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Department Head/Faculty

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL

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Department Head/Faculty

Job Summary:

Candidates for the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department must have earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline, have academic experience in teaching, research, mentoring and successfully graduating students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and a record of research excellence in the broad areas engineering. Strong experience with ABET accreditation is also required. Applicants must also be eligible for the rank of tenured full professor. Research excellence should be demonstrated through a combination of scholarly publications, extramural funding, and recognition through professional activities. The successful applicant will be expected to provide strong leadership and a vision for continuing to develop a prominent department, including an expansion of the department’s interdisciplinary research activities, and growth in student enrollments.

Essential Job Duties:

Leadership in the department’s teaching, research, service, and accreditation activities.
The Department Head must have a keen understanding of scholarship and the ability to articulate and promote scholarly excellence, particularly extramural funding. The Department Head should foster a positive, collegial climate and participatory decision-making process within the department that promote excellence in the department’s programs.
Administrative responsibility for the department’s organizational performance. The Department Head is responsible for fiscal planning and oversight of the department’s budgets and resources, and for management of process and procedures relating to human resources including recruitment, career development, and performance evaluations, as well as retention of faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Promote the department within and outside the University. The Department Head is expected to establish effective liaisons with other departments, college and university administration, funding agencies, and alumni. The ultimate goals are to increase the public and professional recognition for the department, and to attract resources that strengthen and broaden the department’s research, teaching, and service missions.Desired Qualifications:Priority will be given to candidates who have:

  • Demonstrated capacity to provide strong leadership to support and promote excellence in teaching and research.
  • Experience in obtaining research funding from various funding sources.
  • Appreciation for diverse research and outreach programs and the synergy of these efforts.
  • Understanding and appreciation for teaching.
  • Proficiency for program administration and evaluation, curriculum improvement, fiscal management and development, and collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to create and enhance relationships with other programs and units at the university.
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and community.
  • Experience with recruiting and mentoring faculty members and graduate students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned PhD in Chemical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline
  • Academic experience in an ABET accredited Chemical Engineering program with strong records of teaching and research
  • A strong record of professional and scholarly achievement eligible for the rank of tenured full professor in the department





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In keeping with the President’s commitment to Tuskegee University becoming “One Tuskegee”, the ideal candidate will possess the willingness to use their expertise in transforming Tuskegee into a leading 21st century living and learning environment.

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Special Instructions Summary:

Each applicant, including all current/existing employees, must complete and submit the following documents to be considered for the position.

  1. A Tuskegee University employment application
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Copy of unofficial transcripts. Please note that official transcript(s) will be required upon hire

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Working at Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education. Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse. With a strong orientation toward disciplines which highlight the relationship between education and work force preparation in the sciences, professions and technical areas, Tuskegee University also emphasizes the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for successful careers in all areas. Accordingly, all academic majors stress the mastery of a required core of liberal arts courses.

Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, which is 40 miles east of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and 20 miles west of the city of Auburn, Alabama. It is also within easy driving distance to the cities of Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.

The academic programs are organized into five colleges and two schools:

(1) The College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences;

(2) The Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science;

(3) The College of Engineering;

(4) The College of Arts and Sciences; 

(5) The College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health;

(6) The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science; and

(7) The School of Education.

The curricula for these colleges and schools currently offer over 50 degrees including 39 Bachelor's, 13 Master's, 2 Doctor's of Philosophy: one in Materials Science and Engineering, and one in Integrative BioSciences, and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Graduate instruction leading to the Master's degree and Doctor of Philosophy Degree is offered in three of the five colleges.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); and the following programs are accredited by national agencies: Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. Of special note is the fact that Tuskegee University is the only independent, historically black university with four engineering programs that are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), the major accrediting body for the engineering sciences. Also, Tuskegee University's Chemistry program is one of only a few among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) that is approved by the American Chemical Society. Furthermore, the Dietetics Program is approved by the American Dietetic Association and the Food Science Program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Tuskegee University was the first black college to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark (April 2, 1966), and the only black college to be designated a National Historic Site (October 26, 1974), a district administered by the National Park Service of the U. S. Department of Interior.

Special features in Tuskegee University's program include: The General Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education, honoring America's first black four-star general who was a Tuskegee University graduate, and housing the nation's only Aerospace Science Engineering program at an HBCU; Media Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, with state-of-the-art video up-link and down-link, intra-school communications, audio/visual, graphics, photography and document production; The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, a state-of-the-art hotel and meeting facility for educational, business and cultural events; The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, a distinctive research, teaching and outreach program that addresses issues of ethics and public policy in the treatment of people of color and rural Americans in health care.

Other special features which enhance the educational and cultural environment of the University include: The Booker T. Washington Monument, "Lifting the Veil," which honors the University's Founder; the George Washington Carver Museum (named for the distinguished scientist who worked at Tuskegee), which preserves the tools and handiwork of Dr. Carver; the Tuskegee Archives, a chief center for information on the challenges, culture and history of Black Americans since 1896; The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza, commemorating the historic feats of America's first black pilots, who were trained at Tuskegee University; The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Center, and the Center for Continuing Education – a nucleus for continuing adult education.

Over the past 125 years since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University has become one of our nation's most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African American community, it is open to all.

Tuskegee's mission has always been service to people, not education for its own sake. Stressing the need to educate the whole person, that is, the hand and the heart as well as the mind, Dr. Washington's school was soon acclaimed--first by Alabama and then by the nation for the soundness and vigor of its educational programs and principles. The solid strength has continued through the subsequent administration of Dr. Robert R. Moton (1915-1935), Dr. Frederick D. Patterson (1935-1953), Dr. Luther H. Foster (1953-1981) and Dr. Benjamin F. Payton (1981-2010). In August 2010, Dr. Charlotte P. Morris assumed the role of Interim President of the University. She is the first female to serve at the helm of Tuskegee University, and only the second Interim President for the institution. Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon served as the 6th president of Tuskegee University from November 1, 2010 to October 19, 2013. Dr. Matthew Jenkins served as Acting President from October 19, 2013 to June 14, 2014. Dr. Brian L. Johnson assumed the role of 7th Tuskegee University President on June 15, 2014.

Tuskegee enrolls more than 3,000 students and employs approximately 900 faculty and support personnel. Physical facilities include more than 5,000 acres of forestry and a campus on which sits more than 100 major buildings and structures. Total land, forestry and facilities are valued in excess of $500 million.

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