Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

Sunday, November 4, 2012
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Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
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Auburn University
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The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. The initial appointment is for a five-year term, renewable for consecutive terms. Successful candidates must possess a distinguished record of teaching, research, and scholarship, as well as excellent interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. The Department Chair is responsible for providing leadership in research, teaching, and outreach and should have demonstrated significant accomplishments in these areas. Consistent with the goals of the College of Engineering, applicants must articulate a clear vision and demonstrate the qualities necessary to lead a dynamic faculty toward a higher level of excellence. The Department Chair must have the academic and professional qualifications to be awarded tenure at the rank of Full Professor in Civil Engineering. A substantial record of research and scholarly achievements with a national reputation is essential along with a strong commitment to teaching and service. The Department of Civil Engineering has 22 tenure-track faculty in seven specialty areas of civil engineering. The department offers B.C.E., M.S., M.C.E., and Ph.D. degrees, and enrollments are approximately 575 undergraduates (freshmen through senior) and 110 graduate students. Civil Engineering faculty have a strong record of funded research and scholarly activity. Average research awards for the past three years have exceeded $9M. The department is home to the Highway Research Center and the National Center for Asphalt Technology. Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the largest and most prestigious engineering program in Alabama, produces more than one third of the state’s engineering graduates according to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the college 30th among public universities offering doctoral programs, while its graduate programs were ranked 40th among public universities. With a dynamic and innovative research program, as well as 12 undergraduate and 10 graduate degree granting programs, the college is recognized as a significant contributor to the region’s economic development and industrial competitiveness. Auburn University is one of the nation's premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report ratings of undergraduate programs, it was ranked 37th among public universities. Auburn is a high research activity institution, offering Bachelor's, First Professional, Master's, Educational Specialist, and Doctor's degrees. Auburn University has 1,196 full-time faculty, 159 part-time faculty, and enrolls 25,469 students from all fifty states and approximately 81 countries, including 20,446 undergraduates, 4,005 graduate students, and 1,018 first professional students. The city of Auburn is a thriving intellectual community located approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL, and is about 50 miles from the State Capitol of Montgomery. The Auburn-Opelika metropolitan statistical area has a population of 140,000, excellent public school systems, a regional medical center, and the distinction of being recognized as one of the “best small towns in America.” named Auburn as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Live" for 2012. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. To assure full consideration, applications should be submitted as a single pdf file via email to and must include a curriculum vita, a letter of interest providing a summary of qualifications for the position, and the names and contact information for three references. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Auburn University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer