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Department Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Apply now Job No: 20049
Department: Manufacturing & Mech Eng Technology
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Academic Administrator, Engineering

*Internal Posting Only*

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.  

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Job Description Summary

The College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Department Chair in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology to begin July 1, 2020.

The Department was formed as a result of the migration of the MET program from School of Technology in July 2019. It currently has 6 faculty members (4 tenured/tenure track), around 170 undergraduate students, and a new, rapidly-growing MS Program in Mechatronics that is shared with the College of Computing.

The Chair will lead the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology 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 and further our strong tradition of education excellence, and grow enrollment in both the undergraduate and MS 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.

The Chair will be responsible for migrating the BS in Engineering degree program from the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, as well as strengthening and growing that program within the College and Department.

As the Chair of a relatively new department, the Chair will be responsible for developing a strategic plan in collaboration with the College, developing a plan for alumni and industry engagement, and initiating a fundraising plan to support the mission and growth of the Department.

The Chair will be expected to be a campus champion for research and education in manufacturing, bringing together diverse constituents both on campus and off and leading the manufacturing efforts at Michigan Tech.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Serve as the chief administrative officer of the department with the 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 developing and 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.

Develop a plan and grow enrollment in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Supervise department faculty and staff; conduct progress reviews of nontenured faculty and make recommendations on reappointment, tenure and promotion cases; conduct performance review of all department faculty.

Increase funding for the department through individual and collaborative efforts and by leveraging existing resources and identifying new 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.

Conduct a thorough study of teaching efficiency in the Department as a unit in the College of Engineering, with a goal of freeing up faculty time for research and graduate programs.

Lead a comprehensive study of the curriculum, and implement changes needed to ensure that our graduates succeed in “Industry 4.0”, with its expansion into artificial intelligence, machine learning, programming and data analytics.

Develop and implement a plan for full external funding of Senior Design projects.  Integrate, stabilize and grow the BSE program after it moves into the Department from Engineering Fundamentals.

Oversee and ensure quality of ABET and university assessment activities.

Provide leadership for activities to improve the quality of the B.S. and M.S. 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 amount employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Earned Doctorate in Engineering, Technology, Manufacturing, Technical Education or closely-related field that complements the strengths of the Department.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Scholarly products and activities appropriate for a tenured appointment as a full professor in MMET.

Demonstrated experience successfully working with diverse individuals.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience in working with engineering programs at the university level.
Experience working in industry.
Experience in supervising professional staff.
Experience in fostering a flexible and inclusive work environment.
Experience in generating resources through fundraising.
Experience in strategic planning.
Experience working in and with industry.
Experience with accreditation activities.

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

Demonstrated leadership ability and personnel management skills.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to effectively recognize and resolve conflicts and mediate disputes.
Demonstrated commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming working environment and a culture of safety.
Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and ability to manage budgets.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Success in leading strategic and tactical plan development
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.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office. The noise level in the work environment is usually low.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 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 

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered final 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


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding

Not dependent on external funding.

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Candidates will submit a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of thoughts on the future direction of manufacturing and mechanical engineering research and education, 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 Professor Walter Milligan, Milligan is the Interim Chair of the Department, is assisting the Search Committee, and is not applying for the position. The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to April 15, 2020.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format should contact Human Resources at or 906/487-2280.

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

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview and we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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