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Director of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment

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Director of the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment




College of Arts and Sciences


CAS School of Earth, Ocean and, Environment

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About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of South Carolina (USC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of The School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment (SEOE). The SEOE is a center for innovative, integrative, and inclusive research and education across a broad spectrum of natural and social sciences. The SEOE consists of approximately 35 full-time faculty members and 10 staff members who support programs in Environment and Sustainability (Environmental Science and Environmental Studies), Geology and Geophysics, and Marine Science. The SEOE enrolls some 600 undergraduate majors in four bachelor’s degree programs and 60 graduate students pursuing MS, Masters of Earth and Environmental Resources Management (MEERM), and Ph.D. degrees, as well as regularly hosting postdoctoral and visiting researchers and scholars.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to one or more of these programs through research and teaching and to provide overall leadership facilitating cooperation and coordination across disciplines. We seek a nationally recognized researcher, an experienced teacher, and a proven leader who is excited to guide the SEOE through its next phase of growth.

The Director will:
· Provide leadership as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for faculty, staff, students, and alumni to promote the mission of the SEOE in teaching, research, and public service/outreach.· Represent the SEOE to the University administration, foster collaboration with other schools and colleges at USC, and provide leadership in guiding, engaging and building partnerships across and beyond the USC campus.· Communicate the mission and importance of the SEOE’s programs to external audiences in order to sustain and increase private and public financial and non-financial support.

The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant natural or social science field, years of experience consistent with academic policy for faculty rank and be tenurable in the SEOE, preferably at the rank of Full Professor.

Start date: July 1, 2024.
In addition to its location on the university’s main campus in Columbia, SC, the SEOE includes the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, consisting of field laboratory facilities, research faculty, and support staff located on Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, SC as well as facilities within the SEOE. The Baruch Institute conducts research and supports education to improve the management of marine and coastal resources and advances basic science for the well-being of people and their environment. It was established in 1969 through the joint efforts of the University of South Carolina and the Belle W. Baruch Foundation.
As the largest college at USC, the College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual, artistic, scientific, and instructional heart of the university. The college is home to award-winning scientists, scholars and teachers that span the arts, humanities, natural science, and social science disciplines. The college’s 26 schools, departments, academic programs, and institutes offer 109 degrees to over 8,700 undergraduates and more than 850 graduate students. College faculty are consistently recognized both nationally and internationally for teaching and research excellence.

USC’s main campus is located in Columbia, the state capital, close to the mountains and the coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated USC as one of only 73 public and 35 private academic institutions with “very high research activity” and also lists USC as having a strong focus on community engagement. The University has over 35,000 students on the main campus (and over 50,000 students system-wide), more than 450 degree programs, and a nationally ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia is the center of a greater metropolitan area which has a population of over 800,000. Local natural and cultural attractions include the Congaree National Park, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Three Rivers Greenway, Lake Murray, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina State Museum, Koger Center for the Arts, Nickelodeon Theater, two ballet companies and active art, music, and theater scenes.

As a leader in research among programs nationally that seek to promote a deeper understanding of fundamental Earth and ocean processes and human relationships with these systems, the SEOE is committed to diversity and inclusion among our faculty, student body, and staff.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Required Education and Experience:

The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant natural or social science field, years of experience consistent with academic policy for faculty rank and be tenurable in the SEOE, preferably at the rank of Full Professor.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applications and Nominations: All applicants must fill out an online application through the University’s employment system, USC Jobs, at
Candidates should provide a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications and vision for this position, CV, research statement (no more than 2 pages), and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Nominations and/or inquiries should be sent to Professor Peter Chametzky, Interim Director, SEOE, at

Application review will begin November 3, 2023.

This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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