Professor & Chair, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Job ID 25151
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and applications for the Department Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE).

The successful candidate will be able to take part in the growth of the College of Engineering and join a rich environment for collaboration with other faculty in Arts & Science, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Responsibilities: 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.


Required Qualifications: Qualifications and attributes for the successful candidate include an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering, 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.

Preferred Qualifications: 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

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information regarding the position, please contact Dr. Jinglu Tan, Chair of Search Committee at (

Other Information

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


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


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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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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MU Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is committed to cultural diversity. The broad range of life experiences, values, cultural practices and perspectives in our community establishes an institutional foundation for innovative learning and discovery. It further expands the university's ability to become a globally-recognized epicenter for education, research and entrepreneurship. It is expected that the successful candidate will share this commitment.

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

Please provide a cover letter to include a summary of professional accomplishments; a curriculum vitae; a narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy, including a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion; as well as names and contact information of four references (The candidate will be notified prior to our contacting any references).


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