Director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies

Colorado School of Mines

Job Type: Academic Administration

Application Deadline: October 15, 2014


Colorado School of Mines invites applications for Director of the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies. This exceptional opportunity is for a scholar-educator to advance and shape the critical role of humanities and social sciences within the mission of a technological university.

Mines is an applied science and technology university with education and research programs in engineering and science focused on addressing global challenges related to the earth, energy and the environment

Mines is located in Golden, Colorado: a small city near Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and 40 minutes from Denver International Airport. The area is well known for its high quality of life, including numerous cultural and sporting attractions, good restaurants, outdoor recreation opportunities, friendly people, and moderate weather with low humidity, mild temperatures, and over 300 days of sunshine per year.

The Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS) is a collegial and interdisciplinary department with 26 full-time faculty specializing in anthropology, communication, engineering education, history, literature, creative writing, philosophy, political science, music, science and technology studies and other fields. The division hosts active research programs in the social sciences and humanities, teaches a broad array of required and elective courses, offers an innovative Master’s degree in International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER), and spearheads important cross-campus initiatives, including the McBride Honors Program, Humanitarian Engineering, the Hennebach Program in the Humanities, Ethics Across Campus, and the Writing Center.

Responsibilities: The Division Director is responsible for all aspects of academic leadership, management, planning and operations in the Division. By serving as an advocate for the Division in collaboration with university administration and academic faculty, the Director will lead the department in defining and delivering a humanities and social sciences curriculum that supports the mission, vision, and values of Mines. Mines seeks to graduate engineers and applied scientists who can:

  1. Use critical thinking to understand and address the complex problems facing society.
  2. Work cooperatively with others to define, analyze, design, and communicate solutions to complex global issues that threaten global economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
  3. Exercise judgment, creativity, and innovation in integrating scientific and technical knowledge with ethical, socio-economic, and political considerations to promote positive change in the world.

To that end, the Director will collaborate with LAIS faculty to enhance and create new opportunities for humanities and social sciences education at Mines. The Director will also promote cross-campus collaboration between humanities and social science faculty in an applied science and engineering setting, oversee the division’s interdisciplinary programs, support faculty research initiatives, encourage pedagogical excellence and work to recruit and retain faculty. The Director will lead accreditation and assessment procedures, engage in external and internal outreach, and oversee the Division’s budget. The position will also work with the Mines Foundation to raise funds to support educational initiatives in the humanities and social sciences in concert with Mines’ goals to promote student community and to foster collaboration, learning, leadership and citizenship.

The Director will also continue an active research agenda, teach at least one undergraduate or graduate course per year, and foster collaborative and transparent decision-making.

Mines encourages applications from qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in any humanities or social sciences field or closely related area (e.g., engineering education, engineering and public policy) and a demonstrated record of exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service meriting appointment at the rank of full professor. (In addition to applicants who are currently full professors, consideration will be given to those who are senior associate professors with academic credentials sufficiently advanced to meet the qualifications for the rank of Full Professor at Mines.) The successful candidate must also possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, superior leadership and management abilities, a firm commitment to diversity, and a dedication to excellence in research and teaching. The Division Director should have the intellectual breadth and collegiality to both nurture the range of disciplines represented in the Division’s faculty and to work collaboratively and collegially with disciplines represented in the campus at large, as evidenced by a demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi- disciplinary contexts. The successful candidate will possess the ability to articulate a broad, inclusive, and positive vision for LAIS within the mission of the Colorado School of Mines.

Compensation: Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Mines also provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health insurance, dependent tuition benefits, parental leave policies and dependent care assistance through a flexible spending plan.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three professional references to: Colorado School of Mines, Human Resources Office, Search 14-DHLA00, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401, Fax: (303) 384-2025.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Mines is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Electronic applications are encouraged and will be accepted at fsearch@mines.edu. If using this method of application, please put the search number as indicated above (in bold) in the subject line to ensure that your materials are properly forwarded to the search committee.

Employment with Mines is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation.

Posted: September 03, 2014