Department Head Search

The Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston is seeking an experienced and visionary department head with exceptional communication skills, and 5+ years of demonstrated productive academic leadership as well as scholarship applicable to Marine Sciences and Marine Resource Management. Candidates should have a rank of tenured, Full Professor. Exceptional candidates with a present academic ranking of tenured, Associate Professor and who are close for promotion to Full Professor, will also be considered.  This is a 12 month appointment, which will become a regular 9 month faculty position when the term(s) as Head expire(s).  The appointment as Department Head is initially a four year term and there is a mandatory review by the faculty prior to a potential renewal for consecutive terms.  Teaching responsibilities are reduced during the Department head tenure to 1-2 graduate or undrgraduate courses per academic year.

The Department of Marine Sciences (MARS), established in 1971 as the original “College of Marine Sciences and Maritime Resources,” has a rich history of fundamental as well as applied marine-related teaching curricula and research. Our vision is to become one of the premier departments in the Nation that combines the basic marine science disciplines with resource management and policy to provide teaching and research for timely and critical issues including, but not limited to, marine natural resources, coastal sustainability, oceans & human health, coastal zone processes, and oceans & global climate. At present, the MARS department generates more than 9,100 student credit hours annually with instruction of basic chemistry, physics, marine science, geology, and oceanography courses to the Texas A&M University at Galveston student body at large. MARS also grants B.S. degrees in Marine Sciences and Ocean & Coastal Resources, and a B.A. in University Studies in Maritime Policy & Pre-Law, as well as a Masters of Marine Resource Management. MARS also has a ‘fast track’ 3+2 program that allows B.S. students in Ocean and Coastal Resources to transition into earning a M.S. degree in Marine Resource Management. Many MARS department faculty hold joint and graduate appointments at TAMU in the Departments of Oceanography, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, as well as a Texas A&M University-System's Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Marine Biology.

The MARS department has 20 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 11 instructional faculty, 3 staff members, and 60 graduate students. The research laboratories were recently moved into the new Ocean and Coastal Science Building, a ~100,000 square foot LEED certified facility, that fosters multidisciplinary collaborative activities with other departments on the TAMUG campus:  General Academics, Maritime Administration, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Biology, Maritime Systems Engineering, Maritime Transportation, and the Texas Maritime Academy. MARS is the home department for the recently established Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities. As a branch campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, the Galveston campus functions much like a college and focuses primarily on ‘ocean-oriented’ education, research, and public service. TAMU-Galveston has approximately 125 full-time faculty and enrollment of 2,200 undergraduate and ~130 graduate students with an additional ~60 students enrolled in programs from the main campus under direct supervision of a TAMUG Faculty.

The department head is responsible for leadership of the department’s interdisciplinary faculty and study areas as well as effective use of the department's financial, administrative, and human resources. The Department Head will also spearhead strategic planning to identify and develop integrated marine science and resource management & policy studies, Ph.D. degree programs, increase undergraduate enrollment, and broaden the department’s participation and recognition both nationally and internationally. The department head will oversee hiring of a significant number of faculty over the next 5 years whose expertise are in line with the strategic plan.

Candidates are asked to submit a detailed curriculum vita, statements of research interests, educational philosophy, and administrative experience and philosophy, particularly with respect to the iTntegration of the hard science disciplines with resource management and policy, a list of three references, as well as a completed and signed official TAMUG application form to: Chair, MARS Department Head Search Committee, Human Resources Department, Texas A&M University at Galveston, P.O. Box 1675, Galveston, TX 77553-1675.

Screening of applicants will begin in November 2013, however, applications and nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and verification of eligibility to work in the US. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to diversity.

For more information on the position contact Dr. Rainer Amon, Chair of the search committee, by email at

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