Chair/Professor, Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering - Georgia Southern University in Statesboro Georgia

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Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia 30460

United States


Detailed Job Description

Chair and Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering

Search # 67316

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology


The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair and Professor of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering.


Georgia Southern University, classified as a doctoral/research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is a member of the University System of Georgia. As the largest and most comprehensive research institution in southeast Georgia, the University is a residential campus of more than 20,500 students representing 48 states and 89 nations.


Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Georgia Southern offers a comprehensive array of baccalaureate degrees and selected master's and doctoral programs through eight colleges: Business Administration, Education, Engineering and Information Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Public Health, Science and Mathematics, and Graduate Studies. With an emphasis on academic distinction, excellent teaching, research, and student success, Georgia Southern offers both undergraduate and graduate students an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth.


Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern lays claim to being the most beautiful campus in the state. Comprising more than 900 acres, the University grounds are an arboretum-like treasure featuring gently rolling lawns, scenic ponds, and soaring pines. Located in Statesboro, a safe Main Street community of approximately 30,000 residents not far from Savannah and Hilton Head Island, Georgia Southern provides the benefits of a major university with the feeling of a smaller college.


Within this setting, the newly formed Department of Manufacturing Engineering (MfgE) is part of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology. In addition to educating students who will lead one of America's resurging and rapidly growing career fields, the MfgE department supports our ABET-accredited programs in Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. At the graduate level, MfgE faculty participate in the delivery of the Master of Science in Applied Engineering degree with multiple concentrations, including Engineering Management. By 2020, it is anticipated that the manufacturing engineering department will grow to ten full-time faculty members, two support staff, and 245 undergraduate students.


Active research areas in the department include automation and computer integrated manufacturing, materials processing, and additive manufacturing. Delivery of the curriculum involves significant hands-on experience in which students learn practical, current, and applied skills valued by employers. Academic alliances with industry partners, collaborative programs, and co-op experiences provide students with experience using state-of-the-art equipment and software.


Position Description. Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Chair of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering position requires administrative, some teaching, scholarship, and service responsibilities along with a terminal degree. The position will provide vision and leadership for establishing and implementing the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the new department. The Chair will advance a culture of academic excellence in which distinction in teaching, research, and service are expected and rewarded. He/she will provide leadership for undergraduate and graduate curriculum development, assessment of student learning, accreditation, research programs, and initiatives that further the department’s and the college’s strategic plans. The Chair will be instrumental in hiring the new faculty and support staff in the department and will be responsible for departmental resource management, such as budgeting, purchasing, and academic scheduling. He/she will represent the department within the university community as well as establish contacts and build relationships with industry, alumni, and external stakeholders. The Chair will support university and college-level fund raising activities, while providing leadership for those at the department level. He/she will also be a part of the leadership team of the college’s newly formed engineering and technology research center. The Chair will be an active teacher-scholar in the department and participate in appropriate service activities. The position is a 12-month tenured or tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Required Qualifications:

  •     Undergraduate and terminal degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in Manufacturing, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, or closely related field
  •     A record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor
  •     Effective communication, interpersonal and leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  •     Leadership within the profession and academia that demonstrates ability to establish and build a department
  •     Experience relevant to recruiting, retaining, and developing high-achieving faculty
  •     Experience with strategic planning and program development
  •     Experience managing a department, program, or other academic unit with at least 10 faculty and staff members; including budget management
  •     Experience with ABET and SACSCOC accreditation
  •     Relevant industry experience in manufacturing engineering or a closely related field
  •     Teaching and/or research experience in one or more of the core areas of manufacturing engineering, with the ability to teach in the area(s)
  •     Ability to build and sustain research programs
  •     Experience relevant to establishing a new graduate program
  •     Experience working effectively with business people and leaders in the private sector
  •     Experience with entrepreneurial ventures within either the academic or private sectors
  •     Demonstrated experience with fundraising

Screening of applications begins October 5, 2015, and continues until the position is filled.

The preferred position starting date is January 1, 2016; however, individuals requiring a later starting date of July 1, 2016, are encouraged to apply. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications and applications submitted electronically (as a single pdf) will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:


Dr. Susan Williams, Search Chair, Search # 67316

Chair, Department of Information Technology

Georgia Southern University

Electronic mail:

Telephone: (912) 478-7679


More information about the institution is available through or

Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act.


Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution.

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Associate Provost.


Keyword Phrases

  • Chair
  • Professor
  • Manufacturing Engineering
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume