Chairperson of Mathematics and Sciences | Leonardo/ISAST

Chairperson of Mathematics and Sciences

Dates or Deadline: 
26 September 2017 to 30 November 2017
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Pratt Institute
Elizabeth Farrell
Brooklyn, New York
United States

Reporting to the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Sciences (MSCI) oversees the curriculum, faculty, and day-to-day operations of a vibrant, collegial and multidisciplinary department of 9 full-time and a current 19 part-time faculty.

MSCI provides to the undergraduate and graduate Pratt student body a firm grounding in scientific evidence-based critical thinking. MSCI addresses the interfaces between science and art, architecture, and design, educating students so that they can respond intelligently and critically to today's new developments in science and technology. In addition to several required courses, such as Chemistry for Art History, Science and Society and Ecology for Architects, MSCI offers a wide range of electives, including Astronomy, Science of Light, Evolutionary Biology, Calculus, Symmetry, Shape, and Space, the Science of Sustainability, and the Chemistry of Pigments. Not a degree offering department, MSCI contributes to the Minor in Music offered in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (now in the approval process), and is currently developing a Minor in Chemistry and Art.

Our faculty are engaged in research across several disciplines. These include the use of nuclear magnetic resonance for the non-destructive exploration of artworks, the study of the nature of matter and its formation in the infant universe as reproduced at particle accelerators, the study of contaminant transport in drainage basins and sediments, the modeling of group behavior as it relates to resource distribution in ecological systems and using applied mathematics in plasma physics, fluid dynamics, and applied computer science. In addition, the MSCI faculty are leaders in cross-disciplinary innovation within the Institute and with a strong and unique public presence. The department is also committed to building diversity in curriculum and across the Institute.

The Chair of MSCI will assume intellectual and administrative leadership of a faculty drawn to Pratt by the opportunity to work in the interdisciplinary environment of a top-rated college of art, design, and architecture, and to teach the highly creative, dedicated, and academically well prepared Pratt students. The Chair’s vision will embrace the intellectual and creative missions of the department. The Chair will facilitate the interplay and co-evolution of the disciplines and faculty in a dynamic collaboration that continues to build on its strengths of interaction within the department, with their art-and-design-school environment, as well as with the public. The Chair of MSCI will be expected to continue to expand the dynamic and innovative programs hosted in the department. The Chair will also engage with staff and administrators across the Institute to develop strategies for continuing to recruit and retain the best students, and for advancing faculty professional development.

Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. The Institute is located on a 25-acre campus in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the ranks of our faculty and students and creating an inclusive, multicultural climate.




  • Manage faculty and staff.
  • Oversee teaching assignments and course scheduling.
  • Oversee faculty recruitment, evaluation and development.
  • Convene departmental faculty meetings.
  • Oversee curriculum revision.
  •  Administer the department’s budget.
  • May wish to teach one course per semester.
  • Undertake divisional and Institute committee service as assigned by Dean.
  • Carry out special projects and assume all other related duties as required.




A Ph.D.  in a STEM field is required.



Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years' college level teaching and/or research experience in a relevant discipline as well as a record of strong scholarly accomplishments. Prior administrative experience is required. Experience in managing coordinators, directors and/or assistants is also required.

Applicants must have a strong interest, preferably experience, and demonstrable understanding of the fields of math and science in an art and design context, especially with working on the intersection and integration of science and art.



Demonstrated strong administrative, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as a demonstrated level of inter-cultural competence and ability to work well with diverse populations are essential.

Demonstrated skills and/or commitment to the public agenda for Math and Sciences is a must.


SALARY is commensurate with education and experience.



Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three professional references via our internal application site at Review of applications to begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.





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