Department Chair - Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering

Rio Grande Valley
Mar 03, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering (MAIE) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) invites applications for a tenured, Associate or Full Professor to serve as Department Chair effective September 1, 2017. The Chair will oversee a department of fourteen faculty members.  The Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering offers degree programs and research opportunities in the manufacturing and industrial engineering fields. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (BSME), a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET), Master of Science in Engineering (MSE-ME), Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSE-EM). It is expected that doctoral programs to be formed will expand the department substantially.
Our programs prepare students for careers in industry as well as continued study, and our graduates are placed in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical/process, computer, consumer electronics, distribution, defense, energy, environmental, logistics, manufacturing, materials, service, and plastics.  The BS in Manufacturing Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  For further information regarding UTRGV and the Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering, please visit our websites at
Minimum Qualifications:  Applicants for the Chair position must possess excellent managerial skills and a record of service and leadership in the field of manufacturing, industrial or systems engineering. The highest consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate having achieved excellence and balance in teaching, research and service, collaboration with faculty across disciplines and the ability to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. A demonstrated ability to engage external stakeholders from industry and the community are expected. Candidates must meet the institutional requirements for tenure to be considered for the position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Manufacturing, Industrial, or Systems Engineering, or a closely related field from an ABET accredited university.
Applicants must also have demonstrated evidence of leadership, student mentorship, community and industry engagement, skill in interdisciplinary research and collaboration along with an outstanding research program, including high-profile publications and a successful record of a diverse sources of external funding. Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability and a well-designed plan to develop, promote and maintain a funded research program and to lead multidisciplinary collaborative projects. The applicant should have experience with and commitment to ABET accreditation.
All finalists for the position will be considered for an Endowed Chair Position. The holder of an endowed chair will normally be a tenured faculty member with the rank of Full Professor who has had a distinguished career. In exceptional circumstances, a tenured Associate Professor, with a distinguished career may be appointed for the endowed position. Candidates for an endowed chair position must have a strong scholarly record and substantive evidence of a distinguished career, especially during the three to five years immediately preceding the nomination. A separate search committee will conduct the review of candidates for Endowed Chair Position.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications:The Chair will present and promote a vision for Departmental growth, academic leadership and excellence, and will represent the Department to academia, industry, and government for its continued innovation.  Furthermore, the Chair will lead by example, and will actively be engaged in strategic planning that would expand the influence of the Department in the broader academic community both within and outside the university. The Chair will also promote diversity within the Department and the institution.
Preferred Qualifications:  The successful candidate for chair will be able to establish doctoral programs, nurture faculty and student-success, develop metrics of performance, collaboratively formulate and implement strategic plans for the department, and move the department forward as a team with the goal assisting the unit to contribute to UTRGV becoming an emerging research university.
The successful candidate is expected to play a leadership role with initiatives in partnership with schools, community colleges, government agencies and industries to create a manufacturing eco-system that will bring economic prosperity to the Rio Grande Valley.
Salary:  Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Desired Start Date:  09/01/2017
EEO Statement  UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  UTRGV is a Hispanic-serving Institution dedicated to student success and building a diverse faculty committed to working in a multicultural environment. UTRGV has an NSF ADVANCE grant to increase the representation of women in STEM fields and to promote a positive, family friendly workplace for all faculty. We strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.
Open Date:  02/20/2017
Additional Information:  UTRGV is a distributed institution. As such and as assigned, the position may require presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Work is performed primarily in a general office environment. This position is security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215. The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.
Special Instructions to Applicants:  Dear Applicant,  All applications must be submitted via the UTRGV application portal at Complete all sections on the application. Review of materials will begin on March 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  A Criminal Background Check must be conducted for all applicants invited on campus for an interview.  If you are applying for the first time, please complete all biographical information including address, email and phone. You may update this at any time by selecting to edit your profile in the application.  Applicants should address their ability to work collaboratively and their commitment to supporting the excellence of all students on campus.  Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:
*Date of Birth
*Social Security Number
Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission.
Please Note:  Texas law requires faculty members whose primary language is not English to demonstrate proficiency in English as determined by a satisfactory paper-based test score of 500 (computer-based of 173 or internet-based of 61) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a satisfactory test score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Required Documents:
  Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  Curriculum Vitae
  Unofficial Transcripts
  List of 3 References
  Teaching Statement
  Research Statement
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