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Chairperson, Department of Technology
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Nov. 9, 2018
Title Chairperson, Department of Technology
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date July 1, 2019
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Mechatronics
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Energy Technology
    Electrical and/or Electronics

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) invites applications for an anticipated Chairperson to lead the Department of Technology (TECH). The Technology Department offers B.S. in five emphases: ABET accredited Electrical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and ATMAE accredited Industrial Management and Technology, along with Energy and Environmental Technology, and Applied Manufacturing Technology, and a M.S. in Industrial Management. The department is well established and enjoys a solid reputation for graduating students, research, and service to the community and profession.

The department consists of 14 full-time faculty members and 3 full-time instructors, and approximately 440 undergraduate and 40 graduate students. The department has well established Laboratories for Computer-Aided-Design, Automation, Machining, CNC Machines, Metal Fabrication and Welding, Robotics and PLC, Controls, Electronics, Electric Machines, Plastic, Fluid Power, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), and Building Energy Efficiency, Ergonomics and Management (BEEEAM) are well established in the department. The successful candidate is expected to conduct collaborative research with faculty across our campus. Strong ties with industries and national laboratories in the Northern Illinois region, including Argonne and Fermi, have helped TECH faculty to attract externally funded research projects on a regular basis. NIU has over 19,000 students and is located approximately 65 miles west of Chicago. NIU’s vision is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world. To further support that vision, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is in the process of establishing Ph.D. degree programs in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition, the College has recently been approved to offer B.S. degree programs in Biomedical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.

Position Description:

This administrative, teaching, and scholarly appointment will begin July 1, 2019. As a dynamic and innovative leader, the new Chair will set a new vision for the department to advance education, enrollment management, expansion of research opportunities, and industrial partnerships.

The Chair is responsible for leading and administering the graduate and baccalaureate programs in Technology and executing and facilitating all departmental administrative, financial, and planning functions including: faculty and staff hiring and supervision; workload assignment; tenure and promotion evaluations; student advising; teach undergraduate and graduate courses as needed; manage regular faculty and staff evaluations; oversee student learning outcomes, program assessment and accreditation; oversee enrollment management; be an advocate for the department; and serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the college. In addition, the Chair will facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations to broaden the research portfolio of the department while simultaneously managing the teaching mission of the department. The Chair will also develop and enhance industrial contacts and initiatives and facilitate grant and contract activities. The Chair will report to the Dean of the CEET. The appointment is expected to be made at the senior rank of tenured Professor of Technology.

Successful applicants for the Chair position must have an earned doctorate degree in engineering or closely related field and should have a distinguished and proven record in teaching, external funded research, scholarly publications, and engaging leadership. Successful applicants are preferred to have related teaching interests and research experiences in, but not limited to, technology (with specializations in electrical engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, industrial management and technology, energy and environmental technology, environmental health and safety, mechatronics engineering technology, and/or biomedical engineering technology). Academic experience showing leadership capabilities with good administrative and communication skills will be required. A demonstrated commitment to equity and a successful working history with diversity is highly desirable. A research start-up package may be available.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Application Process: Applications should be submitted online at and should consist of: a cover letter describing professional background, qualifications, and leadership approach; a complete curriculum vitae; a statement of research interest; a statement of teaching philosophy,; a vision statement for future of the department (; and the names and contact information of five professional references. All documents must be submitted electronically in a single PDF file.

For short listed applicants holding Ph.D. degrees from non-U.S. academic institution(s): Degree credentials (i.e., transcripts and other academic records) that do not conform to standard U.S. format must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by the World Evaluation Services (WES), or another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, as part of the application packet. Also, if the official transcript(s) and other academic records are not in English, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation. All costs associated with the evaluation service and notarization will be covered by the applicant.

  • In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

    In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification documentation upon hire.

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