Professor and Head and Endowed Chair

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 010300 - Ag & Bio Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Minimum Salary:

Prof & Head & Endowed Chair (F0470 - UC)

Department Profile:

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering is a comprehensive department with 16 on campus faculty, and several adjunct/affiliate faculty off-campus within research centers and government agencies, engaged in teaching, research, Extension, and/or service programs; most of whom carry joint appointments. The department is co-administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering and offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in three distinct program areas: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business. Within these distinct degree programs, the department has over 500 undergraduates and more than 30 graduate students. The J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building includes more than 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, machinery workshop, and includes separate labs for sterile tissue culture, microbiology, biomaterials fabrication and characterization, cell and protein assays, biomechanical testing, environmental and water quality testing, agricultural and watershed processes simulation/modeling studies, electronic, robotic and machinery design fabrication and testing, fiber processing, GPS/GIS, renewable bio-energy, precision agriculture, and student computing resources. The department is committed to enhancing its statewide, national, and international reputation for excellence. More information about the department can be found at
Mississippi State holds the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s designation as a Doctoral/Extensive institution. Representative of the American land-grant tradition and distinctive in its own character and spirit, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees. A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, are assisted by an effective research administration to place Mississippi State among the top 100 universities in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering.

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The head should be able to effectively represent the teaching, research, Extension and other outreach efforts of the department with agencies, clientele, stakeholder groups, civic organizations, professional organizations, and the general public. Additionally, the head:

1. Develops/maintains knowledge of the concepts, enabling legislation, history, and
philosophy of the department and a land-grant university.
2. Follows policies with departmental budget/expenditure recommendations.
3. Develops/maintains communication with faculty/staff/other personnel, with
Governmental organizations (local, state, regional, national), and the private sector
on behalf of clientele, users, and cooperators.
a. Establishes/maintains relationships with key decision makers/leaders and communicates regularly to improve department activities.
b. Reports regularly to superiors. Advocates/negotiates for optimum combinations of human resources, funds, and materials to achieve program missions on a priority basis.
c. Reviews/evaluates plans of work, programs, publications and other educational services. Recommends continuation and/or modification to ensure complementary and supportive efforts by all faculty/staff.
d. Ensures Extension faculty provide statewide educational programming for dissemination of research based information, including in-service education programs for agents and teaching programs for stakeholders to include scientific-based assessment and evaluation.
4. Participates in department head meetings, reporting on and representing the department.
5. Oversees, in coordination with departmental faculty, development of curricula,
standards for formal/non-formal instruction, and continued programmatic excellence in undergraduate, graduate and Extension education.
6. Identifies, supports, and encourages multi-and inter-disciplinary programs that advance knowledge and technology and enhance the development and dissemination of practical applications.
7. Encourages teamwork and promotes cooperation/joint programming, where
appropriate, within the department, among division units and across the university.
8. Maximizes the use of existing priority planning groups and advisory councils to identify priorities and plan programs.
9. Provides planning, coordination, and support for obtaining goods/services for
optimum operation of the department, such as official mail, space allocations, supplies, computer support/services, property control and facilities.
10. Manages the staffing process according to MSU policies and procedures, such as position development/requisition, application recruitment/review, candidate selection/recommendation and terms of employment.
11. Evaluates performance of departmental faculty on-campus and in cooperation with appropriate research and Extension center heads. Responsible for justifying the evaluation with the Dean(s)/ Director(s) or their designees.
12. Recommends opportunities for employee professional growth/development, including early faculty mentorship and networking.
13. Participates/engages in scholarly pursuits in the candidate's discipline/area(s) of expertise.
14. Works with the director of MAFES and other university research centers to enhance research, develop a research program in applied and fundamental research to meet stakeholder needs, and expand knowledge base.
15. Interacts with research and Extension centers to facilitate statewide research efforts.
16. Works with the development team to provide leadership on fundraising efforts for the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Technology or related fields. Eligible for tenure at full professor and graduate faculty membership at MSU.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse interests and interdisciplinary programs in the department.
2. Knowledge of and experience with capital development activities and extramural grantsmanship.
3. Familiarity with Land Grant University system
4. Demonstrated successful administrative experience appropriate to the required responsibilities.
5. Competence in leadership and management, and exceptional interpersonal skills.
6. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and Extension/outreach.
7. Experience in establishing networks with business and industry.
8. Achievement of national visibility through leadership in academic and professional organizations.
9. Willingness to pursue, promote and encourage regional, national and international opportunities for the department.
10. Demonstrate ability to communicate and interact effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, partners, consumers, and industry-related constituencies.
11. Demonstrated ability to facilitate linkages with appropriate local, state, national and international agencies.
12. Experience with distance education program development and delivery.

Instructions for Applying:

Qualified applicants must apply online at and attach (1) a detailed letter of application including the applicant’s interest, qualifications, and experience, (2) a statement of administrative philosophy, strategies, and vision as department head; (3) a complete curriculum vitae; and (4) at least five professional references complete with current contact information. References will be contacted only upon applicant approval.

Nominations for exceptional potential candidates for the position are welcome and may be sent to Dr. Will Evans, Chair, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department Head Search Committee, at

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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