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**Internal Only** Director of Paleontological Inst & tenured faculty
University of Kansas in ,
 
 
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Date Posted 05/18/2022
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Faculty-Engineering-Other Engineering
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21974BR

Biodiversity Institute


Position Overview

The Biodiversity Institute and the Department of Geology at The University of Kansas invites applications for a supplemental administrative position as the Director of the Paleontological Institute.  Candidates must hold a current tenured faculty position at the University of Kansas in a relevant discipline or may hold a joint appointment as a tenured faculty member in a relevant discipline and as a curator in the Biodiversity Institute.   Appointment is expected to begin by July 1, 2022. 

The successful candidate will: (a) serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology including reading and commenting on all proofs to ensure accuracy and consistency of style, (b) liaise with coordinating authors and their teams to ensure the Treatise is published in a timely manner in all its forms, providing assistance as required, (c) invite new coordinating authors for Treatise revisions and new volumes, providing stimulus to new teams as new projects launch, (d) liaise with paleontological and other societies who support the work of the Treatise project, providing them with review of the work of the Paleontological Institute and obtaining feedback from them, (e) promote the Treatise and related Paleontological Institute projects worldwide, especially through meetings, workshops, and electronic media, and (f) consider future directions for the institute including transitioning to a more fully digitized format.  This position receives an academic year administrative supplement of $14,000, as well as summer pay totaling $4,000.  This position serves at the pleasure of the Vice Chancellor for Research.


Job Description

If currently 0.5 FTE Associate Professor or Professor in an academic department and 0.5 FTE Associate or Senior Curator in the Biodiversity Institute:

  • 0.5 FTE Associate Professor or Professor
    • 20% Teaching
      • Teach courses as expected by academic department.
      • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
      • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
      • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students.
      • Adhere to departmental, College, and University policies.
    • 20% Research:  Conduct significant, scholarly research in academic field to be evaluated by:
      • Scholarly publications.
      • Communication of current research at appropriate professional meetings.
      • Extramural support for research activities.
    • 10% Service:  Provide service to the department, College, University, and to the profession.
  • 0.5 FTE Associate Curator or Curator
    • 20% Division Administration and Collection Stewardship
      • Supervise the division’s collection manager, ensuring appropriate practices for:
        • Accession, curation, and conservation of specimens
        • Management of loans of specimens, requests for data, and use of specimens by students and visiting scholars
        • Management of collection data
      • Manage the fiscal resources of the division including annual state allocations and Endowments, if any.
      • Liaise with BI administrators to ensure the physical needs of the division are met.
      • Oversee the care and management of the division’s collections and associated data.
      • Direct the strategic growth of the collection.
      • Develop extramural support for collection improvement projects. 
    • 15% Research & Student Mentoring:  Curators are expected to maintain a highly productive, collections-based research program in their discipline. It is expected that this research program will be extramurally funded and collaborative. Scholarly activities must include:
        • Scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals.
        • Communication of current research at appropriate professional meetings.
        • Extramural support for research activities.
        • Development of a nationally recognized graduate/postdoctoral mentorship program.
    • 10% Director of the Paleontological Institute:  The Paleontological Institute Director is responsible for oversight of the production of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology:
      • Supervise staff who assist with the Treatise production and order fulfillment.
      • Serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology including reading and commenting on all proofs to ensure accuracy and consistency of style.
      • Liaise with coordinating authors and their teams to ensure the Treatise is published in a timely manner in all its forms, providing assistance as required.
      • Invite new coordinating authors for Treatise revisions and new volumes, providing stimulus to new teams as new projects launch.
      • Liaise with paleontological and other societies who support the work of the Treatise project, providing them with review of the work of the Paleontological Institute and obtaining feedback from them.
      • Promote the Treatise and related Paleontological Institute projects worldwide, especially through meetings, workshops, and electronic media.
      • Consider future directions for the institute including transitioning to a more fully digitized format.
    • 5% Professional Service and Public Outreach:  Curators are expected to provide service to the university community, the BI, and to the national and international scientific and biocollections communities.  Service to the BI includes, but is not limited to, service on BI committees, shared oversight of common laboratory facilities in the BI, and contribution to the Natural History Museum’s public programs as appropriate.  Public outreach includes publications for the popular press, lectures to public and school groups, activities with interest groups, media interviews and news releases, and responses to public inquiries about natural history.

If currently holding a 1.0 FTE appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor in a related academic department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
  • 0.9 FTE Associate Professor or Professor
    • 40% Teaching
      • Teach courses as expected by academic department.
      • Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
      • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
      • Mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students.
      • Adhere to departmental, College, and University policies.
    • 40% Research:  Conduct significant, scholarly research in academic field to be evaluated by:
      • Scholarly publications.
      • Communication of current research at appropriate professional meetings.
      • Extramural support for research activities.
    • 20% Service:  Provide service to the department, College, University, and to the profession.
  • 0.1  FTE Biodiversity Institute
    • 100% Director of the Paleontological Institute 
      • The Paleontological Institute Director is responsible for oversight of the production of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology:
      • Supervise staff who assist with the Treatise production and order fulfillment.
      • Serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology including reading and commenting on all proofs to ensure accuracy and consistency of style.
      • Liaise with coordinating authors and their teams to ensure the Treatise is published in a timely manner in all its forms, providing assistance as required.
      • Invite new coordinating authors for Treatise revisions and new volumes, providing stimulus to new teams as new projects launch.
      • Liaise with paleontological and other societies who support the work of the Treatise project, providing them with review of the work of the Paleontological Institute and obtaining feedback from them.
      • Promote the Treatise and related Paleontological Institute projects worldwide, especially through meetings, workshops, and electronic media.
      • Consider future directions for the institute including transitioning to a more fully digitized format.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in appropriate discipline.
  • Current tenured faculty appointment at the University of Kansas.
  • Previous administrative experience leading a unit and/or managing a research group or lab.
  • National recognition in research, as demonstrated by a record of refereed publications, external funding, professional service, and scientific leadership.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Jaime Keeler
    Biodiversity Institute
    jrkeeler@ku.edu


    Additional Candidate Instruction

    For complete announcement and application instructions, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/21974BR .  A complete application will include the following document with your on-line application profile:

    • A letter of application outlining interest in and qualifications for the position
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Contact information for three professional references

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission.  As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application.  The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.

    • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Initial review of applications will begin May 23, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants has been obtained.


    Application Review Begins

    23-May-2022


    Anticipated Start Date

    01-Jul-2022


    Conditions of Employment

    Serve at the Pleasure


    Unit

    Paleontological Institute


    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus


    Disclaimer

    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX, civilrights@ku.edu, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).


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