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Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering

University of Texas at Arlington
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Nov 30, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering
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Search for the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering
The University of Texas at Arlington, College of Engineering
Arlington, TX

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) invites nominations and applications for the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. This presents an exciting opportunity to join UTA at a pivotal time, as the University pursues ambitious goals under the leadership of President Jennifer Cowley and Provost Tamara L. Brown.

Over the last few decades, UTA has experienced remarkable growth, with a student enrollment exceeding 41,000, nearly 4,000 faculty and staff members, and research expenditures reaching $125 million in 2022. One of only 19 universities in the United States with both a Carnegie Research-1 status and Hispanic-Serving Institution designation, UTA stands out as a model for the 21st-century urban research university. Situated in the vibrant Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, UTA offers abundant opportunities for industry partnerships due to its proximity to a high concentration of corporate headquarters. Guided by the new Recruiting Innovative Scholars for Excellence (RISE) 100 Initiative, the University aims to amplify its research success and strives to secure membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

The College of Engineering, established in 1959, plays a pivotal role in UTA's growth. Offering 12 baccalaureate, 13 master's, and nine doctoral degree programs, the College is a powerhouse with nearly 10,000 students and 217 faculty, including three National Academy of Engineering members, 13 National Academy of Inventors fellows, and ten current NSF CAREER winners. In 2022, the College's annual research expenditures exceeded $47.2 million, contributing over a third of the University's total research funding. The Department of Electrical Engineering, integral to the College's success, demonstrates its commitment to academic excellence through increased research productivity and innovative program development, including the launch of a first-of-its-kind bachelor's degree in Resource and Energy Engineering in the fall of 2023.

Joining the College of Engineering at a time of growth, the next Chair will have the opportunity to inspire and lead the Department of Electrical Engineering into the next phase of excellence. Reporting to the Dean, the Chair will be an experienced leader with a strong record of scholarship, a dedication to high-quality teaching and research, and a forward-thinking vision that reflects the needs of faculty, staff, students, and the region. Qualified candidates for this role will be considered for the Alfred R. and Janet H. Potvin Chair in Electrical Engineering.

The Chair will be expected to address the following key opportunities and challenges:
  • Chart a vision for the Department's continuous growth and distinction
  • Elevate research excellence in alignment with UTA's ambition
  • Cultivate a collaborative, transparent, and supportive culture
  • Increase graduate enrollment and enhance student success
  • Strengthen industry connections for regional impact

    Located in the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the city of Arlington is a locus of progress between Dallas and Fort Worth in a region that is home to more than 7.6 million residents. The city's central location offers excellent cultural, recreation and entertainment opportunities, and is home to three professional sports teams: the 2023 World Series champion Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Dallas Wings. The DFW area boasts a vibrant music scene, with the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium regularly hosting concerts and other major events. The city provides easy access to two major airports, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.

    UT Arlington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

    Cati Mitchell-Crossley, Phuong Ta, Luciano Zuniga, and Kati O'Hearn
    Isaacson, Miller
    1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    UTA is an equal employment and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


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