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Job ID: 122228

Academic Department Head, Tenured
New Mexico State University

Date Posted Apr. 17, 2019
Title Academic Department Head, Tenured
University New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM, United States
Department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2019
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Mechanical Engineering

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Position Title: Academic Department Head, Tenured
Rank: Professor
Date Position Advertised: Sep. 28, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Special Conditions: We seek nationally and internationally recognized educators and researchers to apply for the Academic Department Head and Robert G. Myers Professor position of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department in the College of Engineering at the New Mexico State University (NMSU). NMSU is a land-grant institution with a student population of more than 24,000. Carnegie has classified NMSU as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity and as a Community Engagement institution with a large body of Hispanic and Native American students. The department has strong research programs in Aeroelasticity and Fluid Structure Interaction, Dynamics and Vibrations, Fluid Mechanics, Robotics and Controls, Solid Mechanics and Materials, and Thermal Science and Energy. The MAE Department offers ABET-accredited BSAE and BSME degree programs, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in both mechanical and aerospace engineering. Detailed departmental information is available at The department currently has 15 FTE faculty positions plus 3 additional tenure-track faculty positions currently under search, over 750 undergraduate students, and over 45 graduate students.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned doctoral degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or closely related field. The applicant must show a sustained record of scholarly activities and research as evidenced by archival publications, graduate supervision, and nationally competitive funding. Qualifications include: a strong record of scholarly and professional accomplishments that merit appointment as a tenured full professor, a demonstrated record of creating a positive people-centric climate, excellent interpersonal skills, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and student success, a record of management in a research or academic environment, and a successful record of junior faculty development. The successful candidate must articulate and communicate a clear vision to lead the MAE Department towards academic excellence and must have excellent communication skills to proactively engage with partners in academia, government, industry and the community; excellent organizational skills; knowledge of state, federal and private sector fund-raising; and the ability to enable and encourage researchers in various research areas to collaborate.

Examples of Duties: Academic, administrative, budgetary and personnel decisions; sustaining ABET accreditation; recruiting and retention of students and faculty; providing innovative and energetic leadership in teaching, research, extension, outreach, development activities; and securing research funding.

Benefits Offered: Group medical and hospital insurance, group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, state educational retirement, workers’ compensation, sick leave, annual leave and unemployment compensation. Opportunities for educational advancement are available.

Application: For a complete job description and to apply, visit Submit a detailed curriculum vita with a description of leadership and management philosophy and administrative experience, a statement of vision for the department, and a statement of research and teaching interests. Include a list of four references with contact information including name, address, telephone, and email. Applications received by June 15, 2019 will be given full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent on the university’s verification of credentials, individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States and other information required by federal law, state law, and NMSU.

NMSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

  • NMSU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Fangjun Shu
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    New Mexico State University
    1040 S. Horseshoe Jett Hall Rm 104
    MSC 3450, PO Box 30001
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
  • 575-646-3503


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