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Assoc/Full Professor & Director: Institute for Engineering in Medicine, Health, & Human Performance

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Jan 11, 2024

Job Details

The Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks an experienced, accomplished, and visionary leader to serve as the inaugural Director of a newly Institute for Engineering in Medicine, Health, and Human Performance (EnMed) starting Fall 2024. This will be a 10-month tenure track/tenured faculty appointment at the Associate or Full professor rank. This position is open to candidates from all engineering disciplines in any of the academic departments in the BCET. The appointment will be in one of the five BCET departments depending on the selected candidate’s background and expertise.

The primary responsibility of the Institute Director is to provide strategic leadership for the institute to realize its vision and mission in alignment with the BCET’s Strategic Plan “Focus on the Future”. The Director will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their field. The inaugural Director will work collaboratively with the institute faculty to:

  • Establish effective strategic goals and develop a robust strategic plan for enhancing the quality, quantity, and impact of the sponsored research activities;
  • Encourage the institute faculty to seek convergent research opportunities that deepen the integration of engineering solutions into the medical and healthcare innovation ecosystem, particularly in the Hampton Roads region;
    Oversee and coordinate the research activities and foster a culture of innovation within the institute;
  • Identify strengths, gaps, needs, and sustained growth opportunities;
  • Promote excellent research through synergistic interdisciplinary collaboration among the institute faculty and other faculty in the college, across campus and faculty affiliated with the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS);
  • Cultivate relationships and develop partnerships with other universities, government, industry, and funding agencies;
  • Create new and improve existing interdisciplinary engineering academic programs relevant to the institute mission (e.g. Biomedical Engineering);
  • Communicate research impact and represent the institute to the public and stakeholders; and
  • Advise the Dean on all matters relating to the Institute and its mission.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in an engineering field relevant to the Institute’s core area of research;
  2. Be eligible for a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in one of the departments in the BCET; and
  3. Be a recognized expert with extensive research experience in a field directly related to the mission of EnMed as demonstrated by a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments, peer-reviewed publications, external research funding, and contributions in the field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Possess strong leadership, administrative, and communication skills;
  • Are able to develop and articulate a vision for advancing the mission of the institute through partnerships with industry and the government;
  • Have prior leadership experience in leading large grants or in academic leadership roles such as department chair and director of research centers; and/or
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to shared governance practices, transparency, consensus building, collaborative leadership values, and diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.

About the Institute:

The EnMed institute brings together faculty and students across the College who have mutual interests in the application of engineering concepts and tools to positively impact patient outcomes and human performance in the local Hampton Roads community, the State of Virginia, and beyond. As an interdisciplinary home for biomedical research, EnMed is founded on unique academic, industrial, and military footprints at ODU and in Hampton Roads. In its unique mission, the EnMed Institute differentiates itself from other biomedical research institutes through its holistic perspective of engineering within human health and wellness. The vision of EnMed is to be recognized as a leader of innovation and discovery in interdisciplinary research that prepares a talent pool of future biomedical engineers.

The EnMed Institute will leverage the pioneering innovations by faculty, ODU research centers such as the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and the Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC), symbiotic collaborations with the military, space, and nuclear physics communities, and ODU’s historic footprint in computer simulation. The EnMed institute is also poised to bridge the BCET with Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), effectively utilizing the upcoming merger of EVMS and ODU. The future of EnMed lies in its unique and unparalleled commitment to revolutionizing therapies and diagnostics, computer-assisted medicine, and biomechanics. Moreover, EnMed supports the education and mentoring of the next generation of engineers, academics and entrepreneurs, in lockstep with emerging trends in the field while championing diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit materials at and attach the following with their online application:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of research leadership and a vision for the institute;
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts; and
  5. Contact information for four references.

All materials will be considered in full confidence. Applications should be submitted by February 2, 2024 for full consideration, and the position will remain open until it is filled.

About ODU: Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia’s forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 23,000 students, a top R1 research ranking, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia's forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 23,000 students, a top R1 research ranking, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.

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