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Tenured: Professor and Department Head- Department of Petroleum Engineering

Department of Petroleum Engineering
College Station, Texas
Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 11, 2023


The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of department head to begin in Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. The department head holds a full-time 11-month academic appointment as a tenured professor, with the intent of holding the endowed Stephen A. Holditch ‘69 Department Head Chair per the proper approvals. Candidates should be able to articulate and communicate a clear vision for the future of petroleum engineering education and research requirements at large public universities to a constituency that includes academia, government, industry, alumni, and students. This position requires strong leadership capabilities, and the successful candidate is expected to lead the faculty and its programs to a higher level of excellence.


Candidates must demonstrate a vision for supporting, directing, and enhancing the goals of the department. This leadership position includes opportunities for research, service and teaching as well as expanding the department’s interdisciplinary research in emerging areas.  


The Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering has consistently been ranked among the top departments in the United States at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as noted by the National Research Council and U.S. News and World Report. The outstanding faculty are globally recognized for the quality of their research and teaching and their leadership in the profession. The department has well-established laboratories, consortia, and research programs in the areas of deep-water drilling, nanotechnology, oilfield chemistry, multi-phase flow, high-resolution imaging, gas hydrates, enhanced oil recovery, reservoir simulation, integrated reservoir characterization, unconventional resources, geothermal energy, data analytics, and hydrogen & carbon storage. In addition, the department is the world’s leading academic program in resource evaluation, regulation, and disclosure. The department houses the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research, which collaborates with the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems in the Department of Geology & Geophysics. The department has 36 faculty members and over 430 students at its College Station campus. Applicants should consult the department’s website to review its academic and research programs (



Applicants should have an earned doctorate in an engineering or science discipline closely related to petroleum engineering and have a proven record of scholarly achievement and administrative leadership in academia, industry, or government. Although a terminal degree is not required, the selected candidate should be able to be tenured upon hire. The position requires dedication to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and commitment to faculty and students.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a personal statement to include statements for research, teaching, and service, and supply four references (including email addresses) by applying for this specific position at Applicants should also submit a three-page statement summarizing his/her personal vision and goals for the Department of Petroleum Engineering’s education and research, as well as his/her philosophy of academic leadership for achieving those goals. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Full consideration will be given to applications received prior to November 1, 2023. It is anticipated that the appointment will begin in Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. 


Job Contact: 

Dr. Scott Schaefer, Petroleum Engineering Department Head Search Committee Chair, Texas A&M University,

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