Civil Engineering

Monday, May 16, 2022
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Department Head
Job Institution: 
Kansas State University
Job Description: 

Kansas State University

Department Head – Department of Civil Engineering 

Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Kansas State University in their search for Department Head, Department of Civil Engineering.

For best consideration, please apply by July 21st, 2022. On-campus interviews will be conducted in the fall with the selected candidate starting early 2023.

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University seeks an individual with the experience to provide leadership and administrative oversight for successful instructional, research, and diversity, equity, inclusion programs as the next Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. The successful candidate will be student-focused and through strong industry partnerships and collaboration be committed to grow student investment and enrollment and produce job-ready graduates. The next Head will be a strong promoter of teaching, research, service, and faculty development. Additionally, the ideal candidate wil:

  • Lead the department of civil engineering (CE) as it increases the number of incoming and graduating students, develops new knowledge, and disseminates information.
  • Provide leadership and administrative actions for the department that advance the knowledge and application of engineering and technology to environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation/materials, and water resources systems.
  • Provide oversight and management for the CE department, teaching, and research programs; supervise the CE office professionals; oversee/administer the departmental budget; facilitate grants, contracts, and other external funding, and developmental support activities; foster a diverse and inclusive environment and respond to college and university programmatic and informational requests.
  • Lead and support efforts to maintain ABET accreditation.
  • Represent the CE departmental faculty, students and programs at College of Engineering executive/leadership committees, other college/university functions, and within the engineering communities.
  • Provide vision and leadership to advance the goals of the land grant mission, and the college of engineering and CE departmental strategic priorities.
  • Foster collaborations with engineering and non-engineering degree programs in the university.
  • Facilitate external funding support and opportunities, including working with alumni; local, state, and federal agencies; industry partners; and the Kansas State University Foundation.
  • Mentor and develop faculty and staff to grow professionally

The next Head of the Department of Civil Engineering will have a strong record of scholarly and professional accomplishments, a distinguished reputation in the civil engineering community, and excellent interpersonal skills.

The department of civil engineering at Kansas State University, established in 1907, has a nationally recognized interdisciplinary research program and maintains a rich tradition of teaching excellence. The department offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as MS and PhD programs. Established programs of study and research include environmental, geotechnical, structural, water resources, and transportation and materials engineering. These activities are supported through numerous departmental laboratories for research and teaching. Several centers and multidisciplinary programs exist to facilitate collaboration. The department has 15 faculty members and approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students.

This position reports to the dean of the College of Engineering and has a strong working relationship with the dean and senior leaders in the College of Engineering. The department head is responsible for the administration of all programs and budgets of the department. The department head works with faculty,

staff, and students to deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, fosters research efforts of the highest quality, and maintains productive relationships and development activities with alumni, industry partners, and government agencies.


  • Earned doctoral degree in civil engineering or a closely related field.
  • A strong record of teaching, research, service, and proven leadership and administrative abilities.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively nurture talent, and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Academic credentials and professional qualifications that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in the department


  • Demonstrated ability to raise substantial external funding
  • Experience with recruiting undergraduate and graduate students
  • Proven fiscal and managerial skills
  • A record of increasing administrative responsibility with demonstrated leadership.
  • Engagement in national/international professional organizations
  • Demonstrated strategic vision in leading organizations and projects
  • A record of positive interaction with business, alumni, and other relevant constituents
  • Ability to lead and facilitate a positive environment for continuing growth of the department and its endowment
  • Registration as a professional engineer or other professional licensure or the willingness to pursue licensure

About the College and the University

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will educate the next generation of diverse and inclusive technological leaders through the dissemination and creation of knowledge and scholarly activity that results in a safe, sustainable, and secure society.  The college has eight academic departments and offers more than 30 programs, including 14 undergraduate, 11 master's and eight doctoral degrees.  With more than 3,000 students enrolled, it is the second largest college at K-State. 

Kansas State University educates over 20,000 of tomorrow’s potential leaders. The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges and the association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters family. Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships. Additionally, K-State is undergoing exciting and all-encompassing new strategic plan initiatives building upon the capacities, partnerships, and accountability of becoming a “Next-Generation Land-Grant University.”

Research Opportunities

As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is dedicated to research that will better their community, state, and world. Kansas State University takes great pride in ensuring faculty members have the tools necessary to make the breakthroughs the world needs. They offer a variety of programs and funding opportunities to secure their researchers’ success. In part because of the university’s biosecurity research and expertise, Manhattan was chosen as the location for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which is scheduled to open in 2023.

Diversity and Inclusion

Kansas State University has a long, storied history of embracing diversity and inclusion as a core component of their educational mission. As the nation’s first operational land-grant, K-State has always admitted students without regard to race, gender, or creed. Their commitment to meeting the needs and interests of a diverse student body and preparing all constituents for meaningful engagement in an ever changing, diverse world is unwavering. They believe that diversity adds value to the educational fabric of their institution and students are encouraged to capitalize on the learning opportunities that differences can create.

To learn more information about diversity and inclusion at K-State, please visit

The Community

Situated in the heart of northeast Kansas’ scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan’s 56,000 citizens enjoy a dynamic community with shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Manhattan is affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” a nod to its East Coast namesake, but has a vibrant culture all its own. Here is just a sampling of what residents look forward to year-round

  • Shopping, dining, and socializing in Aggieville, a local entertainment district with a fun, energetic vibe.
  • A vibrant, revitalized downtown area with fine dining options and local boutiques.
  • The Flint Hills Discovery Center, featuring exhibits about the beautiful surrounding region.
  • Beautiful outdoor life at Sunset Zoo and The Gardens at Kansas State University.
  • Recreation opportunities at the Konza Prairie, Tuttle Creek State Park, Linear Park Trail and more.
  • The university’s McCain Performance Series, which hosts acclaimed Broadway musicals, comedians, musicians, and other entertainers.
  • Exciting Big 12 athletic events (faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets).
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course, ranked as the top public golf course in Kansas.
  • Excellent K-12 education. The local high school ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. high schools, and the district is home to several Kansas Master Teachers

Learn more about the Manhattan community, at

To Apply

For best consideration, please apply by July 21st, 2022. On-campus interviews will be conducted in the fall with the selected candidate starting early 2023.

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Institution’s EEO Statement

Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. In accordance with Kansas Board of Regents policy on hiring, background check will be required.