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Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maine

Date Posted Nov. 6, 2023
Title Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University University of Maine
Orono, ME, United States
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Computer Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics

Statement of the Job:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Maine (UMaine), the flagship R1 campus of the University of Maine System, invites applications for the position of Department Chair. The ECE department ( has 12 faculty, one administrative support staff, and one technical support professional, with ~200 undergraduate, ~20 masters, and ~20 Ph.D. students for a total of about 240 students. The department offers ABET-accredited B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.  At the graduate level, it offers M.S. and 4+1 degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is part of the Maine College of Engineering and Computing (MCEC).  MCEC is a statewide, integrated college bringing together the natural synergies of engineering disciplines and computing and provides the technical workforce and innovations that are critical to moving our economy forward. The engineering graduate programs within MCEC are ranked by the US News and World Report among the top 100 in the nation. MCEC includes the College of Engineering and School of Computing and Information Science at UMaine, the Department of Engineering at the University of Southern Maine (USM), with other collaborators to include the Department of Computer Science at USM and computing programs at University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and other campuses within the University of Maine System.

Collaborative multi-disciplinary research opportunities abound with established research centers and labs including the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI), Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST), Advanced Structures & Composites Center (ASCC), Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI), Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), and the Institute of Medicine (IoM), among others.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.



  • D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • Outstanding leadership and administrative skills
  • Strong educational background including research/scholarship
  • Committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education
  • Candidate’s credentials must be commensurate with appointment as a full professor with tenure in the department


  • A vision for growing the research enterprise in the department
  • The ability to build strong relationships with academic departments and research centers across campus
  • The ability to build strong relationships with external constituencies including potential students, alumni, and corporations

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a resume/curriculum vitae 
2.) statement of leadership and vision (2 pages) 
3.) statement of research (2 pages) 
4.) statement of teaching (1 page) 
5.) statement of service experience (1 page) 
6.) statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (1 page) 
7.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: February 15, 2024
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: March 15, 2024
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: April 15, 2024 
Tentative start date: September 1, 2024

Inquiries about this position may be sent to the Interim Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

  • The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or with questions or concerns.

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Contact Information

  • Yifeng Zhu
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    University of Maine
    Orono, ME 04469


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