Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Lehigh University invites applications for the tenured Full Professor position of Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) (https://engineering.lehigh.edu/matsci). Applicants should possess an earned PhD in Materials Science or a related discipline and have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the MSE Department. The candidate should advance Lehigh's reputation as a prominent research and educational institution by demonstrating accomplishments and future potential in research and scholarship. They should also have a strong commitment to teaching students in an inclusive learning environment. Selection criteria will include consideration of the candidate's relevant experience in contributing to and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs or activities that provide an environment in which faculty, staff and students can thrive.
The successful candidate will bring their vision and leadership skills and be interested in engaging a department of outstanding faculty, students, and staff to promote a productive, collegial environment, and to build upon the department's nationally recognized strengths in research, industry partnership, and undergraduate/graduate education. The Chair will also be an integral member of the college leadership team and actively participate in service to the university community. We particularly encourage applications from women and underrepresented minorities.
Lehigh's MSE Department is consistently ranked among the top 35 nationally. The department currently awards B.S., M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering. MSE faculty have attained national prominence in the thematic research areas of Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, Materials for Advancing Human Health, and Advanced Materials Characterization, with annual research expenditures totaling $5 million. The successful candidate will join a growing interdisciplinary group of faculty members at Lehigh University working within one or more of our three Interdisciplinary Research Institutes; namely the Institutes for Functional Materials and Devices, for Cyber Physical Infrastructure, and for Data, Intelligent Systems and Computation.
Founded in 1865, Lehigh University combines outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. Lehigh has five colleges, including the new College of Health, and is investing substantially in new innovative research and academic programs to enhance its intellectual footprint. These investments, based on faculty-driven initiatives, will advance the University's commitment to scholarship and to the student experience.
The Rossin College consists of eight departments, twelve research-based M.S. and Ph.D. programs, ten professional master's programs, and twelve undergraduate programs. The college also has multiple cross-college honors programs with the College of Business and with the College of Arts and Sciences. The College faculty includes approximately 130 tenure-track and 20 teaching faculty members. The student body includes approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students. The College has broad-based research activities across numerous areas of scholarly excellence and is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of Applications — Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications for this senior position, targeted to receive tenure on arrival, must be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20346, by 12/15/2021 for full consideration. Candidates should provide (i) a cover letter, (ii) a full CV, (iii) a Research Statement that describes past scholarly contributions and future research directions, (iv) a Teaching Statement that describes instructional philosophy and courses that the candidate could teach or develop, (v) a DEI Statement that describes prior DEI experience, and the candidate's vision for enhancing community and culture at Lehigh; and (vi) the names and contact information for at least three references. Any inquiries regarding this search should be directed to Prof. Chris Kiely (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. Anand Ramamurthi (email@example.com), co-chairs of the Search Committee.
Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering (http://www.lehigh.edu/luadvance/) and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at https://diversityandinclusion.lehigh.edu/. Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at https://provost.lehigh.edu/work-life-balance. Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty, https://dualcareer.lehigh.edu/dual-career.