External Chair Search for CMSE

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Michigan State University invites applications and nominations for an educator and scholar with the vision to serve as Chairperson of the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE). The CMSE department (https://cmse.msu.edu/) is entering its fifth year. CMSE is one of the first academic units in the nation to focus on computation as a discipline. Currently housing over 30 faculty, the department seeks to educate the data-driven work force of the future and to build collaborative, interdisciplinary teams with expertise in algorithm development, data analytics, mathematical theory, and application domains. CMSE faculty have joint appointments in 11 units and are leaders in astrophysics, bioinformatics, geosciences, machine learning, medical imaging, plant science, quantum chromodynamics, soft matter physics, scientific computing, large scale simulations, and topological data analysis.

Chair candidates should be committed to the advancement of undergraduate and graduate education, have a distinguished record of research and professional accomplishment, have strong leadership and management abilities, and be dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty. Continuation of an active research program is expected and will be supported. The successful candidate must be eligible for an appointment at the rank of tenured full Professor.

A completed application must include: (1) a curriculum vitae with full publication and funding records, (2) a statement presenting the candidate’s vision for the growth of the research, teaching, mentoring, and diversity components of CMSE, as informed by personal experience, (3) names and contact information for four individuals who can provide letters of reference on the candidate’s record of research, mentoring, leadership, and building a diverse and inclusive community. Letters will only be solicited for candidates selected for on-campus interviews. Best efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality prior to this interview. All materials should be uploaded to http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/501538/chairpersonmanagement.

Full consideration will be given for complete applications received on or before August 15, 2019, and review will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be sent to the Co-Chairs of the search committee, Keith Promislow (promislo@msu.edu) and John Papapolymerou (jpapapol@egr.msu.edu).


Further information about the position and CMSE Department at MSU can be found here.

An article giving an overview of the CMSE Department can be found here.


MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.