Chair of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Merrimack College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Merrimack College is a selective, private college in a beautiful, residential setting — just minutes from Boston, Massachusetts.

Position Overview
The School of Science and Engineering invites applications for the Founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The Department seeks an entrepreneurial leader that can realize our vision of having a cross-collaborative culture in the electromechanical fields and a strong presence in the region for high-quality teaching and impactful and externally funded research.

Position Summary
The Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering is a newly formed department within the School to leverage our existing programs and expertise in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering. The Department’s goal is to launch an electromechanical engineering program with an anticipated fall 2023 launch date.

Merrimack’s School of Science and Engineering programs have a history of providing exceptional undergraduate education. The College is interested in enhancing that identity while increasing its research capacity. Consequently, we are interested in expanding our graduate portfolio within the Department, which currently includes an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Product Management.

The School currently enrolls 633 undergraduate and 100 graduate students with 56 full-time faculty, 26 part-time faculty, and 13 staff members. Moreover, we anticipate significant growth in the student body after institutional investments that will expand the engineering footprint on campus by 50,000 sq. ft. Other investments over the next few years include new academic programming, increased personnel, and procurement of additional laboratory resources.

Merrimack College is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Primary Responsibilities:
The Founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering must be a bold and visionary leader who can see beyond individual disciplines yet understand the various areas within each program. Overall, the Founding Department Chair will provide administrative leadership in:
  • Carry out long-term strategic planning efforts within the School and the Department.
  • Manage the daily operation of the Department and its associated programs.
  • Mentor, supervise, and support faculty and staff members.
  • Oversee the educational quality of the programs.
  • Develop and improve the curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Support faculty research efforts and initiatives by fostering interdisciplinary and industry collaborations and providing resources.
  • Support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Manage the operational budget.
  • Execute assessment and evaluation strategy to maintain ABET accreditation.
  • Plan the academic schedule for each program.
  • Coordinate and engage with the program-level advisory boards.
  • Teach courses in related areas at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The candidate, at a minimum, will have the following qualifications: a Ph.D. in computer, electrical, mechanical engineering, or closely related engineering discipline; and an established record of teaching, research, and service that qualifies for a tenured Associate Professor or Professor appointment. Strong verbal/written communication skills are essential. Additionally, the ability to foster an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion is expected of all Merrimack community members.

School of Science and Engineering
The School of Science and Engineering is dedicated to providing students with the foundation for a high-quality STEM education. The School is composed of a talented and dedicated team of faculty and staff preparing students for impactful careers. The School opened a new Engineering Innovation Center in fall 2022 to fuel collaboration, hands-on learning, and research.

Review of applications will begin immediately, with full consideration granted to those applications received by October 19, 2022. Subsequent review will continue on a rolling basis until qualified/suitable candidates are identified. Application materials should include the following:
  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Vision statement for the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Leadership Philosophy and Values Statement (limit to one page)
  • Statement addressing past or potential contributions to advancing diversity/equity and how to incorporate inclusive excellence into teaching and scholarship (limit to one page)
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check
Required Vaccinations & Remote Work
This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community. Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue. Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and Girard school of business. The college’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the most innovative schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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