Founding Director of the Center for Resource Sustainability Position

Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Resource Sustainability

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Resource Sustainability. 

Position Description

The Founding Director of the Kummer Institute Center for Resource Sustainability will have a demonstrated history of identifying and developing partnerships that translate discovery and innovation to economic impact. The founding director will develop a vision for the Center that leverages existing campus resources and faculty strengths, while identifying transformational opportunities to develop a nationally recognized center. The founding director will have demonstrated capacity to develop and inspire colleagues toward a transformational vision.

The founding director will have developed a national and international reputation for technical leadership, including a distinguished record of dissemination of knowledge, by peer-reviewed publications, citation of this published work, and translation of this work to practice via patents, demonstrations of innovation, and technology transfer. This individual will

be recognized as an international thought leader in the broad area of Resource Sustainability, including, but not limited to: environmental remediation, critical minerals, remote sensing, geophysical inversion, water management in oil and gas fields, carbon capture and storage, alternative natural subsurface resources such as geothermal energy, or related areas.

The founding director will have demonstrated a record of broader impact on both peer groups and society, including but not limited to, national- and international-level external awards, leadership in national societies, board membership, and/or editorship of prominent journals. The director will have demonstrated evidence of creating and enabling the next generation of scientists or engineers, including but not limited to, mentorship of individuals that have reached a high level of prominence in their chosen profession. The founding director will have internationally recognized collaborators and peers that can attest to the candidate’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, professionalism, and ethical conduct.

The center director will control an endowment to support center activities, and will hold a title commensurate with his or her qualifications. The founding director may hold an endowed chair with tenure in an appropriate academic department, or a Director-level appointment without tenure.

The founding director will join a Missouri S&T faculty that is recognized annually with prestigious national and international awards, whose research has been growing substantially over the past decade while retaining a particular dedication to the success of students. The Missouri S&T Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Kummer Institute have challenged Missouri S&T to leverage the Kummer gift to grow expenditures and to develop graduate programs at a level commensurate with a Carnegie R1 University. This represents a transformational period in university history and an exciting new era of opportunity and innovation.

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Position Reference: 35339

Screening of applications is ongoing and will continue until a candidate has been selected and recommended for appointment.

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Application Process

Interested candidates should electronically submit their application materials, consisting of:

  • A cover letter describing a vision for the position
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A leadership statement
  • Complete contact information for at least four references

Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word.

Missouri S&T is an AA/EEO employer and participates in E-Verify.

About the Kummer College

The Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development is a new College for innovation-minded students. The Kummer College encompasses technology-focused graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates, and professional micro-credentials in areas crucial to the future of technology-driven workplaces. Some degree programs currently exist, including Business and Management Systems, Engineering Management, Information Science and Technology, and Economics. Robust graduate certificates such as Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation; AI, Machine Learning, and Automation in Business; Financial Technology; and Management and Leadership currently prepare students for leadership roles in fast-changing tech industries. Innovative new degrees and emphasis areas will be developed in alignment with the vision of the donors, the founding dean, and the faculty of the Kummer College.

About the Kummer Institute

The Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development was established in October 2020 through a gift of $300 million from June and Fred Kummer, longtime benefactors of Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Institute will transform Missouri S&T by cultivating leadership and technological innovation; nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset; fostering expansion of academic-industry partnerships to directly address emerging needs of industry; and creating economic growth for the region. The Center for Resource Sustainability is one of four research centers made possible through the Kummers’ transformative gift. These research centers will elevate Missouri S&T’s national reputation, position Missouri S&T as a leader in their respective fields, and leverage, build and grow academic-industry-government partnerships to lead the economic transformation of the region, state and nation.

About Missouri S&T

Founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and later known as the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri S&T is celebrating its 150-year anniversary during the 2020-21 academic year. A U.S. News & World Report top-100 public national university, Missouri S&T’s rigorous, student-centered, applied education is offered to over 7,600 students, including over 1,550 master’s and Ph.D. students. Known for its engineering, computing and science programs, S&T offers 99 degrees in 40 fields of study, including business and information technology, education, and the humanities and liberal arts.

With the creation of the Kummer Institute and the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Missouri S&T is increasing its degree offerings and fields of study to expand on its base of academic excellence. Renowned for offering an outstanding return on investment to its students, with average starting salaries and mid-career salaries that are among the highest in the nation, Missouri S&T also has a strong and growing research enterprise, with ever-increasing accolades to its 400 titled faculty members. Learn more at mst.edu.