Department Head - Rochester Institute of Technology

Requisition Number: 5417BR
School/Department: Sustainability
College : Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Faculty Rank : Department Head
Tenure Status: Tenured
Anticipated Start Date: July 2021

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The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) invites applications for a tenured position of Sustainability Department Head at the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Sustainability.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be leadership and administration of the Sustainability Department. These responsibilities include representing the program to internal and external audiences, supporting the education and research activities of approximately 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students, overseeing the academic faculty, managing the department budget, and contributing to strategic planning with the Institute for Sustainability leadership team. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of and commitment to academic or professional service and leadership and a strong desire to focus on leading, growing, and promoting the Sustainability Department.

The Department Head will maintain an active research program. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record in securing external funding, mentoring M.S. and Ph.D. students, and publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly research. Preferred research areas include sustainable manufacturing; recycling; food, energy, water systems; and urban systems and the built environment. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment. The ideal candidate will have a research record or trajectory that complements but does not significantly overlap the research thrusts of current Sustainability faculty.

The Department Head will teach one graduate core course each year. Core courses include Fundamentals of Sustainability Science, Industrial Ecology, Risk Analysis, Economics of Sustainability, and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology is a leader in sustainability education and research. The Institute is currently staffed by seven academic faculty, seven research faculty, and over 60 professional staff scientists, engineers and administrative support personnel. Degrees offered include Master of Architecture, M.S. in Sustainable Systems, and Ph.D. in Sustainability. These programs are led by multidisciplinary faculty who collaborate with organizations locally, nationally, and internationally to create solutions to complex sustainability challenges. GIS also recognizes and is committed to the value of a diverse graduate student community, with strong recruitment and enrollment of female and underrepresented students. The flagship of GIS is the LEED platinum-certified Sustainability Hall, a $38 million, 84,000 ft2 facility dedicated to the GIS academic program. The building serves as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and provides a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design. It incorporates a “smart” microgrid and a variety of sustainable technologies, including a 400 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell, 40 kW photovoltaic array, geothermal wells, and a green roof with rainwater harvesting. Additional information can be found at


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated potential for academic leadership and administration
  • A strong scholarly agenda and record of collaborative scholarly research related to sustainability, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publication.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding for research.
  • Ability to advise graduate students and excel at graduate-level teaching.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at; search openings, then Keyword Search 5417BR. Please submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing the listed qualifications and upload the following attachments:

  • Statement that addresses specific interest in and relevant experience for the role of department chair;
  • Research statement summarizing past research record and expected future research at GIS;
  • Teaching statement summarizing past graduate teaching and advising experience and teaching interests at GIS;
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement, including examples of past efforts to foster diversity and expected efforts to support GIS commitment to recruit, mentor, and retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds;
  • Names and contact information of three references the committee can approach, ideally including individuals that can speak to leadership ability/potential.

Please send any questions to the search committee chair, Prof. Callie Babbitt at .

The review of applications will begin January 4, 2021 and continue until acceptable candidates have been identified.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to