Department Head Search – Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (USA)

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The College of Sciences at North Carolina State University ( is now searching for a new Head for the vibrant and multi-disciplinary Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.

The Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

Interested individuals may contact the Search Chair for more information and a confidential discussion regarding the nature of the position and the qualifications being sought from applicants:

Dr. Montse Fuentes, Goodnight Distinguished Professor and Department Head


North Carolina State University


phone: 919-515-7591

The full job advertisement may be found at:

An excerpt from the position announcement is posted below.

Essential Job Duties

The department of Marine, Earth, Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) seeks an innovative leader committed to helping shape and further the strategic goals of an active and renowned program known for high-quality research and education. The MEASDepartment, with 32 tenure-track faculty, 100 graduate students and 240 undergraduates is committed to strong graduate programs, while maintaining excellent undergraduate programs in each of our disciplines. The wide range of expertise within the department provides unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary research in the geosciences.

The Department Head reports to the Dean of the College of Sciences and is responsible for administrative, budgetary, and personnel matters. The Department Head is expected to set the highest standards for the Department with regard to scholarship and professional activities and to have a balanced appreciation for teaching, research, and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Primary Function of the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences within the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University

​On July 1, 2013, North Carolina State University launched a new College of Sciences that brought together the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences. This strategic move enables us to build on our existing synergies – in research, teaching, mentoring, and outreach – to elevate NC State’s impact and reputation as the destination for students and faculty in the science disciplines.

The Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) includes approximately 40 faculty, 100 graduate students and 240 undergraduates involved in basic and applied studies of Earth Systems. The department offers BA, BS, MS, and PhD degrees. Our principal concentrations include weather prediction, air quality, air-sea interactions, storm and climate modeling, hydrology, geochemistry, oceanography, surface processes and regional geology.

The multi-disciplinary nature of our department lends itself to the study of such problems as prediction of severe weather (e.g. hurricanes), coastal erosion, pollution of surface and ground water, and global climate change. While basic research is always important, many of our research projects also have direct application to current issues such as water quality/water supply, seafood harvests, climate change, weather prediction and land use.

MEAS offers degree programs in marine sciences, geology and meteorology. Our programs include many tracks in each of our program areas – and thus provide the opportunity for an education broader than the conventional bachelors degrees in more traditional departments.

Although our faculty are heavily involved in research, all courses in our majors are normally taught by regular faculty and all faculty are involved in teaching. Involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research is a major emphasis.

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