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Department Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Academic Administrator

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Michigan Technological University and the College of Engineering invites applications for Department Chair in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Chair leads the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in their mission of excellence in education, research, and service. We seek an individual with the vision and experience to: elevate the department’s prominence in research within the fields of electrical, computer and robotics engineering; further our strong tradition of educational excellence; and grow our B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the department and is responsible for the department’s administration, hiring, promotion and budget as well as being the leader in continuously improving the culture of inclusion and excellence in teaching and research. The Chair serves as the primary liaison between the department and the rest of the University and external constituents, and is expected to foster collaborations both internal and external to the university that advance the department’s mission.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Serve as chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for all aspects of the educational, research, and service activities within the department.
● Provide strong leadership for excellence in teaching, service, and research while promoting a culture of safety, inclusion and continuous improvement.
● Effectively engage the department and other stakeholders in executing the department’s vision and strategic plan, ensuring alignment of the department’s vision, plan, and goals with those of the College and University.
● Manage the department’s finances responsibly and strategically to achieve short­ and long-term goals.
● Recruit, develop, and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty; support faculty in research and educational endeavors; and guide the mentorship of junior faculty.
● Increase the recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
● Supervise department faculty and staff; conduct progress reviews of untenured faculty and make recommendations on reappointment, tenure, and promotion cases; conduct performance reviews of all department faculty.
● Increase funding for the department through individual and collaborative efforts and by leveraging existing resources.
● Establish relationships with alumni, academic, industry, and government groups to promote the goals of the department in academics and research and their funding.
● Contribute to University advancement activities by reaching out to prospective donors, leading stewardship activities for current donors, and, as appropriate leveraging department resources in support of growth of total resources available to support the department.
● Serve as department spokesperson and advocate within the university and with external constituents; actively promote the success of the department’s students, faculty, and staff.
● Oversee and ensure quality of ABET and university assessment activities.
● Provide leadership for activities to improve the quality of the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs.
● Proactively promote and conduct activities that engage students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and demographics to cultivate and sustain an inclusive environment.
● Identify safety-related knowledge, skills, abilities, and training needed for positions within the department and opportunities for continuous learning and improvement of safety.
● Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.
● Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● An earned Ph.D. degree in electrical or computer engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Scholarly products and activities appropriate for a tenured appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
● Demonstrated supervisory, budgetary, and resource allocation accomplishments in an academic, government or industrial setting.
● Demonstrated potential for leadership in an academic, government or industrial setting.
● Demonstrated experience working at, or in collaboration with, science and/or engineering programs at the university level.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Experience working with engineering programs at the university level.
● Experience developing curriculum in a field closely related to one or more of our department degrees.
● Experience supervising professional staff.
● Experience fostering a flexible and inclusive work environment.
● Experience generating resources through fundraising.
● Experience with strategic planning.
● Experience working in, and with, industry.
● Experience promoting a culture of safety.
● Experience working with U.S. funding agencies.
● Experience working with higher education accreditation agencies, e.g. HLC, ABET
● Experience with leadership in national and/or international professional organizations.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
● Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to effectively recognize, resolve, and mediate conflicts.
● Demonstrated experience promoting an inclusive and welcoming working environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Demonstrated leadership ability.
● Evidence of leadership in developing innovative and distinctive education and research programs.
● Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop, and retain talented and diverse students, faculty, and staff.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

11 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Candidates will submit a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of their thoughts on the future direction of electrical and computer engineering research and education, a diversity, equity and inclusion statement and a document that lists the names and contact information for four professional references (to be contacted only by permission of the applicant). Please direct inquiries to the Search Committee Chair ( The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to December 15, 2021.

Additional Information

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 669 undergraduate students, 117 graduate students, 23 faculty, and 10 support staff. The department has active research programs in image and signal processing, remote sensing, robotics, communications and sensor networks, electric energy systems, and electro physics, and is housed within 50,000 sq. ft. of contiguous space. Electrical & Computer Engineering is one of nine departments in the College of Engineering. The college has a total of 3566 undergraduate students and 652 graduate students, while the University has enrollments of 5774 undergraduates and 1232 graduates. Details can be found at our website:

The University is located in Houghton, in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula near Lake Superior, with great opportunities for outdoor recreation. It is a part of a small culturally rich community, offering an outstanding quality of life and consistently listed as one of the best small towns in the country.

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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