Department Chair - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Department Chair - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jun 20, 2022

Clemson University
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Search for Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Applications are sought for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. Candidates for the position must have an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field, a solid record of scholarly research and publication, experience with a diversified base of externally funded research, a commitment to excellence in teaching, the ability to recruit and mentor a diverse group of talent, and demonstration of strong leadership and communication skills.

Qualified candidates will seek a primary tenured appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The department offers ABET-accredited B.S. programs in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering along with M.S. and Ph.D. programs. There are currently 26 faculty members. Enrollment includes 178 undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), 5 MS students, and 44 PhD students. Seven administrative and technical staff members provide excellent support to the ChBE Department. Additional information about the department can be found at:

Clemson is a Carnegie “Very High Research Activity” (R1) University and is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, combining excellent cost-of-living with accessible work-life-family balance. We enroll over 27,000 students, including over 5,000 ethnic minorities and 1,500 international students.

The following criteria will be used for the search for the department chair.

  • A leader with both a national and an international reputation and an appropriate doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
  • Significant leadership and administrative experience in supervising, mentoring, facilitating the TPR process, recruiting faculty and staff, and building educational and research programs
  • Exemplary record of research and scholarship Ability to recruit and mentor a diverse group of talent with demonstrated outcomes as the leader of a large enterprise.
  • A vision for leadership in education, scholarship, and research for the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 

Leadership The Department Chair will provide overall leadership for the department to educate and mentor students, guide faculty and staff; facilitate TPR processes, committees, advisory board(s) and other key policies and organizational elements. The successful candidate will lead day-to-day operations and financial administration of the department, engage with college and university leadership teams, and work with various stakeholders across the university, community and alumni.

Academics The Department Chair will provide leadership and coordination on all academic matters such as curriculum processes, working with faculty to design and develop appropriate academic curricular offerings, building on the foundation of the current program and developing new innovative educational experiences that will leverage the assets of the department and yield the greatest impact on student outcomes and success.

Research The Department Chair will provide leadership for high impact, cross-disciplinary research that will connect a multitude of stakeholders across and beyond the university.

Outreach and Engagement The Department Chair will engage with various internal and external stakeholders to position the department for maximum visibility and impact.

Development The Department Chair, working closely with the Dean and development team, will pursue appropriate philanthropic opportunities with individuals and corporate partners in support of scholarships, professorships, and gift opportunities for facilities and equipment.


Candidates for the position must have an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field, a solid record of scholarly research and publication, experience with a diversified base of externally funded research, a commitment to excellence in teaching, the ability to recruit and mentor a diverse group of talent, and demonstration of strong leadership and communication skills. Candidate must qualify for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Full Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, vision statement for the department, statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for five references. Application materials should be submitted electronically at the following Web link:

Application materials must be received by November 1, 2022 to receive full consideration, although the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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