Director, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity

Friday, March 1, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Associate or Full Professor
Job Institution: 
Southern Methodist University
Job Description: 

Southern Methodist University

Director, the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity


Southern Methodist University (SMU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity (Position No: 50939). The appointment will be at a tenured/tenure track Associate or Full Professor level based upon qualifications and experience. Applicants interested in a multi-year but non-permanent appointment are also encouraged to apply.

Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is a private university of 11,000 students offering strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through seven schools – Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadow School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, Dedman School of Law, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. To learn more about the rich cultural environment of SMU, please see:

The Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity resides within the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. The Institute has three long-term goals: (I) Prepare the engineer of the future to solve pressing humanitarian issues through skilled expertise and leadership; (II) Form strategic partnerships with business, academia, government and other organizations working in innovation and/or developing countries; and (III) Serve as an aggregator and facilitator between communities needing innovative solutions and the organizations building those solutions. The Institute focuses on issues related to access to clean water; creating affordable shelter, including design options for the marginalized; hygiene education and promotion; aid logistics and distribution; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.

Candidates for the position must have an earned PhD degree in a field related to the mission of the institute with solid record of publications, presentations and grants related to engineering and/or humanity issues. Candidates must possess excellent writing and speaking skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. The Director will have responsibilities for developing and delivering programs and resources to foster the mission of the Institute. The Director will also be responsible for strategic planning, and fundraising for the Institute, collaborating with other campus units, facilitating intra- and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty; and overseeing the Institute's day-to-day operations.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Director is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their applicationby May 15, 2013 to Dr. Khaled Abdelghany, Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750340, Dallas, TX 75275-0340,, either as hard copy or electronically. The anticipated start is August 15, 2013. SMU will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.  Hiring is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background check.