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Department Chair, Marquette University, US
The Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). The Opus College seeks an individual with the leadership skills needed to strengthen the successful educational, research, and outreach programs administered by the Department. The Chair will lead the Department in continuously strengthening its high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs via growth in enrollments and research funding and in making strategic hires of faculty and staff. The successful candidate will also maintain and enhance productive relationships and development activities with alumni, industry, government agencies, and current/prospective donors. The credentials of the new Chair will include a record of strong teaching, research, and professional accomplishments, in addition to excellent interpersonal skills. An earned doctorate in civil engineering or a closely related field is required. The appointment is expected to be made at the rank of Professor (tenured) with an anticipated start date of August 15, 2018. 

The CCEE Department (www.marquette.edu/civil-environmental-engineering), one of the four departments in the Opus College, maintains a student-centered focus on rigorously educating the next generation of leaders within the broad discipline of civil engineering and beyond. Students, many immersed in research experiences, are engaged in their respective curricula by 14 tenure-track faculty members who are actively involved in research, teaching, and service. A significant number of dedicated non-tenure-track faculty also contribute to the Department’s teaching and service missions. The Department currently serves approximately 230 undergraduate and 50 graduate students (2/3 pursuing the M.S. and 1/3 the Ph.D.). Undergraduate programs include a B.S. in Civil Engineering (including majors in civil and environmental engineering) and a recently added B.S. in Construction Engineering, both of which are ABET-accredited. Four specializations are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels: construction engineering, environmental and water resources engineering, structural engineering and structural mechanics, and transportation engineering and materials. The Department also oversees the operation of two research centers, the Water Quality Center and the Transportation Research Center (www.marquette.edu/engineering/centers.php), as well as the state-of-the-art Engineering Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory (www.marquette.edu/engineering/engineering-materials-structural-testing-laboratory.php). 

Marquette University, a leading Catholic, Jesuit institution founded in 1881, has a distinctive character that is derived from its balanced dedication to broad-based undergraduate education, high-quality graduate programs, and scholarly research, with an emphasis on a values-based approach that focuses on the personal growth of each individual student. Located in downtown metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the University currently serves over 8000 undergraduate and 3500 graduate students. The Opus College of Engineering, founded in 1908, is the largest Catholic, Jesuit Engineering College in the nation with current enrollments exceeding 1,250 undergraduate and 200 graduate students and extramural funding of $11M in the past year. The OCOE houses four departments: Biomedical Engineering (a joint department with the Medical College of Wisconsin); Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The OCOE is also home to one the first engineering co-op programs in the nation. Established in 1919, the program places undergraduate students from all engineering disciplines in full-time multi-semester co-op and summer intern positions with more than 100 leading engineering and technology firms across the country. The educational and research facilities of the College are state-of-the-art, as evidenced by the recently completed Engineering Hall, the first phase of several ambitious new building projects. Representing a new concept in higher education, this building allows students and faculty to tackle global challenges in a setting that educates and inspires. The next phase of expansion will include Innovation Alley, which is part of a $750M investment in growing teaching, research and entrepreneurship. 

Duties/Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 

The new CCEE Chair will be an individual committed to excellence who demonstrates professionalism and high integrity in executing the following functions of the Chair position: 

  • provide leadership for all academic aspects of the Department, including assessment and strategic planning, maintaining ABET accreditation of existing undergraduate programs, and identifying new program opportunities
  • oversee content and quality of curricula and course delivery, including assignment of teaching loads and identification/hiring of adjunct faculty
  • oversee all administrative aspects of CCEE operations (budgeting, resource allocation, personnel)
  • recruit and retain outstanding CCEE faculty; oversee the CCEE faculty promotion and tenure process
  • work collaboratively and productively with other department chairs and OCOE leadership to further shape, promote, and achieve the missions of the College and the University
  • create community for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and a positive workplace environment
  • promote the Department to internal and external constituencies, including prospective and current students, parents, alumni, industry, community partners, and potential donors
  • collaborate with the Opus College’s Office of Enrollment Management and Outreach in successful student recruitment and community outreach efforts
  • partner with the OCOE’s Associate Dean for Research to promote and grow the CCEE research portfolio, while also maintaining his/her own high-quality research program and advising graduate students
  • teach high-quality courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels
  • report directly to the Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering

Required Qualifications: 

  • an earned doctorate or Ph.D. degree in civil engineering or a closely related field
  • an academic record appropriate for appointment at the rank of Professor (tenured)
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Desired Qualifications (abilities, skills, certifications, attributes): 

  • previous administrative experience in leadership position(s)
  • strong commitment to both research and teaching
  • ability to lead a faculty of diverse strengths and technical interests
  • commitment to forward-thinking approaches to engineering education (including online programs), interdisciplinary research, and entrepreneurship, while also valuing high-quality academic contributions of a more traditional nature
  • commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • energetic, humble, approachable; enjoys people and a diversity of viewpoints; derives satisfaction from facilitating the successes of other individuals and for leading enterprises of high quality
  • history of collaborative successes; collaborative leadership style aiming to build consensus; commitment to participatory decision-making with decisions made in a rational, transparent manner
  • excellent listener, communicator, and negotiator with an excellent command of the English language (written and verbal); effective communicator to internal and external constituencies
  • ability to identify and nurture excellence within the Department, including the ability to recruit, develop, and retain outstanding CCEE faculty members
  • ability to think strategically and tactically at macro- and micro-levels with keen attention to detail
  • ability to build bridges with other academic units and facilitate interdepartmental collaboration
  • membership on boards/panels of academic journals, professional societies and/or funding agencies
  • professional engineering experience and licensure

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include (1) letter of application outlining the applicant’s qualifications for the position, (2) complete CV including a complete list of publications and funding information, (3) statement on department-level leadership philosophy and vision, (4) teaching philosophy statement, (5) research philosophy statement, and (6) names, affiliations, phone numbers, and mailing and e-mail addresses of five references. Also include a brief description of the relationship between each reference and the applicant. For further information and to apply, please go to http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/8674

Those interested in the position are strongly encouraged to apply directly via the above link. In addition, nominations and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to: 

Stephen M. Heinrich, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair, Search Committee for CCEE Department Chair 
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering 
P.O. Box 1881 
Marquette University 
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 
Ph.: (414) 288-5466 
e-mail: stephen.heinrich@marquette.edu