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Department Chair

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Required Documents: 1. Professional Statement: Letter of Interest in the position, including description of qualifications, leadership approach, commitment to diversity, and commitment to safety 2. Complete Curriculum Vitae 3. Miscellaneous Document: Vision Statement - Three one-page vision statements summarizing their views on the future direction of (1) teaching, (2) research, and (3) service in Civil & Environmental Engineering 4. Reference List: List of at least three References with contact information

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Department Chair
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Academic & Executive Administrator
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable Based on Experience & Qualifications
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Dean, College of Engineering

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Chair will lead the Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty in their mission of excellence in education, research and service. We seek an individual with the vision and experience to further our strong tradition of educational excellence, elevate the department’s prominence in civil and environmental engineering research, and grow our M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department and is responsible for the department’s administration, hiring, promotion and budget, as well as being the leader in continuously improving the culture of safety, inclusion, and excellence in teaching and research. The Chair serves as the primary liaison between the department and the rest of the University and external constituents, and is expected to foster collaborations both internal and external to the university that advance the department’s mission. As a Chair, governance of the CEE department is the responsibility of the department chair in consultation with the faculty.

The Civil & Environmental Engineering Department consists of 28 full-time faculty members, 33 professional staff, more than 125 full-time graduate students, and over 500 undergraduate majors. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering. Externally funded research and sponsored services exceed $6.0 million per year. Department members work in a flexible and inclusive environment. Several research centers and outreach units are either housed within the Department or are closely aligned with it. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged through a number of campus-wide initiatives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Serve as chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for all aspects of the educational, research, and service activities within the department.
2. Provide strong leadership for excellence in teaching, research, and service while promoting a culture of safety and inclusion.
3. Effectively engage the department and other stakeholders in aligning resources and executing the department’s vision and strategic plan, ensuring alignment of the department’s vision, plan, and goals with those of the College and University.
4. Manage the department’s finances and resources responsibly and strategically to achieve short­ and long-term goals.
5. Recruit, develop, and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty; support faculty and staff in research and educational endeavors; and guide the mentorship of junior and advancing faculty.
6. Increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
7. Supervise department faculty and staff; conduct progress reviews of untenured faculty and make recommendations on reappointment, tenure, and promotion cases; conduct performance reviews of all department faculty.
8. Increase funding and resources for the department through individual and collaborative efforts and by leveraging existing resources and expertise.
9. Establish relationships with alumni, academic, industry, and government groups to promote the goals of the department in academics and research.
10. Contribute to University advancement activities by reaching out to prospective donors, leading stewardship activities for current donors, and as appropriate, leveraging department resources in support of growth of total resources available to support the department.
11. Serve as department spokesperson and advocate within the university and with external constituents; actively promote the success of the department’s students, faculty, and staff. Advocate for the proper maintenance, upkeep, and expansion of relevant facilities and equipment needed to support the teaching and research missions of the department.
12. Oversee and ensure quality of ABET and university assessment activities.
13. Provide leadership for activities to continuously improve the accessibility, applicability, and quality of the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs.
14. Identify safety-related knowledge, skills, abilities, and training needed for positions within the department and opportunities for continuous learning and improvement of safety.
15. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.
16. Proactively promote and conduct activities that engage students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and demographics to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment.
16. Engage CEE professionals by leveraging and supporting university and departmental resources to provide lifelong learning opportunities (continuing education), applied problem solving (technical assistance), and outreach activities to the industries that employ our graduates.
17. Promote a team-focused approach to education, research, and service.
18. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• An earned Ph.D. degree in civil or environmental engineering, or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated leadership, supervisory, budgetary, and resource allocation accomplishments in an academic, government or industrial setting.
• Scholarly products and activities appropriate for a tenured appointment as full professor in CEE.
• Demonstrated experience successfully working with diverse individuals.
• Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain talented and diverse students, faculty, and staff.
• Experience building, fostering, or leading successful, broad-based, interdisciplinary projects in the academic, industrial, or government arenas (e.g., in academics: NSF ERC, IGERT/NRT, or USDOT UTC, or similar).

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience in working with engineering programs at the university level.
• Experience in supervising professional staff.
• Experience in fostering a flexible and inclusive work environment.
• Experience in generating resources through fundraising.
• Experience in strategic planning and execution.
• Experience in seeking, winning, and leading external research and/or service contracts.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated leadership ability and personnel management skills.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to effectively recognize and resolve conflicts and mediate disputes.
• Demonstrated commitment to a culture of safety.
• Demonstrated commitment to cultivating an engaged, inclusive, and welcoming working environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Success in leading strategic and tactical plan development as well as implementation.
• Application of safety principles and practices.
• Evidence of leadership in developing innovative and distinctive education and research programs.
• Licensure as a Professional Engineer or equivalent or the ability to become licensed.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:*
The work environment is normally that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):*
Safety glasses, helmet, respirator, and/or other PPE may be required when visiting, teaching, or conducting research in laboratories or field sites.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:**
• Employee Safety Overview.
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training..
• Diversity Literacy
• Annual Data Security Training.
• Other Safety Training as needed.

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 16183
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 06/24/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Required Documents:

1. Professional Statement: Letter of Interest in the position, including description of qualifications, leadership approach, commitment to diversity, and commitment to safety
2. Complete Curriculum Vitae
3. Miscellaneous Document: Vision Statement – Three one-page vision statements summarizing their views on the future direction of (1) teaching, (2) research, and (3) service in Civil & Environmental Engineering
4. Reference List: List of at least three References with contact information

Additional Information

Additional Information:
Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience. More information about Michigan Technological University can be found at, information about the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department can be found at, and information about Houghton can be found at

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities receiving NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Tech also has a Dual Career Program which assists departments with partner orientation to the university and community and identification of possible positions for partners. See for additional information.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Applications from women and other underrepresented groups encouraged.



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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Professional Statement
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Miscellaneous Document
  4. Reference List
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