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Tenured and Tenure-Track Professor, Open Rank, MizzouForward

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 12, 2022

Job Description

The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU) seeks applications and nominations for outstanding faculty candidates. This appointment is part of MizzouForward, the most important strategic investment to achieve research excellence and student success in the history of the university. This initiative will leverage existing institutional strengths and address national health and scientific priority areas through innovation and collaboration.

During the past five years, MU faculty have made significant strides in growing research excellence and student success. In fiscal year 2022, the university set a record for research expenditures of $432 million, marking the 10th consecutive year of growth. Over this time, our graduation rate for first-time college, Pell students, and underrepresented minorities remains the highest among MO public higher education institutions. Our graduate rate is 75%, and 95% of our graduates are successful within six months of graduation. We invite accomplished faculty at all ranks to apply for this program to contribute to research excellence and student success and to shape the future of our institution.

We seek applicants across broad centralized hiring areas in NextGen Precision Health and Innovations in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts. Within each of these areas, we are currently focusing on the following clusters:
  • NextGen Precision Health

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Cancer (including Radiopharmaceutical Sciences and Nuclear Medicine as well as Tumor Immunology)

  • Neuroscience

  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders

  • Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

  • And other related areas

  • Innovations in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts

  • Addressing health, educational and economic disparities

  • Improving our world through understanding the human experience

  • Humanities in the 21st Century

Candidates with compelling research success in categories that are beyond those listed above will also be considered. Incoming faculty will build on a strong foundation of research and scholarship across the institution. Below is a highlight of several ongoing initiatives:

The centerpiece of our renewed focus on research excellence involves the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building .

This state-of-the-art facility is available to all UM System researchers. It is located adjacent to the MU Health Care and Truman VA hospitals.

As part of the statewide initiative, this world-class facility brings expert health researchers and clinicians together in search of solutions to the world’s greatest health challenges.

The building provides the facilities and resources needed to integrate multidisciplinary research with advanced analytical instrumentation, computational processing, and pilot-scale manufacturing to create a comprehensive precision health pipeline that encompasses the entire university system.

Other key centers that promote research excellence on campus include:
The University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is the flagship campus of the UM System and is a Research 1 university. As the state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degrees (including 89 online options) and certificates to more than 30,000 students and has over 13,000 full-time employees and 300,000 alumni. The university is a $2.4 billion enterprise and an important asset for the state and nation, providing significant innovation and economic impact to the state, region, nation, and the world. Today, MU is truly a global enterprise, with its students representing every Missouri county, all 50 states, and over 120 countries.

Based on quality of teaching, research, and scholarship, MU is one of only 34 public U.S. universities with membership by invitation in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The breadth of academic programs brings a wealth of opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning and scholarship among 18 colleges and schools. MU is one of only six public universities nationwide that can claim schools of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, business, and law on the same campus. MU houses an Academic Health Center , consisting of five hospitals and more than 65 primary and specific clinics in and around Columbia, Missouri, and offers a broad array of clinical services across the lifespan.

Division of Research, Innovation & Impact

The Division of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) invests in the success of Missouri, the nation, and the world by empowering University of Missouri researchers, scholars, and entrepreneurs to develop projects that push the boundaries of discovery and scholarly pursuit, launch breakthrough innovations and technologies, and deliver research that offers beneficial impacts to the public.

Serving a community of more than 31,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty members and full-time researchers, the division supports and advances their scientific, creative, and entrepreneurial endeavors by providing professional development, project development, and submission assistance, proposals, and awards management and intellectual property protection so researchers can be successful in the research enterprise at Mizzou.

The division also oversees compliance, safety and regulatory affairs, facilities security, and research integrity to equip Mizzou researchers with the resources and guidance to ensure their research ventures comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

The division is dedicated to building strategic collaborations with industry and business partners that allow Mizzou to grow research and service contracts while enhancing internships, job placements, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Division-supported undergraduate and graduate research initiatives and entrepreneurship programs prepare students to thrive as innovators in the workforce through real-world experiences with faculty mentors, starting a business, publishing in academic journals, and more.

The university supports RII’s mission through multidisciplinary research centers such as the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, the MU Research Reactor, and the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building and 16 advanced technology core facilities to provide investigators with the tools to engage in revolutionary research.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, MU has annual research expenditures of $432 million and a $5 billion impact on Missouri’s economy.

The Division of Research, Innovation & Impact is administered by Vice Chancellor Thomas Spencer .

City of Columbia

The City of Columbia , home of the University of Missouri, has been consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States and accommodates all cycles of life—consistently ranked one of the best college towns in the country. With 125,000+ residents, the city has the best of both worlds – small-town convenience with urban sophistication and amenities. Columbia is well known for affordable housing and moderate cost of living , excellent public schools with a low student-teacher ratio, and a huge variety of leisure time activities, including the well-known Katy trail system .

Minimum Qualification
  • An earned terminal degree in a discipline related to one of the centralized hiring areas

Candidates will be evaluated on the following factors
  • Track record of external research funding, particularly from federal agencies

  • Research agenda and accomplishments (e.g., publication record, number of citations)

  • National awards and honors, membership with national academies

  • Interdisciplinary orientation of their work

Applications Process

Review of applications will begin immediately, and candidate interviews will occur on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Candidates across all academic ranks will be considered. Specific academic home(s) of candidates will be determined throughout the hiring process.

Nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to . To apply for this position click here . If you have further questions, please email .

To apply, upload your CV and a letter of application, describing your current research agenda, accomplishments, and future research goals;

Current MU faculty members on a tenure track or with tenure do not qualify to apply for this opening.

Handling of Application Materials

After initial review by the committee all uploaded materials may be shared with all faculty in the prospective home department. For affiliations and joint appointments materials may be shared with all faculty in all departments involved.

Benefit eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans: retirement: and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their 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. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7278.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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