Department Chair & Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Engineering
Functional Areas: College of Engineering & Applied Science
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Requisition Number: 13839
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME). The University of Colorado CEAS is undergoing a period of unprecedented faculty growth and expansion to match an ambitious vision of research and teaching excellence. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has 1000+ BS students, 130+ MS students, and 100+ PhD students. Since 2014, the number of staff has increased from 8 to 14 and that of faculty has increased from 32 to over 50. Our program is ranked in the top 20 public universities, located in one of the top three entrepreneurial cities in the country, and co-located with NIST, NCAR, NOAA and NREL. Our mission includes a strong emphasis on high impact research, project-based education, inclusive excellence and interdisciplinary technology development. A visionary leader with demonstrated collaborative and communication skills is sought to further advance the department’s mission.

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We seek applicants who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; promote the visibility and enhance the reputation of the department at the national and international levels; lead and support external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; create cooperation opportunities with industry partners; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department's research and teaching programs; attract and recruit world-class faculty, high-caliber students and staff; provide oversight to departmental staff operations and performance; promote collaborative research within the department, CEAS and across CU; administer the departmental budget; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career. Each term of the Chair is 4 years with an option for another 4-year extension. The successful candidate will also hold the Endowed Leadership Chair in Mechanical Engineering.

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; familiarity with national trends in undergraduate and graduate education; knowledge about external funding priorities and opportunities; and a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others. Leaders in industry or government labs are welcome to apply.

Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; desire to lead external developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations; a record in effectively managing a large budget, commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; and willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style.

The University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering of Applied Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their personal statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual career couples.

What You Should Know

Chair is expected to be an administrator leading the department while maintaining low-level research and teaching activities.

What We Can Offer

CEAS offers a competitive compensation and startup package for this critical position.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

A visionary leader with demonstrated collaborative skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, industrial partners and other ME department chairs in the US.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A cover letter.
  3. A statement describing your vision for the department, leadership and mentoring philosophy, experience and qualifications (maximum 3 pages).
  4. Personal teaching statement (maximum 2 pages).
  5. Personal research statement (maximum 2 pages).
  6. You will need to submit a minimum of 4 references for this position, with at least one reference from a department staff member. With your permission, these individuals will be contacted to submit a letter of recommendation at a later time. This information will be kept confidential.

Review of candidates will begin on November 1, 2018. All applications received by December 15, 2018, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Kassie Van Pelt

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2018
Application Due: 11/11/2018
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