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Job ID: 128961

Professor and Head and Endowed Chair
Mississippi State University

Date Posted Sep. 11, 2019
Title Professor and Head and Endowed Chair
University Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS, United States
Department Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date late Spring 2020
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Mississippi State University seeks an accomplished scholar and a dynamic leader to head the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. The head provides visionary leadership for all aspects of the department’s current and future activities in teaching, research, Extension, and service and upholds the historical and philosophical traditions of the department and a land-grant university. The head is responsible for fostering creativity and teamwork among diverse faculty and staff, recruiting and retaining motivated and eager students, and nurturing relationships and communication with other colleges/universities and external stakeholders. The head is charged with graduating quality students with the necessary skills to meet the needs of the national and international workplace and furthering the department’s reputation as a leader in research and Extension efforts.

The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering is a comprehensive department with 16 on campus faculty, and several adjunct/affiliate faculty off-campus within research centers and government agencies, engaged in teaching, research, Extension, and/or service programs; most of whom carry joint appointments. The department is co-administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering and offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in three distinct program areas: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business. Within these distinct degree programs, the department has over 500 undergraduates and more than 30 graduate students. The J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building includes more than 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, and includes separate labs for sterile tissue culture, biomechanical testing, environmental and agricultural simulation or modeling studies, electronic/robotic design fabrication and testing, fiber processing, GPS/GIS, renewable bio-energy, and student computing resources. More information about the department can be found at

The head is a full-time administrative position and reports to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and life Sciences (CALS), the Director of the Mississippi Agricultural Forestry and Experiment Station (MAFES), the Director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) and the Dean of Engineering. The head provides visionary leadership for all aspects of the department’s current and future activities in teaching, research, Extension, and service. The head is responsible for administrative management, fostering teamwork among faculty, staff and students of the department by using appropriate communication, management methods, and organizational guidelines to develop, enable, implement and evaluate programs. The head fosters relationships and communication with other academic and center/institute heads on- and off-campus, and external stakeholders. The head is responsible for managing appropriated funds, extramural support as gifts, grants and/or contracts, allocating departmental resources, making timely decisions, delegating responsibility and motivating faculty and staff toward accomplishment of defined teaching, research and service objectives, as well as other scholarly activities on- and off-campus.

Successful candidates will possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or related fields. They must have a knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse interests and interdisciplinary programs in the department and a proven record of leadership excellence. Candidates must have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to facilitate partnerships within the university and among external groups. They must also have a strong commitment to the missions of a land-grant university, including excellence in teaching, research, and Extension. Candidates must have a clear vision and goals for the department and must be eligible for tenure at full professor and graduate faculty membership at MSU.

Instructions for applying
Qualified applicants must apply online at and attach (1) a detailed letter of application including the applicant’s interest, qualifications, and experience, (2) a statement of administrative philosophy, strategies, and vision as a department head; (3) a complete curriculum vitae; and (4) at least five professional references complete with current contact information. References will be contacted only upon applicant approval.

Anticipated appointment date is late Spring 2020 or until a qualified candidate is identified. Screening will begin November 1, 2019.

Nominations for exceptional potential candidates for the position are welcome and may be sent to Dr. Will Evans, Chair, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department Head Search Committee at

Mississippi State holds the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s designation as a Doctoral/Extensive institution. Representative of the American land-grant tradition and distinctive in its own character and spirit, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees. A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, are assisted by an effective research administration to place Mississippi State among the top 100 universities in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering. MSU is ranked 9th nationally in agricultural and natural resources research, and has been ranked in the Top 10 in agriculture for the better part of two decades.

Starkville holds the title of Mississippi’s college town and is an excellent mix of town and gown. It boasts a vibrant business community, attractive and safe neighborhoods, good public and private schools, concerts, and plays. Starkville is a great place to raise a family due to its low cost of living and diverse blends of races, ethnicities, and cultures. There are major metropolitan areas within a couple hours’ drive and a regional airport only 25 minutes away. There are also abundant opportunities to watch nationally competitive MSU sports teams at world-class venues.

  • MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for
    employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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