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J. Steven Whisler Endowed Professor of Practice in Mining Engineering (Open to Current Mines

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 31, 2023

Position Title

J. Steven Whisler Endowed Professor of Practice in Mining Engineering

The Opportunity

The Department of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is seeking applicants for the J. Steven Whisler Endowed Professor of Practice in Mining Engineering. This endowed position was recently established as part of a $7.5M gift from Steve and Ardy Whisler that also established the J. Steven Whisler Chair for the Head of Mining Engineering and the J. Steven Whisler Scholars Program.

We seek to hire a faculty member with significant industry experience, who can teach courses in-person and on-line, build industry-Mines connections, and lead new forward-looking strategic initiatives that are critical to the future of the mining industry and that enhance the reputation of our #1 world-ranked mining engineering program (e.g., our pan-university Global Energy Future Initiative).

The successful candidate will have practical and international experiences in the mining and minerals industry in technical, operational, and management capacities in one or more of the following fields: surface mining, underground mining, rock mechanics, ventilation, mine plant design, mine design and mineral economics, mine valuation, mine operation, mine management. Additional expertise in one or more of the following fields that integrate with existing department strengths will be an asset and will be viewed favorably: mine automation, robotics, big data, data visualization, machine learning, artificial intelligence, simulation, integration software, space mining sustainable development, artisanal and small-scale mining, supply chain security, critical minerals, ESG, and tailings and mine waste.

Successful candidates will share our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society, by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders, and by sharing their experiences with our students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Develop and deliver courses to undergraduate and graduate students in classroom and virtual settings, demonstrating teaching excellence.
  • Participate in external and international programs including short courses, workshops, and related engagements.
  • Lead new forward-looking strategic initiatives that are critical to the future of the mining industry and that enhance the reputation of our #1 world-ranked mining engineering program.
  • Lead the departmental external relations program with alumni and industry, including outreach, recruiting, and marketing as appropriate.
  • Supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as needed in the capacity of committee member or advisor.
  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through recruiting, mentorship, alliance, and service.

Minimum Qualifications
  • BSc. in Mining/Minerals Engineering or a related field from an accredited program.
  • More than twenty years of experience with a track record of accomplishments in operation, design, or management directly in the mining/minerals industries.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Current Mines employee

Preferred Qualifications

The following items will be considered a plus for any applicants, along with other qualifications indicated in the above list:
  • An MBA, MSc. or PhD. in Mining/Minerals Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience in the development of training and education materials and participation in similar activities.
  • Possess a strong network of mining industry professionals and Mines alumni.
  • A demonstrated record of engagement in professional organizations including publications in trade journals and conference proceedings.
Department Description

Colorado School of Mines has been ranked the #1 Mineral and Mining Engineering Program in the world by QS World University Rankings (2016-2021). The Mining Engineering Department currently has 11 tenured/tenure track faculty spanning mining, mineral processing, metallurgical and civil engineering, geology, and anthropology disciplines, 3 Professors of Practice (two full-time, and one half-time), 4 research faculty, 5 research associates, 6 technical staff, 85 undergraduates, and about 50 graduate students. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Mining Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering, Earth Resources Development and Engineering, and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering, as well as our new online Professional Master’s degree in Mining Engineering and Management. We also offer minors in mining engineering, explosive engineering, space mining, and underground construction and tunneling. The department is to add minor and graduate degrees in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy in the near future.

The Department is also the home for the Edgar Experimental Mine and the Explosives Research Laboratory at the Idaho Springs campus of the Colorado School of Mines, and the Earth Mechanics Institute on the Golden campus. The Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety (EMCIS) training and outreach program also resides in the department. Other resources include state-of-the-art laboratories for mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, equipment for field studies and summer field camp, the Mintec Computer Laboratory for modeling, and a new laboratory for Virtual Reality and Visualization. For more information about the Department of Mining Engineering, visit .

About Mines & Golden, CO

Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. A sunny, high-altitude climate with outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

Mines is offering an academic year salary of $100,700 - $105,800

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards
Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading-edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits .
How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veteran status) and the below-listed documents. References will not be contacted until later in the selection process.
  • A letter of interest that indicates your areas of interest and expertise;
  • A statement of teaching experience and interests, including a description of any experience you have in online education (1-2 pages);
  • A brief statement on diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (for more information visit ); (1-2 pages)
  • A curriculum vitae.
Teaching Statement: As part of our Mines@150 vision, inducing the signature student experience in education, Mines is committed to high quality, hands-on and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education. 

For further information, please contact Dorie Chen in Human Resources at , or reach out to Jamal Rostami, in Mining Engineering Dept. with technical questions at .
Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Jan 31, 2023 Mountain Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 4, 2023 11:55 PM Mountain Standard Time

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