Department Chair and Professor

Job Type
Job Rank
Department Chair and Professor
Job Institution
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Job Description

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) seeks experienced, dynamic candidates for Department Chair and Professor.

CEE seeks candidates who can lead the Department’s pursuit of excellence in research and teaching through continued recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse faculty and staff. Candidates should be able to communicate a clear vision for advancing engineering education and for department leadership that fosters strong partnerships with academia, government, industry, and alumni. The ideal candidate will have experience leading faculty and staff in a collaborative manner, including a demonstrated commitment to faculty and staff shared governance, transparency, and ability to build consensus and promote collegiality. 

The Chair is responsible for the daily operation of the department and the department programs.

The Department Chair will promote excellence in department programs within the University. Chair responsibilities are classified as professional duties requiring leadership and mentoring of faculty, engaging public and private partnerships and fundraising, administrative expertise to include vision, long-term and short-term planning, decision-making and coordination of instruction.

The Chair will lead and grow departmental academic, research, and outreach activities in the context of the Department’s, College’s, and University’s vision and strategic plan. The responsibilities of the department chairperson can be divided into five primary areas: 1) personnel, 2) student & alumni affairs, 3) budgeting & planning, 4) developing external partnerships and fundraising, and 5) administration & service. The Chair will support the Department’s mission in a variety of ways, including:

  • conducting short-term / operational planning and execution;
  • mentoring, supervising, and supporting faculty and staff members;
  • supporting faculty research efforts and initiatives by fostering interdisciplinary and industry collaborations and providing resources;
  • securing external and internal discretionary and operational funding;
  • improving curriculum design, including accreditation planning and review preparation;
  • supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;
  • carrying out long-term strategic collaborative planning efforts, including coordinating and engaging with the Department and College Advisory Boards;
  • performing research and dissemination of scholarly work in relevant field(s) of expertise; and
  • teaching courses in related areas at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. Candidates should have 1) a proven record of scholarly accomplishment, in particular supporting doctoral and post-doctoral research, 2) experience in administrative leadership in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering 3) demonstrated an ability to work across disciplines and lead a growing, diverse department dedicated to teaching and research excellence; 4) demonstrated the ability to collaborate and build working partnerships nationally and internationally, 5) the ability to lead the refinement and implementation of a plan articulating an exciting and strategic vision for the department and, 6) the ability to lead the Department as outlined in the essential job duties. Professional licensure (P.E) in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering is preferred but not required.

This position will remain open until filled, but priority consideration will be given to candidates that apply by August 15, 2022. Address inquiries to

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE institution that is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. To achieve these goals, the Lee College of Engineering aggressively recruits women and minority candidates for positions since both groups are underrepresented within the profession. The college has a diverse team of faculty who use personal contacts to encourage the application of underrepresented minority candidates. All qualified underrepresented candidates are interviewed.

For consideration, please submit an online application at, position #004626

The application package should include (1) a cover letter, (2) a detailed CV, (3) names and contact information of at least three references, and (4) a two-page statement summarizing the candidate’s approach to academic leadership, their vision and goals for CEE education and research at UNC Charlotte, and specific examples and/or experience that qualifies them for the position.