Professor & Director

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 020500 - Building Construction Science
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

The Building Construction Science program at Mississippi State University is an innovative leader in construction management education. The program's studio-based curriculum, one of only two studio-based construction programs in the US, combined with its position in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design, provides a collaborative, immersive, and interdisciplinary learning environment for active engagement in problem-solving and project-based experiences. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a broad knowledge and experience base in construction science, architecture, engineering, business, and related fields to prepare students for successful, effective, collaborative careers. The program includes over 140 undergraduate students with a 100% employment rate upon graduation. We are currently in candidate status for ACCE accreditation, have an active industry advisory board, and continue to expand our industry ties. Program faculty members are active in a variety of research areas, involved in student competitions, and participate in university, local, regional, national, and international committees and organizations.

Area of Specialization:

Construction Management/Construction Science

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As administrator of the Building Construction Science program, the Director provides leadership in the areas of pedagogy, curriculum, research, student recruitment and retention, and faculty development, as well as interdisciplinary initiatives within the College and the University. Through engagement with students and faculty, the Director supports and furthers an active dialogue about construction education and research within the program, College, and University with industry leaders and other educators.

We seek an energetic, collaborative, and innovative director to lead faculty, staff, and students and further develop the program's unique curriculum by building on its success, continued growth, and strong relationship with the construction industry. The candidate should demonstrate leadership qualities to support the program’s goal of excellence by supporting and mentoring faculty teaching, research, and service; by creating and supporting research and funding opportunities; by fostering program development and growth; by expanding industry relationships; and by leading the program to achieve accreditation.

Essential duties and responsibilities of the Director are to:
• Lead, manage, and administer all aspects of the Building Construction Science Program including curriculum and program development, recruitment and retention, human resources, physical resources, and fiscal resources.
• Foster collegiality, build consensus, and articulate and promote the Program’s goals and interests.
• Lead the program in preparation for accreditation.
• Work with the Office of the Dean, the Office of Research and Economic Development, and the MSU Foundation to increase private and institutional support for research, facilities, scholarships, endowments, and advancement.
• Develop and maintain University and community relationships and outreach.
• Continue individual research/creative achievement at the national and/or international level.

Duties shall include those outlined in the job description and other such duties, including teaching, as mutually agreed upon with the Dean of the College.

As an employee, the Director is expected to comply with all federal and state laws, all policies of the Board of Trustees, and all University policies.

The Director of the Building Construction Science Program reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Design. This appointment is subject to approval by the University President.

The successful candidate is expected to begin employment on or before July 1, 2018.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must hold a Master’s Degree in Construction Management/Science or a closely related field and must have university teaching and administrative experience and relevant professional construction industry experience.

The candidate’s vita must demonstrate scholarship, academic achievement, and the energy and intellect to work collaboratively with the faculty to develop a challenging and compelling vision of construction education, particularly in the area of studio-inquiry and problem-based instructional pedagogies.

The candidate must have received tenure and be eligible for or demonstrate sufficient academic accomplishment to quality for appointment at the Professor level with tenure.

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in construction management or in construction science or in a closely related field is preferred (although only a preferred qualification, candidates who are "all but dissertation" (ABD) at the time of application should have received their PhD prior to the position start date.)

Professional registration and/or certification in construction or a closely related field is also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must meet or exceed the following criteria:
• Demonstrated effectiveness to serve as a dynamic, effective leader, advocate, and mentor.
• Proven ability to effectively communicate with diverse internal and external audiences through written, oral, and social media.
• Proven ability to effectively interact with and support diverse students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and external stakeholders.
• Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the Program, the College, and the University including values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach PDFs of the following application materials:
1) Cover letter,
2) Statement of administrative philosophy including approach to teaching, research, and service,
3) CV with the names and contact information (address, telephone number, and email address) of five references, and
4) Academic transcripts.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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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