The James J. Solberg Head and Professor, School of Industrial Engineering

Purdue University College of Engineering
Indiana, United States
Competitive Salary
May 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University is seeking an accomplished, dynamic, and innovative leader to serve as the James J. Solberg Head and Professor of the School of Industrial Engineering. The School of Industrial Engineering is consistently ranked as one of the top industrial engineering programs in the nation and recognized as an international pioneer and leader in the quality of its educational and research programs. The School currently has more than 750 undergraduate students, 200 graduate students, and 30 faculty members. Purdue Engineering takes pride in being at the pinnacle of excellence at scale.The successful candidate must possess the vision and qualities to further advance the School’s impact, recognition, national and international standings through a strong commitment to excel in discovery, learning, and engagement. The Head we seek will lead the School in continuing to define the evolution of IE and IE Frontier Areas, including Next Generation Products/Services, Complex Systems and Networks, Cognition and Decision Making, and Information Engineering. Additional information about the School of IE may be found at

Candidates must demonstrate a clear understanding of the current needs and future direction of the rapidly evolving industrial engineering profession; possess a commitment to diversity and collaboration; be skilled in administration and communication, student relations, and mentoring; and be talented at developing strong stakeholder relations, particularly with other units within the College of Engineering, alumni, and industry partners. Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering or related discipline and must meet the qualification of a full professor in Industrial Engineering with tenure, based on an outstanding record of independent and impactful research, graduate and undergraduate teaching, and professional service at national and international levels.

Submit the following documents to (1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a bullet-point summary of key accomplishments in any leadership roles held; (3) a personal statement, not to exceed three pages, addressing the applicant’s vision, leadership and mentoring philosophy, experience, and qualifications; and (4) names and contact information for at least four references, who will not be called without express permission. For information/questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, at Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. 

The Search Committee is chaired by Prof. Rao Govindaraju, Bowen Engineering Head of the School of Civil Engineering. Purdue University has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven Lerman, and Charles Kaler of Education Executives to assist with this search.Confidential inquiries and nominations should be sent via e-mail to:

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue’s main campus is located in West Lafayette Indiana, a rapidly-growing, welcoming, and diverse community with a wide variety of cultural activities, events, and industries. Purdue and the College of Engineering have a Concierge Program that provides dual career assistance and relocation services.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.