Department Chair, Physics and Biophysics

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

ID: 7190704 (Ref.No. ej-4748891)
Posted: October 31, 2023

Job Description

Department Chair, Physics and Biophysics

Job ID: 263652
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Job Summary

Augusta University seeks an experienced academic and administrative leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Physics and Biophysics within its College of Science and Mathematics. In 2021, the College moved into a new building located on the University's Health Sciences Campus in close proximity to the Medical College of Georgia, the Dental College of Georgia, and the Georgia Cancer Center, which facilitates interdisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences and health care. A School of Public Health is under development. A build-out of the top floor of the Science and Mathematics building, completed in Summer of 2023, provides 28,765 additional square feet for research laboratories and support spaces and is linked by an enclosed bridge to the research laboratories of the Medical College of Georgia. In 2023, the department was separated from Chemistry and newly name as the Department of Physics and Biophyics.

Augusta University seeks a Chair who will apply innovative leadership strategies to program development and to mentoring and supporting students and faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, work closely with the faculty to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service, facilitate faculty efforts at seeking external grant support, strategically manage the allocation of the department's resources and facilities, and represent the Department's interests to the Dean and upper administration. While encouraging and further developing a student-centric environment and innovative teaching methods, the Chair will champion the strengths of the Department in fostering a culture of research and exploring opportunities for new graduate programs. In particular, the AU physics department is committed to growing the Biophysics expertise on-campus. The Chair will work closely with other departments and programs within the College of Science and Mathematics and the broader University community to ensure an atmosphere of collaboration, shared knowledge, and cooperation in both its teaching and research missions.

This is a tenured position at the rank of Professor.


Teaching - 10%
Teach in discipline

Administrative - 60%
Provide leadership and management of the department with outstanding communication; make teaching assignments and schedules; oversee department budget; ensure program quality; recruit, mentor, develop, manage evaluate and retain high quality and diverse personnel; oversee formation and execution of departmental policies.

Research - 30%
Conduct impactful extramurally funded research in the discipline.

Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in physics, biophysics, or a closely related field.

Earned tenure at a research university.

A record of professional achievements supporting an appointment at the rank of Professor.

Previous leadership and administrative experience.

Strong record of teaching, research, and external funding. The area of specialization is open.

Required faculty employment qualifications for all USG institutions and all academic ranks within these institutions shall be:

  • Consistent with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)'s requirements for institutional accreditation;

  • Evidence of ability as a teacher;

  • Evidence of activity as a scholar and ability in all other duties assigned;

  • Successful experience (which will necessarily be waived for those just entering the academic profession who meet all other requirements); and,

  • Desirable personal qualities judged on the basis of personal interview, complete biographical data, and recommendations.


    This position is fiscal year based and works year-round.

    The intended work commitment or full-time equivalent (FTE) for this position is 1.0 and considered full-time.

    Salary and compensation is commensurate with education, experience, and achievements. The salary is subject to availability of funds.

    Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more!

    Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program.

    Rank and salary are determined at the time of hire and are based on a variety of factors including but not limited to experience, education, credentials, specialty, training, etc. while also considering internal equity and market data.

    Advancement through the faculty ranks at Augusta University is only through the annual Promotion and Tenure process in which faculty may apply if eligible (typically five-year increments). For more information on ranks, please review the Augusta University Promotion and Tenure Guidelines:

    College/Department Information

    The College of Science and Mathematics provides students with strong foundations in the sciences as well as preparation for careers, citizenship, and a life-long love of learning. We are committed to providing experiences promoting scientific inquiry and discovery and dedicated to creating opportunities for intellectual growth and community involvement.

    The Department of Physics and Biophysics offers a BS in Physics which includes a concentration with traditional graduate school preparation, a concentration in nuclear science, and an integrated Master of Arts in Teaching dual degree. Faculty can participate in an interdisciplinary MS program in Biomolecular Science and an MS program in Biological and Computational Mathematics. Opportunities exist for joint appointments with graduate programs housed in the Medical College of Georgia and the Dental College of Georgia and participation in their graduate programs.

    About Us

    Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

    Augusta University is one of four designated research universities in the University System of Georgia, and the state's only public academic medical center. It was formed in 2013 by consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, and is dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and health care providers on its four campuses in Augusta and five satellite locations across Georgia, offering undergraduate programs in the sciences, liberal arts, computer and cyber science, business, and education, as well as a range of graduate and professional programs and clinical research opportunities. With the state's only public medical school, only dental school, and affiliation with Wellstar MCG, a healthcare system that includes a teaching hospital, Augusta University is becoming a destination of choice for students interested in careers in healthcare and related fields. Members of the current student body hail from over 70 countries. Governed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Augusta University has over 10,500 students, and enrollment has increased each year for the past 8 years. It offers 155 degree and certificate programs: 47 undergraduate programs, 38 graduate programs, 19 doctoral and professional programs, and 51 certificate programs. The University and Wellstar MCG Health System employ approximately 11,459 people, including over 1,800 faculty, with an operating budget of $955 million in fiscal year 2024.

    The university is close to Fort Eisenhower, home of the U.S. Army's Signal Corps, Cyber Center of Excellence, Cyber Command, and NSA-Georgia. The Department of Energy's Savannah River Site and Savannah River National Laboratory are nearby.


    Augusta University

    Our Health Sciences Campus:

    1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

    Conditions of Employment

    All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

    If applicable for the specific position based on the duties: the candidate will also need to have a credit check completed for Positions of Trust and or approved departmental Purchase Card usage.

    Motor vehicle reports are required for positions that are required to drive an Augusta University vehicle.

    For Faculty Hires: Final candidates will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree(s) as well as post-secondary coursework in the form of original transcript(s). Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

    All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

    How To Apply

    Complete the electronic application form at position 40058570, Job ID: 263652. Applicants should upload a letter of interest, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, planned research agenda, and a list of three references (who will only be contacted for candidates who become finalists),

    Confidential review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning the search may be directed to Dr. Tom Crute ([email protected]).

    The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check and provide proof of completed academic degrees in the form of original transcripts prior to starting with Augusta University. Those candidates with degrees from institutions outside the United States will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation

    Other Information

    This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

    Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

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