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Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Electrical Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota

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Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (South Dakota Mines) invites applications for the position of Department Head and Associate Professor or Professor of Electrical Engineering. This is a 12-month position. The desired start date for the position is June 2022. The successful applicant will possess an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field, from an accredited university, with a record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to warrant a tenured appointment, subject to SD Board of Regents approval. The successful applicant should also have the vision and ability to lead a faculty representing a diversified range of interests, a balanced perspective on research and teaching, a history of successful research in a field that complements existing departmental strengths, the ability to initiate and implement cross-disciplinary activities, and demonstrated successful administrative skills.

The Department Head supervises the EE faculty and staff and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The primary responsibilities of the department head are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service; to advance professional development of the faculty and staff; to foster growth in the areas of enrollment, research, and fundraising; to promote productive relationships with students, parents, alumni, industry, and government agencies; to demonstrate a commitment to the cultivation of an ethnically and culturally diverse learning community; and to foster productive interdisciplinary relationships with a variety of entities across the University community and beyond. The EE department head will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

The EE Department consists of eight full-time and four adjunct faculty with broad expertise in the areas of avionics, energy production and distribution, nanomaterials, applied electromagnetics, wireless sensors and communications and antenna design, autonomous vehicles, optimal control, and machine learning and computer vision. Department enrollment is approximately 140 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. The department supports minors in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electronics Engineering & Technology, and Avionics. The Department offers an ABET accredited B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the EE faculty collaborate with the Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP), Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), South Dakota 2D materials for Biofilm Science, Engineering and Technology (2D-BEST) Center, Caterpillar MineStar/CatLab project, and Data-Driven Material Discovery (DDMD) Center for Bioengineering Innovation.

Established in 1885, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities located in Rapid City, South Dakota. For prospective college students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems, South Dakota Mines delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,500 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 319 similar institutions across the United States. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 96 percent.

Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 3, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

SD Mines is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.

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