Norfolk, Virginia, Position Overview:
Old Dominion University invites applications to serve as the inaugural Director of the School of Supply Chain, Logistics, & Maritime Operations, which will offer interdisciplinary academic programming for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students. Start date for the Director position is expected to be by Fall 2024.
The successful applicant for this position will have an international research reputation and a national reputation and expertise in supply chain management, logistics, transportation, and/or maritime operations. The Director of the School must also have a bold, innovative vision to lead the school’s interdisciplinary academic, research, and entrepreneurial programs, effectively interface with leaders in the supply chain/maritime industries and government, and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).
The successful candidate will have an academic record that merits a tenured appointment as a Named Professor in Supply Chain, Logistics, & Maritime Operations at the rank of an Associate or Full professor in one of the academic departments within the Strome College of Business.
Old Dominion University (ODU), located in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, is an R1 entrepreneurial-minded public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world, through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Enrolling more than 24,000 undergraduate students and almost 5,000 graduate students, ODU provides rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.
With over 160,000 alumni, ODU has a 94 percent employment rate for its graduates within six months, with a dedication to producing top talent to the Hampton Roads region and Virginia. ODU provides educational opportunities for active military, veteran students, and their families, and is ranked as the top “Best for Vets” school in Virginia, with 25 percent of the student body being military affiliated.
About ODU’s School of Supply Chain, Logistics, & Maritime Operations:
The School of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Maritime Operations is ODU’s central academic and administrative unit for supply chain, logistics, and maritime operations programming, resources, and initiatives.
The School’s primary purpose is to offer interdisciplinary academic programming for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students to prepare them for productive careers in supply chain, logistics, and maritime operations. The School will also offer research activities which are practical and applicable to the current and future needs of industry, government, and community stakeholders.
As the primary institutional unit administering supply chain, logistics, and maritime academic programming, the School enhances the coordination, development, and delivery of relevant programming and research endeavors currently occurring on an interdisciplinary basis across ODU. The School ensures that academic units work together to align academic and research programming with the current and future needs of industry, community, and government stakeholders. The School leverages the strengths of existing units to elevate program visibility and enhance the national and international brand of ODU’s supply chain, logistics, and maritime operations, strengthens stakeholder relations, and provides critical regional leadership in partnership with the Hampton Roads community.
The School is strategically important to the Hampton Roads region, the economy of coastal Virginia, the Commonwealth, and beyond. Hampton Roads is home to the world’s largest natural deep-water port and third largest container port on the East Coast, the largest U.S. shipbuilding company, a center of ship building and repair activity, and an emerging hub for offshore wind. It is also home to the Atlantic headquarters of NATO, Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest Naval Station housing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and significant logistics commands such as Military Sealift Command, and Fort Eustis, home of the Army Logistics, Training, and Port Operations Commands. Forty percent of the region’s economic activity is related to this maritime cluster.
ODU is committed to growing supply chain, logistics and maritime operations-related programming. The Director will play a significant role in leading the future of the program by strategically recruiting faculty and managing these resources.
About ODU’s Strome College of Business:
The Strome College of Business (SCB) is the oldest college on campus and consists of the School of Accountancy, Department of Economics, Department of Finance, Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, Department of Management, Department of Marketing, School of Public Service, Harvey Lindsay School of Real Estate, Thurmond School of Professional Sales and Negotiations, and the Master of Business Administration program. With over 30,000 alumni, the SCB currently enrolls over 3,200 students and offers 18 degrees across undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate education with business leaders, mentors, and partnerships. The SCB is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for both business and accounting, placing the college among the top five percent of business programs in the world, and is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for the Master of Public Administration program.
Applications should include a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate could contribute to the School initiative, a curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, unofficial graduate transcripts, and contact information for three professional references including email addresses and phone numbers.
Review of applications will begin January 1, 2024, and the position will remain open until an appointment is made. Applications and nominations should be submitted to https://jobs.odu.edu/postings/19542 . Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Mileta Tomovic ( email@example.com ).
It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Minimum Qualifications - Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
A strong record of academic leadership with a passion for student success, experience leading innovative supply chain, logistics, and maritime research, recruitment, and retention, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.
Able to teach and conduct research in an interdisciplinary environment.
A successful record of experience in the supply chain, logistics, and maritime operations marketplace, as well as a successful research record, an international scholarly reputation, and national expertise in areas related to the School’s goals.
A demonstrated record of leadership interacting and communicating clearly with internal and external constituencies, such as community engagement, industry and government partnerships, and advisory boards, in support of direction setting and development efforts.
A history of successful collaboration between academia and industry.
Minimum Qualifications - Education:
Candidates must possess an earned doctoral degree from an accredited university, in a field related to supply chain management, business logistics, transportation, or a related degree with pertinent academic experience in a business school.
The successful candidate’s scholarly record must merit a tenured appointment as a Named Professor in Supply Chain, Logistics, and Maritime Operations at the rank of an Associate or Full Professor in one of the academic departments within the Strome College of Business.
Preference will be given to candidates who have:
A demonstrated record of working with industry, community, and government stakeholders, and building partnerships which align instruction, research, and student success activities to meet current and future needs.
Previous development and/or leadership experience with similar interdisciplinary, administrative, and/or academic initiatives.