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Department Chair and Professor
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

  • Nov. 27, 2017
  • Department Chair and Professor
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
    Wichita, KS
    United States
  • Jan. 15, 2018
  • Jul. 1, 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
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The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Wichita State University, seeks a visionary leader as the Department Chair. The Department Chair is expected to advance the education and research initiatives of the department and represent the department to the academic community, alumni, and industry. The Department Chair will promote diversity within the department and provide avenues for faculty and student development.

The new Chair will have the opportunity work with the faculty, students, and staff to develop a shared vision to advance the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department based on its strategic plan. The plan calls for programs to enhance the research productivity in the department, increase enrollment in all major areas with the focus on high quality graduate students, structure the department that aligns with the growth and the needs of the department, enhance the diversity of the department to reflect the evolving diversity of the society, and strengthen the multidisciplinary opportunities at the department level.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related field and must be qualified for a tenured faculty position at the Professor level. Progressing Associate Professors whose work would merit promotion to Professor are also encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a strong scholarly research and funding record, record of effective teaching with willingness to accommodate different learning styles, a demonstrated record of leadership, management, and strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates having experience with industry collaboration, interdisciplinary education and research, faculty and/or staff professional development activities would be given preference. Evidence to show commitment to embrace the synergy of CS, CE, CN, and EE and lead initiatives that could advance this mission is desired.

Application Process: Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, application letter addressing how s/he meets the position requirements, a vision statement for the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department that promotes advancement in research and education, and contact information of five references (name, address, email, and phone number) at by January 15, 2018. Applications will continue to be reviewed after that date, until the position is filled. Inquiries can be made to Dr. Visvakumar Aravinthan, Search Committee Chair (email:

The Department, College, University and city
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science currently serves more than 700 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. The department offers BS degrees (ABET accredited) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Networking and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The department houses several research labs and groups including the Bio-inspired Robotics and Control Lab, Center for Energy Studies, Computer Architecture and Parallel Programming Lab (CAPPLab), Control Systems Group, Machine Learning Lab, Software Engineering Research Lab (SERL), Wireless Research and Development Group (WiReD), Wireless, Networking, and Systems group (WiNeS) and the Security, Privacy, Trust and Ethics in Computing (SPriTE) Research Lab. The department faculty are involved in research that has been funded by NSF, NASA, PSERC, Department of Energy, FAA, US Army Office, US Navy and US Air Force. Complete information about the department can be found on its website:

Wichita State University’s College of Engineering hosts some of the country’s best research facilities and currently houses five departments, namely Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Systems and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, which provide plenty of opportunity for multi-disciplinary research and collaboration. More information about the College can be found at:

Wichita State University, with about 15,000 students, is located in Wichita, Kansas, the largest city in Kansas and the industrial center of the state. Wichita State University is transforming into an institution that places value on research ventures and technology with industry applications. The focus of the university is to increase technology transfer, licensing and start-ups. More information can be found at: The first phase of this transformation is the Experiential Engineering Building. This building houses multiple laboratories and facilitates multidisciplinary faculty collaborations.

The greater Wichita area has a population of about 500,000 and is home to several aircraft manufacturers, many aircraft supporting industries, and information technology companies. Wichita, also called the "Air Capital of the World". An area cultural center, Wichita is home to numerous restaurants, shopping centers, museums, parks and nightclubs. In July 2016, CNN Money and Money magazine ranked Wichita 5th on their list of the 10 most affordable places to live. Wichita was also named as the most "Uniquely American" city by the Newsmax Magazine. More information about Wichita can be found at:

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.

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  • Visvakumar Aravinthan
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
    1845 Fairmount
    Box 83
    Wichita, KS 67260
  • 31697866324


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