Department Head Chemistry and Biochemistry
The University of North Georgia (UNG) was formed through the consolidation in January of 2013 of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College, two of the top-performing schools in the University System of Georgia. Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, UNG comprises four campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. UNG is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. With about 15,000 students, UNG is the state’s seventh-largest public university. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate’s degrees to professional doctoral programs. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is a small, well-equipped, ACS-approved department with its majors pursuing graduate school, professional school, teaching, and industrial positions. The ACS-certified Bachelor’s degree provides concentrations in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics, secondary education certification or pre-engineering to over 130 chemistry majors. Two-year students can pursue an Associate’s degree in chemistry or geology. The Department Head is expected to: • Understand an ACS-approved department; • Build consensus in the department, especially among a 4-campus, diverse department; • Develop a strategic plan and vision for the department. • Recognize and capitalize on the strengths and interests of the faculty and staff; • Work with faculty, staff and administration to achieve departmental goals; • Facilitate teamwork and collegiality; • Foster communication with all department faculty, staff and university administration; • Help guide new faculty as they establish themselves in the department and in the chemistry community; • Cultivate collaborations both within the department and with other departments / universities; • Respond to changes in chemistry and related fields; • Provide leadership in curriculum development; • Respond to changes in undergraduate enrollments; • Maintain an active undergraduate research program; • Teach lower and upper division undergraduate chemistry courses; Applicants are required to have a PhD in chemistry or related field. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and be responsible for teaching general chemistry and upper-level courses related to his or her field. For promotion and tenure the candidate is require to demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarly activity and university/community service. Scholarly work involving undergraduates, advising students, service to the university and community, active participation in departmental activities, maintaining a collegial work environment and professional development are expected. Preferred candidates will have a minimum of six years of teaching experience in higher education. Ideally, this experience would include at least 1 year of supervisory/leadership roles, including but not limited to supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff and budgetary oversight.