Department Chair (Civil Engineering)

Maryland, United States
$148,750.00 - $148,750.00
Nov 16, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Department Chair
Department of Civil Engineering
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering
Morgan State University, Baltimore MD

Morgan State University (MSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair for the Department of Civil Engineering in the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering (SOE). As the pre-eminent, public urban research university and a National Treasure located in the state of Maryland, MSU plays a vital role providing educational opportunities for its residents, for students nation-wide and for the international community. Reporting to Dean Oscar Barton, Jr. and working collaboratively with SOE’s leadership, the Chair will define a vision that will chart new areas of opportunity for the department and will provide the leadership and an entrepreneurship spirit necessary to achieve them. The Chair will manage all operations of the department including those related to its offered programs, for its faculty, for its staff and those related to budget and finance. This 12-month, tenured appointment is at the rank of full professor with an anticipated start date for the appointment of July 1, 2021.

The Chair is the academic and administrative officer for the Department of Civil Engineering with responsibilities that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides the strategic vision, the intellectual and academic leadership toward advancing educational and administrative agendas for a broad range of innovative, transformational initiatives for the department. These initiatives are effectively implemented through cross-disciplinary collaboration, strengthening corporate and industry partnerships, and developing global and local networks of support;
  • Oversees the management and promotion of excellence within the instructional, service, and research mission of the department;
  • Work collaboratively with Dean and the university administration on policy development and implementation;
  • Directs hiring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff at the department level; and
  • Guides the development and oversight of undergraduate and graduate curricula and degree programs, including compliance with accreditation standards.

The successful candidate must have a terminal degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline. In addition, the candidate must currently hold the rank of full professor or promotable to this rank by virtue of their professional and academic achievements. A record consisting of accomplishments towards excellence in teaching, of productivity in research and scholarship, and of demonstrated engagement in leadership and administration are essential in this role. 


  • Success in fund-raising and securing external support from a variety of sources, including federal, state, private, and industrial.
  • Accomplishments as an administrator.
  • Experience with interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, entrepreneurship, and the development of new and innovative programs

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University, known for its excellence in teaching, research, public service and community engagement, is one of four public doctoral research institutions in Maryland. It awards the largest number of bachelor’s degrees to African Americans in the State of Maryland; and it has produced more Fulbright Scholarships than any other HBCU in the nation. As one of the leading institutions nationally; it prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in society. Each year, the University enrolls nearly 8,000 students who come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds in programs from the baccalaureate level through the doctorate. As the State of Maryland’s preeminent public urban university, Morgan has a mission that reaches from the nearest communities to the farthest corners of the globe. To carry out that mission, the University seeks energetic, visionary, and transformational leaders. 

The Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering houses the Civil Engineering department. It has consistently graduated the most African American Civil Engineering students in the state of Maryland. The undergraduate civil engineering program is competitive in technological breadth and depth with any undergraduate civil engineering program in the country. All students receive instruction in the following areas of study: environmental, geotechnical, hydraulic, structural and transportation engineering. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the department at: to learn more.

Interested applicants should visit to submit: (1) a cover letter briefing describing relevant leadership and administrative experiences, (2) a vision statement of goals and aspirations as Chair (two page maximum) (3) a one-page research statement (4) a one-page teaching statement, (5) a complete Curriculum Vitae, (6) a list of 3-5 references. For best consideration, submitted materials should be received by January 29, 2021. Questions can be directed to the faculty search chair Dr. Craig Scott by email to:

Morgan State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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