Professor and Head and Endowed Chair

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 061700 - Mechanical Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The position functions as the department head and a full professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department Head, who reports to the Dean of Bagley College of Engineering, is responsible for the overall administration of the department, and is expected to be a dynamic and collaborative leader working closely with the Dean, faculty, and staff to promote the department and the college missions. This position also holds the PACCAR endowed chair in Mechanical Engineering.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of eight academic departments in the Bagley College of Engineering. The Department offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in mechanical engineering, as well as graduate studies leading to MS and PhD degrees. The Department is composed of 979 undergraduates, 122 graduate students, 18 tenure-track faculty members, 4 Clinical Faculty, 2 instructors, and 5 staff members. Faculty members have developed a strong research program in the areas of computational engineering, energy systems, materials, and solid mechanics and play a vital role in several college and university research centers ( The Department is located in the historic Carpenter Engineering Building and has excellent classroom and laboratory facilities.

Area of Specialization:

Mechanical Engineering

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2021

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides vision and leadership for nationally recognized education and research programs.
2. Provides leadership and mentoring to all faculty, staff, and students.
3. Responsible for overall administration of faculty and support staff activities.
4. Responsible for recruitment of a diverse community of students, faculty, and support staff.
5. Maintains and participates actively in ongoing departmental research program and seeks new areas of research funding.
6. Conducts research leading to scholarly publications.
7. Participates in fundraising activities, including solicitation of gifts for scholarships, professorships, chairs, etc.
8. Works with the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering and university administration in establishing goals and objectives for the college, department, and in meeting the university missions of teaching, research, and service.
9. Serves as a liaison with faculty, administrators, alumni, students, and community.
10. Academic responsibilities include planning, reviewing, and updating the curriculum, academic programs, and course content.
11. Personnel responsibilities include promotion and tenure, performance evaluation, and workload management.
12. Fiscal responsibilities include preparing and overseeing departmental budget and other budgets for research funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, must have earned national recognition by a distinguished record of accomplishments in mechanical engineering education and research, and must qualify for the rank of professor. A record of scholarly publications in archival literature and funded research is required. Significant teaching experience is expected, and direct industrial interaction is preferred. Demonstrated success and leadership in obtaining and executing government and industrial research grants and contracts are expected. In addition, a baccalaureate in engineering is desirable.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful Department Head will provide:
1. Vision and leadership for nationally recognized education and research programs,
2. Exceptional academic and administrative skills,
3. A strong commitment to faculty recruitment and development, and
4. A strong commitment to promoting diversity.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at by submitting a cover letter outlining your experience and vision for this position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. Screening of candidates will begin December 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Dr. Bill Elmore, Director of Swalm School of Chemical Engineering and Search Committee Chair ( or 662-325-2480).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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