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Open-Rank Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Catalysts for Sustainability Program - Department

Rowan University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 26, 2023

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Rowan University

Open-Rank Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Catalysts for Sustainability Program, Department of Chemical Engineering

Position Description:

Rowan University’s newly launched Catalysts for Sustainability program seeks to hire new faculty to develop, advance, communicate and catalyze solutions to humanity’s most pressing existential threats posed by the climate and biodiversity crises. The university-wide cohort will lead and collaborate across colleges, disciplines, and communities, catalyzing new initiatives in sustainability research, advocacy, and education while leveraging existing strengths. This project builds upon Rowan University’s strategic pillars (access, affordability, quality, and serving as an economic engine) and furthers our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise related to the climate and biodiversity crises in one or more of the following areas: environmental justice; education and public engagement including storytelling; public policy and advocacy; discipline-specific sustainability scholarship; and sustainability practice. Successful candidates will address the heart of the concerns of equity, environmental sustainability, and social justice. Specifically for Chemical Engineering, we are seeking candidates in the broad area related to Sustainability, including materials and processes, experimentation and computation, from molecular to systems approaches, and applications in energy and the environment.

As part of this Strategic Initiative of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University to invest in the broad area of Sustainability, the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rowan invites applicants with such expertise for a tenure-track or tenured position at the assistant, associate, or full Professor levels. This position will provide collaborative opportunities with multidisciplinary researchers in pursuing sustainability solutions and policies. We seek an outstanding individual with a strong potential or proven record for excellence in research, in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and in promoting a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Senior level candidates with exceptional achievements and demonstrated impact will have the opportunity to be considered for the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering Foundation Professorship.

Candidates working towards solutions to the climate and/or biodiversity crises will be considered. The areas of expertise include but are not limited to the following: systems and industrial engineering that enhances sustainability; advanced green manufacturing processes; methods for greenhouse gas reduction or sequestration; renewable energy; sustainable materials, sustainable food systems; and habitat restoration in the service of conservation biology. The candidate is expected to spur cross-disciplinary collaboration and also develop new masters and doctoral courses. This position is seeking dedicated agents of change, and a willingness to work with government agencies, NGOs, and industries to address the climate and biodiversity crisis. The successful candidate will be a dedicated and skilled communicator, willing to share their insights with the public, through many forms of media.

Rowan Chemical Engineering is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate program that provides students with an integrated and immersive learning experience. Unique to this experience are year-long Engineering Clinics that provide opportunities for undergraduate students hands-on projects to solve technical and research problems, for graduate students to mentor undergraduate student teams, and for faculty to collaborate with industry and agencies on research. Research by our faculty are in the broad areas of advanced manufacturing, energy and the environment, pharmaceutical processing, polymer composites and thin films, process systems engineering, sustainable materials, and water treatment. Our department faculty leads the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Institute (AMMI) that serves as the collaborative nexus, bringing together multidisciplinary Rowan researchers and stakeholders in the search for globally sustainable materials solutions. The AMMI together with our department house state-of-the-art materials processing and characterization facilities.

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A national leader in engineering education, the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering was founded in 1995 and quickly gained national recognition for its innovative multidisciplinary, project-based approach to engineering education. In 2013, the State of New Jersey designated Rowan University a comprehensive research university, and in 2017 our University was recognized as a Carnegie-classified research institution. During that period, Rowan Engineering doubled both its full-time faculty and student population and started the engineering PhD programs. In 2017, we opened the doors of Engineering Hall and completed a full renovation of our original home, Rowan Hall. These projects tripled our available space and provided the College with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. We currently enroll over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students.

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The successful candidate will:
  • Have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related field (by September 1, 2024).
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have a strong record of scholarly achievement.
  • Develop a team with student and faculty collaborators and engage in high-impact practices such as student-faculty research and engagement in interdisciplinary initiatives and outreach.
Application Process:

Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter outlining suitability for the role; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a description of their research agenda (including potential funding opportunities); 4) a statement on teaching philosophy (including discussion of the candidate’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and efforts to grow the audience for environmental education); 5) a statement on effective environmental outreach (including discussion of the candidate’s past environmental outreach efforts); and 6) contact information for at least three professional references.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with applications received by November 1, 2023 given priority consideration, for a start date of September 1, 2024.

University Information:

A top 100 national public research institution, Rowan University offers bachelor’s through doctoral and professional programs in person and online to 22,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden and Stratford, and five others. Rowan University is home to eight colleges and nine schools. For more information on these colleges, please click here .

Now celebrating its Centennial, Rowan focuses on practical research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, science, and business while ensuring excellence in undergraduate education. The University has earned national recognition for innovation, commitment to high-quality and affordable education, and developing public-private partnerships. A Carnegie-classified R2 (high research activity) institution, Rowan has been recognized as the fourth fastest-growing public research university, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Rowan University celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, (dis)ability status, military status, and other NJ protected classes. Rowan University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment as required by Title IX. Rowan is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with (dis)abilities.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

Advertised: Sep 26 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


Rowan University

Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher preparation college to a public research institution ranked among the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Today, Rowan University offers bachelor through doctoral degrees and professional certificates in person and online to 22,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden, Stratford, and Sewell, and on the campuses of partner community colleges. 

Rowan focuses on practical research at the intersection of engineering, medicine, science, and business while ensuring excellence in undergraduate education. The University has earned national recognition for innovation; commitme

Rowan University will become a new model for higher education by being inclusiveagile, and responsive, offering diverse scholarly and creative educational experiences, pathways, environments, and services to meet the needs of all students; maintaining agility by strategically delivering organizational capacity across the institution; and responding to emerging demands and opportunities regionally and nationally.nt to high-quality, affordable education; and the development of public-private partnerships. A Carnegie-classified R2 (high research activity) institution, Rowan is the nation’s third fastest-growing public research university, as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

As a leading employer in southern New Jersey with over 3,500 employees, Rowan offers comprehensive and competitive employment. 

A dynamic institution in the midst of unprecedented growth, Rowan offers faculty small classes, strong academic programs and ample research and leadership opportunities.

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