Job ID: 112563

School Head and Professor
Oklahoma State University

Date Posted Sep. 18, 2018
Title School Head and Professor
University Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK, United States
Department School of Chemical Engineering
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2018
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2019
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Chemical/Petroleum

The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Head of the School of Chemical Engineering (CHE). The successful candidate must be qualified for appointment as a full professor and hold an earned doctorate in chemical, biomedical, petroleum engineering, or a closely related field. Candidates should have a distinguished, internationally recognized record of scholarship, teaching, and leadership; a strong record of externally-funded research; interest in advancing education programs with a balance between undergraduate and graduate levels; demonstrated leadership experience; desire to develop multi-disciplinary programs; strong communication and interpersonal skills; and an unwavering drive for success of the unit.

We are in the midst of an aggressive college strategic plan to increase both breadth and depth of our contributions in the fields of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and petroleum engineering. A newly built 72,000 sf undergraduate teaching laboratory providing a multidisciplinary, learning environment/maker space for all undergraduates in the college was just launched. The 17 tenured/tenure-track (TT) faculty, 2 instructors, 6 staff, 400 undergraduates, and 35 graduate students occupy 17,000 sf of totally renovated office and student/classroom space. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering, an undergraduate minor in petroleum engineering (available to all engineering disciplines), and an MS degree in petroleum engineering. The BS program in Chemical Engineering has long been ABET accredited. Approval to offer a PhD degree in petroleum engineering is expected in the current year. Addition of a graduate-only program in biomedical engineering is under evaluation. The School Head is responsible for managing all of these programs with the assistance of a petroleum engineering program director and reports to the CEAT Dean.

The School recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary and is in the midst of a highly successful campaign to create large endowments to fund growth and new initiatives. The School has six endowed chairs and one Professorship. Twelve of the seventeen tenured/tenure-track (TT) faculty joined the School in the past four years. The talent, drive, and commitment of the faculty are unique and unbounded. Sixteen of the 17 TT faculty are research active with 50% or greater research appointments. Research interests and capabilities are broad, reflecting the many new additions to the team. OSU students have won the AIChE Student Problem Design Competition (team) more times than any other school in the country. We have sent students to top graduate and professional programs throughout the world. The successful candidate will have significant resources available to move the School to the next level. Visit for more information about the School and its successes.

Questions or requests for additional information may be addressed to the search committee co-chairs, Dr. Sunderesh Heragu, Head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management ( or Dr. Sundar Madihally, Professor of Chemical Engineering (

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The target starting date is July 1, 2019. Applicants should apply online at
Please submit a single pdf file including a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of philosophy on engineering education, research, and academic management; and contact information for at least four professional references.

  • Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For assistance with the application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-2909. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings.  For more information go to

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Contact Information

  • Linda Williams
    CEAT Dean's Office
    Oklahoma State University
    201 Atrc
    Stillwater, OK 74078
  • 405-744-5186
  • 744-405-3189


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