Professor and Department Head - Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Job location: Worcester

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-01-10
Req: R0000012

Professor and Department Head - Civil & Environmental Engineering




School of Engineering


Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head in the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (or a closely related field) and proven accomplishments in engineering leadership, including a recognized record of scholarship with externally funded research and journal publications, and a commitment to high-quality teaching in civil and environmental engineering. Evidence of successful collaboration in multi-disciplinary teams is highly encouraged. The selected candidate is expected to support the teaching, project advising and research mission of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, as well as render service to the profession and the university.


The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at WPI has an ABET accredited program with 17 full-time faculty members and offers undergraduate degrees in civil engineering, environmental engineering and architectural engineering to 300 students. The department offers graduate degrees in civil and environmental engineering to 80 graduate students. (

WPI’s reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its faculty. A highly selective, private technological university and one of the nation’s first, WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. At WPI the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low; faculty members, students, and other partners work together on the real-world projects and purposeful research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience. We are most proud of a recent No. 1 ranking for “faculty who best combine research and teaching.” (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed, 2016). Located one hour west of Boston, the university’s campus is in Worcester, Massachusetts, a thriving 21st century college city recognized as a growing hub of scientific and technological innovation.

The candidate must demonstrate outstanding leadership, management and mentoring ability and a clear vision for the future of the department. The new Head will be expected to build upon the department’s recognized strengths, recruit outstanding faculty, promote scholarly initiatives, facilitate internal and external research collaborations and oversee curriculum changes. Furthermore they must be able to foster corporate relations, promote new funding opportunities through research and advancement, steer the department through an exciting period of growth and change in the field and lead the department to its next level of excellence and visibility.

Required qualifications for the position include: an earned doctorate in engineering or physical science related to civil and environmental engineering, demonstrated excellence in teaching, an international reputation with a distinguished record in scholarship and funding, academic credentials appropriate for appointment as a full, tenured Professor at WPI, with administrative experience.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement/Philosophy
  • Research Statement/Philosophy
  • List of References


United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.




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Posted: 12/29/2018
Application Due: 5/24/2019
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