University of Washington - Chair, Department of Statistics

WA, Seattle
Education - Other Administrative Positions

At a moment of great opportunity, the University of Washington (UW) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Statistics, one of the leading departments in the world. It is consistently ranked within the top 10 departments nationwide and has long been a champion of interdisciplinary research.

Reporting to the Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Chair should possess a vitae with a stellar research record, evidence of excellence as an educator and an administrator as well as demonstrated experience and accomplishments in all aspects of faculty life including research, teaching, mentoring of students (including Ph.D.s), service and outreach. A national and global reputation and visibility is highly desirable. A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Statistics, Biostatistics or a related field is required. The Chair will become a tenured faculty member in the Department of Statistics.

The Chair should be a positive, strategic, inspiring and visionary leader with an outstanding strategic vision and administrative experience appropriate in scope to show evidence of the ability to grow the department. The new Chair should show demonstrated excellence in teaching and have an exceptional understanding of where statistics is headed as well as research and funding trends in associated fields, and be poised to anticipate and respond to major disciplinary challenges.

In addition to providing vision and leadership to the department, the next Chair will exhibit excellent communication skills; foster a departmental community; recruit, retain, and develop a world-class faculty; build collaborations and partnerships, internally and externally; and enhance a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. In particular, the new Chair will demonstrate a strong commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive departmental environment, by recruiting and retaining faculty, students and staff from diverse communities and backgrounds. They will embrace best practices which support diversity, equality, and inclusivity within the department and the University, and will actively work to identify and address barriers to equality and inclusivity in our community.

The Chair will have a vision for the role Statistics will play in new and existing data science initiatives on campus, and will help build relationships to other key stakeholder groups on campus, while maintaining and strengthening existing relationships.

As part of the Division of Natural Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Statistics currently has approximately 130 undergraduate majors, 62 MS students and 54 Ph.D. students. The department also includes 30 full and part-time faculty members. At the educational core of the University is the College of Arts & Sciences; the majority of all UW students earn their degrees from among its 40 departments. The college includes approximately 22,232 students and 1,418 academic and research faculty across four divisions: art, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A&S faculty generate approximately $124 million annually in research funds through public and private grants.

With a proud history of educating leaders, thinkers and doers, the UW includes 16 colleges and schools offering an extraordinary range of programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The UW enrolls more than 56,000 students annually at its three campuses (Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma). The advancement of knowledge is central to the UW’s mission and vision, and the University has an unparalleled track record in research impact and excellence. The UW received $1.37 billion in competitive research awards in FY2016.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, a curriculum vitae and letter of interest should be submitted by October 4, 2019. Additional information will be requested from semi-finalists and finalists as the process progresses.

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be submitted confidentially to the consultants supporting the search, Robert W. Luke and Julia Venetos, via email at

Applications should be submitted to the University of Washington directly via Please send any materials that cannot be submitted here to the email address above.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (