Chair/Professor #499081

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Chair/Professor #499081





Job Summary/Basic Function:

Lamar University, a public, Carnegie Doctoral Research University, is seeking a Department Chair to lead the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Exceptional candidates may also be considered for an endowed chair position. Qualification for this endowed chair will be evaluated every three years based on goals, achievements, and leadership.

Position Summary/Basic Function:
Lamar University invites applicants for a full-time, tenured faculty position (essential that the successful candidate will be able receive tenure at Lamar University) at the Associate/Full Professor level in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Position Description:
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Master of Engineering in mechanical engineering, Master of Engineering Science in mechanical engineering, and a Doctor of Engineering in mechanical engineering. The bachelor’s program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The department has approximately 400 students and 8 faculty.

The department chair will represent and advocate for all departmental faculty, staff, students and programs; manage departmental personnel, budget and resources; oversee program reviews; evaluate faculty and staff; oversee course schedule building process, lead departmental recruiting and retention efforts; develop new academic programs; assist in building/strengthening industry partnership; and provide leadership in the university, state, and region, thus promoting excellence in Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1.Lead the department’s domestic and international student recruiting and retention efforts at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
2.Provide leadership for all departmental programs and ensure that curriculum, instruction, assessment, and research are innovative, of the highest quality, aligned with college and university strategic plans, and ABET and SACS requirements.
3.Modernize the curriculum and methods of course delivery. Develop certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels within the department and through collaboration with other departments within the college of engineering.
4.Serve as a leader in departmental and collaborative governmental and industry funded research efforts.
5.Oversee departmental administration including scheduling and staffing courses, administering the budget, overseeing staff, and the day-to-day operations of the department.
6.Provide leadership and effective representation for the department at the college and university levels, including establishment and implementation of college and university policies, procedures, and guidelines.
7.Foster effective, mutually beneficial relationships with local, state, and national agencies, as well other constituencies relevant to programs represented in the Department.
8.Facilitate faculty development and collaboration and engage in meaningful evaluation of faculty.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Minimum Required Qualifications and Experience:
1.Earned terminal degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent.
2.Demonstrated experience to be appointed to the academic rank of Associate/Full Professor with tenure.
3.Excellent written and oral communication skills.
4.Demonstrated effective leadership.
5.Demonstrated experience with ABET and SACS accreditation processes.
6.Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
7.Success securing and mentoring external funding.
8.Demonstrated experience in recruiting and retention.

Qualifications to be Considered for an Endowed Chair Position:
Endowed chair candidates are expected to have an established record of outstanding intellectual achievement in research and education, as measured by scholarly activity, an international professional reputation, and a demonstrated ability for leadership.

Expectations of an Endowed Chair:
The endowed chair holder is expected to continue their outstanding scholarly activity. This may include scholarship in discovery, integration, application, or teaching. Evaluation criteria include impact and contribution to the holder’s department, the profession, and society at large.

The endowed chair holder is expected to:
1.Provide leadership and impact, on an ongoing basis, throughout his or her term as an endowed chair holder.
2.Examples of this leadership include, but are not limited to:
a.Developing and executing a high impact research agenda
b.Developing multi-investigator programs and multi-disciplinary laboratories
c.Developing innovative educational programs and curricula, fostering collaborations across the College, University, academic field, and industry
d.The recruitment and supervision of high-quality graduate and undergraduate students
e.The recruitment and mentoring of new faculty members
f.Outreach to the broader community.

Through these tasks, the holder will build and/or enhance the reputation of the department, the College, and the University.

The endowed position holder is also expected to interact fully with other faculty members, maintain a teaching load involving both undergraduate and graduate courses, and responsibilities for student supervision and committee assignments. The endowed chair holder’s activities, teaching load, departmental leadership, and other assignments will be reviewed annually with the dean, subject to departmental, college and university policy and existing agreements. The endowed chair position performance will be formally reviewed every three years subject to university policy.

Lamar University (LU), a member of the Texas State University System, has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, with an enrollment of 17,000. LU has been recognized nationally for its general education core curriculum, leadership in online education, and selection as a member of the Honor Roll of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For”.

LU is located in Beaumont, in the southeastern region of Texas on the Texas Gulf Coast and is a major contributor to the nation’s oil and gas, transportation, refining and supply. LU College of Engineering is home for five research centers, including the Center for Advances in Port Management (CAPM), Center of Midstream Management and Science (CMMS), Center for Advances in Water and Air Quality (CAWAQ), Texas Air Research Center (TARC), and the Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center (THWRC).

Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the requirements listed above and one or more of the following:

1.Experience in higher education as a department chair, program coordinator or comparable leadership position.
2.Experience developing new academic programs and certificates, etc.
3.Experience in online education.
4.Experience evaluating and mentoring faculty and managing other personnel.
5.Experience serving as an ABET PEV.
6.Experience in industry/university partnership development and operations.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Lamar Expectation of Quality:

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. This description is subject to modification as the needs and requirements of the position change. Lamar University reserves the right to revise, change or eliminate this job description at any time.

Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to the needs of the university.

This Job Description is not intended to be a contract of employment or a legal document. Employment with Lamar University is at will, and may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this Job Description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Lamar University employees.

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Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications are encouraged for immediate review with the interview process beginning in March 2021. The initial deadline for applications is August 31, 2021 but will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, statements describing your leadership experience, goals, qualifications for this position, and three letters of reference online at:

The successful candidate must submit official transcripts of the terminal degree and successfully undergo a background check.

For additional information about Lamar University, College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering please visit:, and

If you have questions, please contact:

Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE
Dean – College of Engineering
Charles and Eleanor Garrett Endowed Chair
Lamar University
(409) 880-8741
[email protected]

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Posted: 6/2/2021
Application Due: 8/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time