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Department Chair
University of Missouri

  • Jan. 11, 2018
  • Department Chair
  • Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Mechanical Engineering
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Department Chair
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and applications for the Department Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE).

The successful candidate will be able to take part in the growth of the College of Engineering and join a rich environment for collaboration with other faculty in Arts & Science, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Responsibilities: We seek a dynamic individual who will provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; attract and recruit world-class faculty, high-caliber students and staff; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department’s research and teaching programs; promote collaborative research within the department and across MU; administer the departmental budget; lead and support external development opportunities; be an advocate for the department; promote the visibility and enhance the reputation of the department at the national and international levels; create cooperation opportunities with industry partners; and mentor faculty at different stages of their career.

Required Qualifications: Qualifications and attributes for the successful candidate include an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering, or a closely-related field; a record of excellence in teaching, research and service; demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators; commitment to diversity and inclusion as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiar with national trends in undergraduate and graduate education; passionate about improving education for all students; knowledgeable about external funding priorities and opportunities; and a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others.

Preferred Qualifications: Prior administrative experience or leadership at successive levels of responsibility; a record in effectively managing a large budget, experience with external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels; commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; desire to lead developmental activities and cultivate alumni and donor relations; and willingness to adopt a transparent, open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style.

About MU and MAE Department: The University of Missouri is a Tier I research institution and one of only 60 public and private U.S. universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. MU has a world renowned Veterinary Medicine College on the same campus as an innovative School of Medicine and teaching hospital, the College of Business, School of Nursing, School of Public Affairs, and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The university was founded in 1839 in Columbia as the first public university west of the Mississippi River. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city consistently ranked among the top places to live in the United States. MU is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Today, with an enrollment of more than 32,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 300,000 alumni, Mizzou is a $2.2 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation. The internationally recognized University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR), a 10-megawatt facility, is the most powerful among the dozens of research reactors located on our nation’s university campuses.

The MU College of Engineering ( includes 9 disciplines and 130 faculty members, 3,319 undergraduates, and 600 graduate students. The College is currently recruiting 40-50 new faculty in biomedical innovations, big data analytics, and sustainability. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the doctoral level.

The College of Engineering is home to numerous research centers, signature programs, and laboratories. We also house our own office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives, an Inclusivity Center, and a Women in Engineering program.

The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department is one of the largest academic units in the College of Engineering. MAE is committed to preparing the next generation of engineers by offering design-based and experiential education taught by approximately 30 full-time faculty members for its 800 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. The MAE department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees.

The department faculty are actively engaged in research at the national and international levels. Research areas include thermal fluids sciences, dynamic systems and control, design and manufacturing, and materials. The department actively participates in interdisciplinary research with other colleges on the MU campus. The department is an active participant in the current thrust areas in the COE, namely, Sustainability with emphasis on InFEWSed (Innovations in Food, Energy, Water and Smart Cities), Big Data Analytics, and Biomedical Innovations.

Application: To apply for this position, visit the MU website at (position 25151) and submit the following documents: (1) Cover letter, including a summary of professional accomplishments; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A narrative of administrative and leadership philosophy, including a statement describing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion; and (4) Names and contact information of four references (The candidate will be notified before any references are contacted.).
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Jinglu Tan, Chair of Search Committee (

Benefit Eligibility: This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
    To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.

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