Chair of Aerospace

Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) invites applications for an innovative leader to chair the Department of Aerospace. MTSU seeks candidates who are committed to innovative teaching, robust research/creative activity, and meaningful service. We also seek to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty who value working with a diverse student body.

With over 1,200 undergraduate majors, the Department of Aerospace is a signature department at MTSU, and is one of the nation’s largest and most respected collegiate aviation operations programs. Department features include several high-fidelity flight and ATC simulators, including two CRJ-700 regional jet simulators and a 360-degree ATC tower simulator. Other labs include Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Technology, and multiple maintenance labs associated with the Part 147 FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training program. In addition, the department hosts a Flight Operations Center Unified Simulation Lab, wind tunnel, and 33 training aircraft.

The primary responsibility of the chair is strong academic leadership for the department, ensuring excellent quality program delivery and student success and achievement. Other responsibilities include budgetary coordination, faculty/staff hiring and management, operational oversight of the MTSU airport campus and flight school, and partnership development with business, industry, and associations. The chair will serve as a champion for the growing program and will be expected to engage in fundraising, navigate periodic AABI accreditation review, and ensure compliance with FAA and other pertinent regulations.

The selected candidate will have a bachelor’s or higher degree in an aviation discipline and will also have a doctorate or terminal degree in an appropriate, related field. The selected candidate will have pilot, maintenance, dispatch certification, or ATC certification, and would ideally have 5 years’ experience working in or managing flight operations. Teaching and/or leadership experience at the collegiate level is preferred. Similar experience in industry will be considered. Successful candidates must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated vision, leadership, administrative experience, and ability to work productively with faculty and students from diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Middle Tennessee State University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Julie Holley, Team Lead

Lauren McCaghren, Senior Executive Search Consultant



For more information about the Aerospace Department and Middle Tennessee State University, please visit:

The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from the Middle Tennessee State University documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern. MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at (615) 898-2424. MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus. This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this position.

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