Professor & Chair, Dept of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Job ID 22898
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The Department Chair is responsible for all aspects of the department. We seek a dynamic individual who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; attract and recruit world-class faculty, high-caliber students and staff; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department's research and teaching programs; promote collaborative research within the department and across MU; administer the departmental budget; lead and support external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; promote the visibility and enhance the reputation of the department at the national and international levels; create cooperation opportunities with industry partners; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career.


Qualifications and attributes for the successful candidate include an earned doctorate in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or a closely-related field; a record of excellence in teaching, research and service; demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators; commitment to diversity and inclusion as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiar with national trends in undergraduate and graduate education; passionate about improving education for all students; knowledgeable about external funding priorities and opportunities; and a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others. Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; a record in effectively managing a large budget, experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; desire to lead developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations; and willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style;

Application Deadline

Open until filled.

Other Information

MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is a member of the American Association of Universities. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city consistently ranked among the top places to live in the United States.
The Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) ( at MU was recently formed to integrate the strengths in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Dept. of Computer Science. The EECS department currently has 36 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. The MU College of Engineering is currently recruiting for 40-50 new faculty in big data analytics, sustainability, and biomedical innovations. Many of the new faculty recruits are expected to be in the EECS department. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the doctoral level in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science.
The department is home to numerous research centers, signature programs, and laboratories. Major research strength areas include big data analytics, pattern recognition and machine learning, bioinformatics and medical informatics, cyber security, high-performance computing, high-throughput plant genomics, image processing and graphics, geospatial intelligence, eldercare and rehabilitation technology, nano/micro systems, physical and power electronics, energy conversion and electromechanics, signal processing, computer vision and robotics.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Application Materials

Apply using the online application. Be prepared to upload a cover letter that includes a summary of professional accomplishments, narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy to include a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, list of four references including names and contact information(applicant will be notified before ant reference is contacted) and curriculum vitae.