Department Chair—Open Position

 
 

The Chair will lead the Chemical Engineering faculty in their mission of excellence in education, research and service while promoting a culture of safety and a welcoming inclusive environment.

The College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering to begin July 1, 2017. The department seeks an individual who has a demonstrated record of scholarly and administrative achievement. The Chair will lead the Chemical Engineering faculty in their mission of excellence in education, research and service while promoting a culture of safety and a welcoming inclusive environment. We seek an individual with the vision and experience to elevate the department’s prominence in chemical engineering research, further our strong tradition of educational excellence, and grow our MS and PhD programs, and to work with all stakeholders to integrate the department activities and goals with the strategic plans of the College and University.

The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department and is responsible for the department’s administration, hiring, promotion and budget. The chair serves as the primary liaison between the department, the rest of the University and external constituents, and is expected to foster collaborations both internal and external to the university that advance the department’s mission. The Chair is expected to have a strong personal vision for excellence in engineering education, research, and service and to communicate this vision effectively to all of the department’s constituents. The Chair is also charged with promoting the department through alumni and donor engagement.


About the Department

The Department of Chemical Engineering consists of 15 full-time faculty members, 7 full-time staff, and a number of research personnel (post-docs, etc.). The Department’s main focus is to educate engineers who are well-grounded in the applied science of chemical engineering and who are able to contribute immediately to their future employers. Experiential learning is the strength of the Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and students are encouraged to become involved with the faculty’s research efforts.

The Department has strong research and educational programs in sustainability, process design, minerals processing, thermodynamics, physiochemical properties, polymer processing, rheology, carbon-polymer composites, biomaterials, bioprocessing, bioengineering, medical microdevices, and chemical process safety. A 6,500-square-foot Unit Operations Laboratory featuring 18 bench and pilot-plant-scale unit operations experiments is used to teach a wide range of principles with hands-on experiences.

A PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field is required. The Department of Chemical Engineering encourages minority and female applicants and is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all people. Industrial experience and established industrial relationships will be viewed favorably.

The Chair is expected to have a strong personal vision for excellence in engineering education, research, and service and to communicate this vision effectively to all of the department’s constituents.

About the University

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institute, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM. Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution / Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting dual-career partners in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Michigan Tech is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See www.dual.mtu.edu for additional information.

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Applications must be submitted online.

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Candidates will provide a resume, one-page statements on teaching, research, and the future of chemical engineering research and education, and names of at least three professional references (to be contacted only by permission of the applicant). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair:

cmsearch@mtu.edu

The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to December 15, 2016.

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