The College of Engineering at Texas A&M University invites applications for a full-time tenured professor and department head for the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering with an 11-month academic appointment beginning fall of 2020. The college is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader who can continue to increase the rate of advancement the department has achieved in recent years. The successful applicant will be an innovative thinker with a strategic vision for guiding the department to a higher level of excellence and who can communicate this vision to a constituency that includes academia, government, industry, and former students. The candidate must have notable accomplishments and experience in research, academic or industry leadership, teaching and scholarship.
Candidates must demonstrate a vision for supporting, directing, and enhancing the goals of the department. This leadership position includes opportunities for research and teaching as well as expanding the department’s interdisciplinary research and interaction with life sciences, Army Futures Command, smart manufacturing initiatives, innovative energy alternatives, and unconventional energy.
The department head will:
- Demonstrate leadership and administrative skills;
- Continue a successful distinguished research and academic record commensurate with the title of tenured full professor;
- Promote continued growth of the department in research excellence and graduate education;
- Lead and motivate high standards for continued excellence and innovation in undergraduate education;
- Build commitment and support for the department from a wide variety of constituent groups such as former students, industry and government labs;
- Provide effective budget management and promote an environment of integrity to stimulate faculty, staff and students to succeed at the highest levels;
- Organize successful fund raising through the pursuit of research funding opportunities (grants and contracts), scholarship and endowments through strengthening relationships with diverse stakeholder groups.
The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M is currently one of 14 departments in the College of Engineering. The department has 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, more than 250 graduate students and roughly 830 undergraduate students and according to ASEE, ranks in the top 3 undergraduate programs in the nation. Endowment support includes two chairs, 10 professorships, one faculty fellowship, nearly 200 undergraduate scholarships, and an active endowment campaign for excellence. Over the past 20 years, the department has significantly strengthened its faculty, programs and research, and has achieved national prominence. According to U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges, the Department of Chemical Engineering undergraduate program ranked 10th and its graduate program ranked 14th in Top 2020 Public University Programs. In 2005, the department received a $10 million endowment and was named the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.
The department has strong programs that cover a broad spectrum of traditional, emerging and interdisciplinary areas of interest, including, but not limited to, including biomedical and biochemical engineering; complex fluids; computational chemical engineering; environmental; soft matter; microelectronics; microfluidics; modeling and simulation; nanotechnology; process systems engineering; reaction engineering; thermodynamics; and process safety, led by the internationally recognized Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. Applicants are invited to consult the department’s website to review our academic and research programs (https://engineering.tamu.edu/chemical/index.html).
Texas A&M University is located in the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, TX, with a population of more than 273,000, and is conveniently located in a triangle formed by Dallas, Houston and Austin. Texas A&M has more than 69,300 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled. Research expenditures at Texas A&M total more than $922 million annually, ranking in the top tier of universities nationwide. With an endowment valued at more than $11.5 billion, the university ranks third among U.S. public universities and eighth overall. Texas A&M is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work-life balance. For more information visit http://dof.tamu.edu/Faculty-Resources/CURRENT-FACULTY/Faculty-Work-Life. With close to 700 faculty members and more than 20,000 students, the College of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the country. The college is ranked eighth in graduate studies and eighth in undergraduate programs among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 14 departments ranked in the Top 10. The college is also ranked 3rd in research expenditures by the American Society for Engineering Education.