Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Department Chair at Clemson University

Clemson University College of Engineering and Science
Chair, Department of Engineering and Science Education

The College of Engineering and Science (CoES) at Clemson University
invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the
Department of Engineering and Science Education (
Clemson is the land-grant university in South Carolina and is located in
the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of Lake
Hartwell. The Department of Engineering and Science Education is a
unique interdisciplinary unit that conducts scholarly research and
grants PhD degrees in engineering and science education, teaches
freshman level engineering courses, and advises freshman engineering and
science students. The department currently consists of 8
tenure/tenure-track faculty, 7 lecturers, 8 staff, 2 postdoctoral
researchers, 14 PhD students, and 900 freshman level students.


Responsibilities of the Department Chair include: (1) Leadership of the
department's graduate teaching and education research programs. The
Chair must have a keen understanding of scholarship and the ability to
articulate and promote scholarly excellence in discipline-based
education research (DBER). The Chair should foster a positive, collegial
climate and participatory decision-making processes within the
department that promotes excellence in the department's programs; (2)
Administrative responsibility for the General Engineering program (the
common first year for engineering undergraduate students) and for the
Engineering and Science Advising Center. (3) Administrative
responsibility for the department's organizational performance. The
Chair is responsible for fiscal planning and oversight of the
department's budgets and resources, and for management of process and
procedures relating to human resources including recruitment, career
development, performance evaluations, and retention of faculty and
staff; (4) Advocacy for the department within and outside the
University. The Chair is expected to establish effective liaisons with
other departments, college and university administration, government
agencies, industry, and alumni. The ultimate goals of the department are
to engage in science and engineering education with other units of the
university, increase national and international recognition, and to
garner resources (competitive, non-competitive, and gifted) that
strengthen and broaden the department's mission.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have an earned doctorate in an engineering or physical
science discipline, or in STEM education, an excellent record of
research productivity, and academic experience in a teaching and
research institution. Applicants must be eligible for the rank of
tenured full professor. Demonstrated research excellence is expected
through a combination of scholarly publications, extramural funding, and
recognition through professional activities. The applicant must
understand the challenges of teaching, advising, and mentoring, and be
able to provide vision and leadership to develop a nationally prominent
department. The applicant is expected to have excellent interpersonal
and communication skills as well as budgetary and personnel management

Preferred Qualifications

Priority will be given to candidates who have demonstrated: (1) The
capacity to provide visionary leadership that supports and promotes
excellence in teaching, research, and service; (2) An appreciation for
DBER programs and the synergy of basic research, applied research, and
the practice of recruiting, teaching, advising, and mentoring
engineering and science students at the post-secondary level; (3) A
background in engineering or science education research, and/or
educational research methods; (4) An understanding and appreciation of
undergraduate and graduate teaching; (5) Proficiency in program
administration and evaluation, curriculum improvement, fiscal management
and development, and collaboration with stakeholders; (6)
The ability to create and enhance relationships with other programs and
units at the university; (7) The facility to articulate and advocate the
vision and goals of the department to a variety of audiences; (8)
Commitment to cultural diversity and community; and (9) Significant
activity in a national professional society.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit a brief letter of interest, a curriculum vita,
and the names and contact information of five references. Electronic
submission is preferred in the form of pdf files sent to Questions about this position can also be directed
to this address. Applications and nominations can also be mailed to ESED
Chair Search, 109 Riggs Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634.
The review of applications will begin January 30, 2012, and the position
will remain open until filled.

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
that does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age,
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual
orientation, veteran status, or genetic information.