the public,
government officials, service organizations and the private sector
as identified in application materials, references and
- Demonstrated knowledge of natural resources and environmental
aspects of their use as reflected in research, publications,
scholar activities, or professional experience.
- Excellence in oral and written communication, as demonstrated
by professional publications, presentations, and interactions
during the interview process.
- Eligibility for faculty appointment as a full professor with
tenure in the appropriate academic department.
Advertised Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
The University of Kansas seeks a visionary leader and scholar to
serve as Director of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS). The
director of KGS serves as the
and establishes the research mission, vision,
and goals of KGS that address issues important to the State of
Kansas. Applicants must have a distinguished record of
scholarship/research, experience in leading organizations or large
scale initiatives, strategic planning and facilitation skills, and
be an effective communicator to articulate mission, vision, goals
and culture of the KGS to employees, the university, State of
Kansas, external agencies and industry partners, etc.
The directorship is a full-time, 12-month appointment with 85%
effort focused on leading the KGS and 15% as a tenured faculty
member at the rank of Full Professor in the appropriate academic
department. The directorship is an initial five-year appointment
that is renewable based upon a comprehensive review.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is central to the
university’s mission and a critical component to Jayhawks Rising
strategic plan. KU encourages applications from women, minorities,
and individuals in underrepresented groups that have a commitment
to contributing to a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
culture with our students, faculty, staff, industry and
collaborative partners that are located across the globe.
Consideration of applications will begin on January 1, 2022 and
continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified with
a desired start date of July 1, 2022. For application information,
please see https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20412BR
The Kansas Geological Survey
(KGS) is a designated research center at the University of Kansas
(KU). Established in 1911, it reports to the Office of the Vice
Chancellor for Research. The director of the KGS serves as the
State Geologist and establishes the vision and goals of the KGS
that address geological studies and research leading to a better
understanding of the geology of Kansas, with special emphasis on
natural resources of economic value, water quality and quantity,
and geologic hazards. Four key research sections of the KGS
- Energy Research: geology related to oil and gas exploration and
other energy resources
- Exploration Services: geophysics, seismic techniques, and
- Stratigraphic Research: stratigraphy, mapping, and
- Geohydrology: groundwater and water quality
The KGS community is composed of 130+ individuals, including
faculty and staff researchers, postdocs, graduate students, and
professional staff. KGS campus facilities are in Parker Hall, Moore
Hall, Hambleton Hall, and the Wichita Well Sample Library.
The director has unique opportunities to develop their own research
program synergistically with KGS personnel and collaboratively with
a large and diverse research staff at KU, both within and outside
KGS. KGS is part of a dense network of collaborating research
centers and academic departments at KU, including the departments
of anthropology, geology, geography & atmospheric sciences,
chemical and petroleum engineering, as well as the Kansas
Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research. New
facilities at the Earth, Energy &
further support such collaborations.
Application Review Begins
Anticipated Start Date
Additional Candidate Instruction
For further details and to apply, please go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20412BR
. A complete online application will include: (1) a letter of
application, (2) Curriculum Vitae, and (3) the names & contact
information for three references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's
contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important
part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the
following question at the time of application. The response must be
within 4,000 characters or less.
Review of applications will begin January 1, 2022 and will
continue until a qualified applicant pool is identified.
- Describe your experience working with people from diverse
backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your
commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.