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Endowed Chair and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kettering University
Flint, Michigan
Salary commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jan 9, 2024

Kettering University, a private (nonprofit) coeducational institution in Flint, Michigan, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications from individuals interested in a transformational leadership opportunity as Endowed Chair and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Leading Kettering’s showcase program, the Department Head will have the opportunity to facilitate the development of a collective vision for the department as it finds its place in the contemporary landscape of mechanical engineering and bring the department into alignment with the university’s new academic focus areas: advanced mobility, new energy vehicles, intelligent manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and sustainability. Outstandingly qualified candidates will be eligible for an endowed professorship, but the position is available without the endowed professorship as well.

The next Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will have the exciting opportunity to lead the University’s flagship program at a time of innovation and transformation across the many industries it supports. Our department values industry-centered teaching, research, and experience. Strong historical ties allow us to grow with and in front of the automotive industry, and we continue to grow beyond into industries involved in Advanced Mobility, Intelligent Manufacturing, New Energy, Sustainability, and Artificial Intelligence. The overarching goal of the Department is to produce outstanding engineers who have the technical knowledge, practical experience, and business network to be industry leaders.

About Kettering

Kettering University is a unique institution with a fascinating history and a prestigious reputation because of its transformative and rigorous curriculum linked with unprecedented experiential learning opportunities. In 2019, Kettering celebrated its 100th year of success in producing many of the world’s most prominent and successful leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

No other institution in the world offers a cooperative program as robust and intentional as Kettering’s. The approach to its entire academic program is grounded in the integration of theory and practice in unprecedented and demonstrably successful strategies. Every undergraduate spends half of her, or his time engaged in experiential learning (either in a co-op setting off-campus or an applied setting on- or off-campus) and the other half of his or her time understanding the theory behind that practice and reflecting—with the guidance of faculty members—on that experiential learning experience. Kettering has long-lasting relationships with more than 400 corporate partners, providing extraordinary placements for cooperative/applied experiences for current students and an array of opportunities for post-graduate education for the employees of these corporations. These partnerships also provide numerous industry-sponsored applied research opportunities for the faculty and the students.

How to Apply

Academic Search is assisting Kettering University in this search. More information about the position, including an institutional profile that includes a leadership agenda and a full list of required and preferred qualifications is available in the ad and profile linked here.  

All interested candidates are encouraged to arrange a confidential, exploratory conversation for more information by contacting either of the Senior Consultants managing the search: Dr. Dan DiBiasio ( or Dr. Eric Richtmyer (, or by phone at 202-332-4049.

To apply, a candidate should submit: 1) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and 2) a current full CV/resume. Please send materials in an email with two separate PDF attachments to Nominations are also invited for this outstanding opportunity and may be sent to or to either of the Senior Consultants.

The position is open until filled but only applications received by February 29, 2024, can be assured full consideration by the search committee.

Kettering University, as an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Kettering University is deeply committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, disability, religion, height, weight, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions except where religion, sex, or age are bona fide job-related employment requirements.

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