Chairperson of Department of Mathematics and Science (71100)
Location: Brooklyn, NY
The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the Pratt Institute seeks exceptional applicants for the position of Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics and Science. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Chair will lead a department of 10 full-time and 25 part-time faculty overseeing the curriculum, research, and day-to-day operations. We are looking for a dynamic, inspiring department leader who is capable of empowering faculty with a diverse set of interests and disciplines to realize their scholarly and pedagogical goals.
The Department of Mathematics and Science is one of the four departments in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and an essential contributor to the General Education curriculum required of all undergraduate students at Pratt. The courses provided by the department empower Pratt students to gain foundational math and science literacy by exploring a diversity of topics and providing opportunities to apply STEM knowledge to their professional, personal, and social practices.
Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. The chair will assume intellectual and administrative leadership of a faculty drawn to Pratt by the opportunity to work in the interdisciplinary environment of a top-rated college of art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information science. The Chair will be a person who embraces the department's academic and creative mission and can clearly articulate a vision and provide leadership in strategic planning for the department.
About the School
The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt delivers a Liberal Arts education to all Pratt students and has degree programs including a BFA and MFA in Creative Writing and a MA in Media Studies, as well as a BA, BFA, MA, and MA/MSLIS in History of Arts and Design. Central to its mission, the General Education program educates students to become responsible citizens of the future. The programs take full advantage of the vibrant creative environment of the Pratt Institute.
About Pratt Institute
A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
The Institute's impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.
Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research and inquiry-based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt partners locally through the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Institute also offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt's 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.
We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum, as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff, and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.
Department Chairs are essential as both administrators and educational leaders at Pratt Institute. The responsibilities of the Chair require excellent organizational abilities and may include the following:
Supervise and develop the department's curriculum and educational programs, seeking opportunities to include perspectives of diverse cultures; communicate with the faculty curriculum committee.
Collaborate with the Chairs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the coordination, creation, delivery, and assessment of General Education courses as well as assessment of the General Education program.
Provide strong leadership and support for the faculty's research interests and creative practices.
Provide leadership in working with other departments on interdisciplinary activities such as the creation of new courses and research initiatives, especially in sustainability-related areas.
Explore new methodologies and techniques in the teaching of mathematics and science.
Develop the department's budget and advocate for the needs of the department.
Recruit, interview, supervise, evaluate, and mentor new faculty members.
Supervise and mentor faculty; interact with the peer review committee and evaluate tenure track faculty and faculty requests for promotion, tenure, and change of status.
Organize course and faculty schedules in compliance with the faculty union contract.
Communicate with faculty regularly; hold multiple faculty meetings throughout the year.
Oversee the functioning of the department's classroom facilities.
Lead administrative and technical staff to serve the department in the best possible way.
Serve on school and Institute committees, including participation on search committees.
Carry out special projects as assigned by the Dean.
Perform all other related duties as required.
Teaching: The Chairperson will have the option to teach one course per semester in their field of expertise without additional compensation.
This administrative appointment carries a twelve-month per year workload.
Salary Range: $120K to $160K
A Ph.D. in Mathematics or Science or a complementary field is required.
Applicants must have at least 2 years of academic administrative experience, or experience in managing large projects and a minimum of 5 years of college-level teaching experience, as well as a strong record of scholarly accomplishment. Preference will be given to candidates who hold or have held the academic rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. Experience with grant applications, federal or private, and fundraising is highly desirable.
Superior interpersonal, written, and oral communication, as well as collaboration skills, are required. Strong administrative skills and demonstrated intercultural sensitivity, competence, and ability to work well with diverse populations are essential.
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