Chairperson, Department of Physics & Associate Professor or Professor | University of Dayton

The University of Dayton seeks a collaborative, and strategic academic leader to serve as chairperson of the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences beginning July 1, 2022. The chairperson will be hired with tenure and at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

About the department and the University

The Department of Physics,, is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and offers a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics-Computer Science. The department currently has 22 undergraduate majors, 13 tenure-line faculty, 2 visiting assistant professors, 2 lecturers, 4 educational laboratory instructors/supervisors, and a small number of adjunct faculty. Several faculty members have joint appointments in the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics housed in the School of Engineering. The department has strong ties to The Hanley Sustainability Institute of the University of Dayton and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at the nearby Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Faculty members have active collaborations with researchers from other departments within the University of Dayton, at AFRL, and with colleagues across the nation and the world. Faculty research is supported through grants and contracts from a wide variety of funding agencies and mechanisms, including NSF, NIH, ONR, ARO, AFOSR, AFRL, SBIR, STTR, and other sources. The department emphasizes strong undergraduate research and supports and/or advises a significant number of PhD and MS students from outside the department. Students with most majors offered by the University take one or more introductory physics courses. In a typical semester the enrollment in introductory physics courses numbers more than one thousand. The department features several innovative programs including the Review Leader program and the Summer Research program.

Continuing on its trajectory of growth, UD enrolls 11,300 students, including 8,225 full-time undergraduates. UD is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities, and the largest private university in Ohio. Embedded in the dynamic city of Dayton, OH, and grounded in its Catholic, Marianist tradition, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning.

The University comprises five academic units: The College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Engineering, and Law. More than 82 academic programs are available at the undergraduate level. More than 35 centers and institutes, including the nationally recognized University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), provide faculty, students, and staff with tremendous opportunities for research and experiential learning. Physics Department faculty and students actively participate in the College’s STEM Catalyst Grant Program, the Summer CoRPs Program, and the STEM Summer Bridge Program. The University recently completed a strategic visioning process, whereby it strives to be a university that advances the common good. See

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About the position

The chairperson is responsible for administrative, curricular, co-curricular and budgetary facets of the department. The Chair will have an opportunity to lead the department in efforts to expand a strong and collegial undergraduate physics program; hire and mentor faculty; foster vibrant, funded, research programs supported by undergraduate and graduate students; expand a burgeoning effort in diversity, equity, and inclusion; and maintain and strengthen physics courses taken by students of most majors in the University. The successful candidate should be an inspiring, energetic, and well-organized leader who can effectively engage with all faculty, staff, and students within the department and who can build and sustain partnerships across the University and in the broader community.

At the University of Dayton, we value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions. We strive to be active, intentional, and sustain engagement with and celebrate diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Minimum qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Physics or closely related area.
  • Successful Leadership experience in higher education.
  • Articulated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Strong record of effective teaching as the instructor of record in the North America system of higher education.
  • Strong research record.
  • Strong record of service to the department or broader university community.
  • Appointment at the rank of professor includes all of the above qualifications and requires a record of teaching, research, and service commensurate with the criteria for promotion to the rank of Professor in the Department of Physics and in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton

Preferred qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Ph.D. in physics.
  • Successful Leadership experience in any or all of the following:
    • the North American higher education system
    • a department that grants BS or BA physics degrees
    • in a graduate program
    • an administrative role
  • Successful Experience in any or all of the following:
    • collaboratively establishing and implementing strategic priorities
    • recruiting, mentoring, and retaining diverse students
    • recruiting, mentoring, and retaining diverse faculty and staff
    • mentoring undergraduate students in research
    • mentoring graduate students in research
    • of interdisciplinary engagement and external partnerships
    • securing extramural funding for research
    • enhancing existing programs and developing curricular and co-curricular initiatives, and pedagogical innovations
    • mentoring faculty through tenure and promotion
  • Significant demonstrated experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated, excellent administrative, financial management, and organizational skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Commitment to breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession


Application process

Please visit for the complete position profile, and complete list of qualifications, and instructions to apply. Applications must be received by 11:55 PM, January 02, 2022.   

Applicants must submit:

  • A cover letter that describes their leadership experience and how their record meets each of the minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications met.
  • A curriculum vitae that includes a detailed record of research and service.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • A statement that includes the candidate’s vision for
    1. Leadership;
    2. diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    3. fostering undergraduate research;
    4. recruiting to grow the enrollment in the department.
  • Contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without candidate consent.

Applicants are encouraged to clearly address each of the preferred requirements in the submissions listed above. Additional information may be requested later for candidates who advance through the search process.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

To comply with federal rules, UD will require all employees including student employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The University will accept valid religious or medical exemptions and seek to reasonably accommodate them. Links to the most up-to-date COVID-19 health information, an easy-to-navigate index of the University’s COVID-19 guidelines, and resources can be found at   

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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