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Department Head Statistics

Apply now Department: 3670020270 Statistics
Job no: 514986
Employment type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Executive / Director / Management
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Kansas State University seeks a collaborative leader to be the Department Head of Statistics. The Department Head will provide strategic leadership in the implementation of a strategic vision that will unlock potential and enable the department to thrive in an interdisciplinary research environment at a dynamic R1 land-grant university, and establish the department as a leader in both modern theory and application of statistics. The successful candidate should have credentials for appointment at the full professor rank, including a Ph.D. degree in Statistics, a history of high-quality teaching, and a national/international reputation for scholarship and leadership. In particular, we are looking for

  • An established leader with connection and previous service to the major professional societies that support the statistics profession (e.g. ASA, ISI, etc.).
  • A leader committed to student success and upholding the highest quality teaching standards for the department for both service and major classes.
  • A leader that will enable, support, and inspire the current faculty to strategically grow and modernize our undergraduate and graduate programs in Statistics and Data Science.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for further developing the external funding base of the department, fostering excellence in teaching, research, and other professional activities, mentoring junior faculty, strengthening interdisciplinary connections, supporting extension and outreach as appropriate for a land-grant university, and further advancing diversity in all aspects of departmental activities. Desirable qualifications include excellent interpersonal skills, administrative and leadership experience including budgeting, and a track record of securing extramural funding. Although primary responsibility for this position is administrative, the successful candidate will be encouraged to engage in teaching/advising and/or maintain a research program appropriate in the department.

The Department Head serves as chief administrative officer of the department and is appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The Head, with the aid of appropriate departmental committees, is responsible for recommendations for appointments, promotions, contract renewals, tenure, salary increases, and dismissals. The Head also manages the departmental budget and teaching assignments, and is the direct liaison between the department and the university administration.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Statistics or related field, with credentials for appointment at the full professor rank
  • Demonstrated publishing record in peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated strong record of teaching and professional service
  • Record of support for interdisciplinary work
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and the ability to work with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds
  • An ability to communicate organization mission, vision, and impact to a variety of audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Designation as an ASA Fellow or equivalent standing
  • A strong track record of securing extramural funding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Prior administrative or leadership experience including budgeting

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  • Letter of interest describing their interests, qualifications, and administrative experience
  • A statement of philosophy as head and educator
  • A statement of research interests
  • A statement of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for up to five professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Prof. Andrew G. Bennett, Kansas State University at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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