Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering - University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia

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University of Virginia

Charlottesville , Virginia 22903

United States

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 Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering

The University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering. The Chair will be expected to formulate and build consensus while inspiring vision; assist in recruiting, developing, and supporting faculty; while advancing the quality of the Chemical Engineering Department through education and research programs. This position requires a strong commitment to teaching, department administration, research, and outreach. The Chair is responsible for interpreting university and school objectives and policies for the faculty and staff of the department and through effective leadership.

The Position:

The Chair will promote effective leadership of personnel and management of departmental resources; providing leadership in the development and implementation of department plans and policies; providing for open communication with faculty and staff; fostering excellence in teaching, scholarship and outreach for faculty, students, and staff in the department; assisting higher administration in the assignment and in the evaluation of the services of each member of the department’s faculty and staff; participate in the university and department assessment and accreditation processes; effectively representing all constituents of the department; serving as part of the school’s leadership team and striving for the good of the school; and continuing personnel professional development in areas of leadership. Preferred research area will complement current departmental focus in biotechnology, energy & the environment, materials engineering & nanotechnology, and simulation & complex systems as well as the UVA SEAS Strategic Plan ( Candidates will be expected to teach courses in their area of expertise, mentor graduate students, and participate in the research mission of the university.


Founded in 1836, SEAS is the third oldest engineering school in a public university in the United States today. SEAS offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and 10 graduate degree programs. It has almost 2700 undergraduates (33% female) and almost 600 graduate students (24% female and 10% under-represented minorities). The School has nine departments: biomedical; chemical; civil and environmental; computer science; electrical and computer; engineering and society; materials; mechanical and aerospace; and systems and information. SEAS is home to 38 laboratories, consortia, and centers focused on innovative research and housed in 166,000 square feet of research laboratory space. Further information about the school can be found at

Founded in 1908, the Chemical Engineering department allows students to benefit from a modern academic curriculum and state-of-the-art instructional laboratories as well as applied research opportunities. Faculty are engaged in research in energy, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and nanomaterials. The department can be found at

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing leaders who are prepared to shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. The students who attend have been chosen because they show exceptional promise. The University remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2.


Required qualifications are as follows:

-Must hold a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, or related field/discipline;
-Qualify for the rank of professor in the department (refer to:;

Preferred qualifications are as follows:

-A record of excellence in education and research in Chemical Engineering;

-Vision and a long-term commitment to bringing the Department to new heights of international excellence;

-Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and team building skills;

-Leadership and management skills in an academic or industrial setting;

-Skills in institutional advancement and a track record of securing funding, especially from external agencies;

-Excellence in teaching, research, service, outreach, and leadership;

-Extensive experience in teamwork and effectively leading interdisciplinary groups;

-Commitment to diversity and respect for others

To Apply:

To express interest in this opportunity, please prepare and upload a cover letter stating your interest in the position, along with a CV to and search posting number 0615567. If nominating an individual for this opportunity, please include the nominee’s contact information and send electronically to Jeremy Duff, Director of the Executive Search Group at This search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Professional
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Competitive
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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