Professor, Department Head in Civil Engineering



General Description of Position:

The College of Engineering at Kansas State University (K-State) invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. The College seeks an individual with the innovative leadership skills needed to strengthen successful instructional, research, and outreach programs in the department. The new head will lead the department as it increases the number of graduating students, expands its facilities, and hires new faculty.  The department head will maintain productive relationships and development activities with alumni, external businesses and government agencies.  The successful candidate will have credentials of the highest quality including a strong record of scholarly and professional accomplishments, a distinguished scholarly reputation in the engineering community, and excellent interpersonal skills. An earned doctorate in civil engineering or a closely related field is required.

Information about the Department,

College and University:

The Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University is excited to continue growing a nationally recognized interdisciplinary research program while maintaining a rich tradition of teaching excellence. The department offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as MS and PhD programs, and participates in the university’s off-campus master’ programs. Established programs of study and research include environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation/materials engineering, and water resources engineering. These activities are supported through numerous department laboratories for research and teaching.  Several centers and multidisciplinary programs exist to facilitate collaboration ( The department has 16 faculty members and approximately 370 undergraduate and graduate students. The department is located in Fiedler Hall, which is equipped with state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, and office spaces. The Civil Engineering Department has internationally recognized ASCE and Chi Epsilon Student Chapters.

The College of Engineering at Kansas State University is undergoing rapid expansion and is adding 35 additional faculty over a five-year period. The College of Engineering is the largest and most comprehensive engineering college in Kansas, with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students.  The department head reports to the dean of the college, and is responsible for the administration of all programs and budgets of the department.

Kansas State University, with its enrollment of approximately 25,000 students, is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive Institution and has declared its goal to be a top-50 public research university by 2025. K-State has been selected as the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF); this $1.25 billion research facility will provide research infrastructure to protect the country’s food supply and agriculture economy. The College of Engineering is located on the main K-State campus in Manhattan, KS. Manhattan is a family-friendly and safe community of 50,000 nestled in the scenic Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas.  Manhattan offers affordable housing, outstanding schools, excellent parks and recreational facilities, an engaging cultural environment, and short commute times. 

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • A strong record of teaching, research, service and proven leadership and administrative abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively nurture talent, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity/inclusion
  • Academic credentials and professional qualifications that merit appointment as a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering
  • Earned doctoral degree in civil engineering or a closely related field
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated capability for leadership by example, consensus and authority with good personnel skills Engagement in national/international professional organizations
  • Ability to lead and facilitate a positive environment for continuing growth of the department and its endowment.
  • Registration as a professional engineer or other professional licensure
  • Proven fiscal and managerial skills
  • A record of increasing administrative responsibility
  • A record of positive interaction with business, alumni and other relevant constituents
  • Demonstrated ability to raise substantial external funding

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a single PDF file to that includes the following:

  • Letter of application outlining the applicant’s qualifications for the position,
  • Current curriculum vitae,
  • Statement of vision and goals for leadership of the department,
  • One-page research and teaching statement of the applicant, and
  • Contact information of at least five professional references including a description of the relationship of each reference to the applicant.


Inquiries and applications will be confidential. The names and CVs of finalists will be publicly available.

Dr. Don M. Gruenbacher, Search Committee Chair

Head, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kansas State University
3108 Engineering Hall1701D Platt St.
Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: (785) 532-4692

Screening of Applications Begins:

August 15, 2017


Electronic submission of applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

Commensurate with experience

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.