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Department Chair-Mechanical Engineering
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Job Description

The College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Daytona Beach Campus invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Since its founding in 2003, the Department has undergone remarkable growth in size and has gained national recognition for its focus on experiential learning and its innovative disciplinary tracks in robotics, high-performance vehicles, clean energy, and biomechanics. The College seeks a dynamic, nationally recognized academic leader who will partner with the faculty to promote growth of the graduate programs, including the nascent PhD program, and set the research direction and priorities while maintaining the tradition of teaching excellence, the hands-on character of the program, and expanding the co-curricular and internship opportunities the program is known for.

Known for its Aerospace and Aviation focus, the College of Engineering has a total enrollment of over 2300, 101 full-time faculty, and has long enjoyed top rankings and national reputation. Mechanical Engineering is the second largest department and the fastest growing program on campus with 400 students and 17 full-time faculty. The Mechanical Engineering Department has small class sizes and places a large emphasis on student projects including EcoCAR, Solar Decathlon, SAE, EPA P3, and AUVSI student competitions. The department conducts research in areas including from biomechanics, robotics / unmanned systems, automotive engineering, computational fluid dynamics, energy systems, and manufacturing. In addition to the facilities and labs in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center, a new 50,000 square foot Engineering Center, the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), is scheduled to open this fall featuring state-of-the-art engineering research labs, incubation, and accelerator spaces as an anchor building for University's research park. A new Cray supercomputer has recently been acquired, and a new world class subsonic research wind tunnel is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.

Reporting to the Dean, the Department Chair will be responsible for managing the Department budget, the quality and integrity of the program, program innovation, assessment and continuous quality improvement, accreditation, and promoting and building research.

Consideration of applications will begin August 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled; the expected start date is August 2018. Applications should include a CV and a detailed letter discussing administrative experience (vision, mentoring experience for both students and faculty), academic qualifications and background that demonstrate a fit with the college mission and vision found at https://daytonabeach.erau.edu/college-engineering/administration/index.html.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field with a proven track record of scholarship, funded research and publication.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Ability to build consensus, and to work collaboratively and productively with other Department Chairs and College leaders to help shaping, promoting, and achieving the College mission.

A Distinguished Scholar and an innovative academic leader with administrative experience and proven ability to work across departments and disciplines.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teaches the science, practice, and business of aviation, aerospace, and selected related technologies. As the world's oldest and largest institution of its kind, Embry-Riddle maintains our position on the leading edge of technology with state-of-the-industry training facilities for educating the finest aviation and aerospace professionals in the world. The university offers more than 35 degree programs at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and at more than 130 extended learning centers for working professionals throughout the United States and Europe.