School of Meteorology Seeks Williams Chair Candidates
The School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is seeking an outstanding individual to serve
as Williams Chair in Meteorology. The Chair is expected to play a leadership role in advancing research
focused on the linkages between weather and climate at sub-seasonal to longer time-scales. The position
is available on August 15, 2019. The new Williams Chair will be appointed in the School as a tenured faculty
member with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The Williams Chair provides salary support, as
well as discretionary funds to support the Chair’s research activities.
The School is internationally recognized for innovative, state-of-the-art education and research in the
Atmospheric Sciences. It is one of the leading programs nationwide in developing forward-looking
curricula to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the 21st Century. The School is
an academic program in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and is located in the National
Weather Center on the University’s 271-acre Research Campus. The Campus brings together university
programs with State and Federal research and operational facilities, including several NOAA organizations
and several private-sector companies. This provides for a dynamic meteorological community, where
learning extends beyond the classroom, and research is linked directly to practical applications. In addition
to its core research strengths in mesoscale and radar meteorology, the School also offers a diverse research
portfolio with expertise in data assimilation, numerical weather and climate prediction, subseasonal to
seasonal prediction, polar meteorology, boundary-layer and land-surface processes, tropospheric –
stratospheric exchange, and remote sensing of atmospheric constituents. Further faculty expansion and
diversification is envisioned to continue for the foreseeable future.
OU is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research,
and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state,
region, and nation from three campuses. We strongly encourage members of historically underrepresented
groups and others who are committed to supporting our vision of a diverse and inclusive community to apply.
Additional information may be obtained from the following web pages: meteorology.ou.edu (School of
Meteorology); www.ou.edu/ags.html (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences); www.ou.edu
(University of Oklahoma); and www.ou.edu/nwc.html (National Weather Center).
The successful applicant must be an internationally recognized scientist with a Ph.D. in atmospheric
sciences or related field. The Williams Chair is expected to carry out a vigorous program of teaching,
research, and service that attracts exceptional students and scientists, and prepares them to become future
leaders in the atmospheric sciences. Clearly demonstrated scholarly attainment, primarily but not
exclusively through teaching, research, and scholarly activity is expected. The ability to communicate
effectively with a wide range of leaders within the region, nationally, and internationally is also desirable.
An application should include a letter of interest describing the applicant’s views on teaching, research,
diversity and inclusion, and service; a complete curriculum vitae; and names/addresses of six references.
Review of applications will begin in December 2018; applications will be considered until the position is
filled. Cover letters should be addressed to Drs. Berrien Moore and Petra Klein, Dean and Associate Dean
of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, and co-chairs of the search committee. To apply,
all materials should be submitted online at the University of Oklahoma’s ByCommittee website at http://
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information,
gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of
its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial
aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University
operates or provides.