Director of the Wehrle Global Supply Chain Lab - Incubator, Global Supply Chain Management (B&E)

West Virginia University
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Other Business & Management, Education, Other Education, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time

The department of Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) in the John Chambers College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for a Director of the Wehrle Global Supply Chain Lab beginning in the Spring semester of 2022 semester 2022.

The primary areas of responsibility are service (70%) teaching (20%) and research (10%). These courses would be across undergraduate and graduate courses (face-to-face, online, or hybrid).

West Virginia University (and The John Chambers College of Business and Economics) is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Qualifications :

The ideal candidate has attained a graduate degree in business or engineering in the area of data science or the closely related fields of operations management, supply chain management industrial engineering or computer science. A Ph.D. in these areas is preferred.

Candidates must demonstrate strong communication skills and an ability to engage with senior management from a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote the activities and the mission of the Lab. All candidates must have a portfolio or demonstrate and ability to develop virtual reality and augmented reality (AR/VR) content that can complement the GSCM curricula in the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs, which will include both certifications as well as executive education.

The primary responsibility of the Lab Director will include working as part of the GSCM faculty to achieve the mission and vision of the Wehrle Global Supply Chain Lab and thereby enhance the educational, service and research efforts of the GSCM program in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at WVU. To achieve the mission and vision the Lab Director’s duties will include but not be limited to the following activities:
  • Partner with GSCM faculty to develop and maintain strategic partnerships with software and hardware vendors to ensure lab assets remain at the cutting edge and covered by in-kind gifts as well as consulting projects and continuing education programs.
  • Work with faculty to develop programmatic content for the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education.
  • Work with GSCM and faculty from across campus including engineering and health sciences to develop cross-disciplinary, novel, impactful course content, and; engage in service learning and research projects.
  • Work independently or with GSCM and other WVU faculty to engage with firms and organizations in the state, region, nationally and internationally to solicit and work on research projects, service-learning projects and consulting projects to help.
  • As the subject matter expert on data science and “big data” the lab director should be available to teach a course on data science or operations either in the online or in the residential graduate, undergraduate or continuing education programs.
  • Perform some service duties in student recruitment, student retention, program development and student placement.
Candidates are preferred to have expertise in data analytics particularly working with big data in open source applications or industry experience in supply chain management focused on data science or operations working with “big data” in an Industry 4.0, digitally-enabled supply chain environment. A proficiency or familiarity with computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is a plus. The ideal candidate has some management experience in roles such as senior data scientist or senior operations manager. However, candidates with lesser experience will be vetted on the basis of their proficiency and expertise in the skills being sought. College teaching experience is a plus.

As part of the lab focus on the digitally enabled supply chain to support Industry 4.0 the lab programmatic content will include AR/VR and additive manufacturing facilities. Example activities include but are not restricted to:
  • design and build appropriate AR/VR environments for the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education program content.
  • use CAD/CAM software and additive manufacturing equipment to prototype items to enhance learning in the classroom or to demonstrate proof-of-concept on research and consulting projects.
The selected candidate is expected to contribute to the mission of the program in the areas of research, teaching, and service, whilst also supporting programmatic growth and aspirational goals such as, elevating the stature of the program. West Virginia University (and The John Chambers College of Business and Economics) is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Electronic submissions of application with supporting credentials must be submitted through the WVU Faculty Jobs Board, WVUHire at Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the following items electronically: (1) a letter of interest explaining their qualifications for the position or cover letter, (2) a curriculum vita or resume, (3) copy of all university level course transcripts, and (4) the names and contact information for three references.

General inquiries may be directed to John Saldanha, Chair of the Search Committee at

At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at .

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Key Words - 3D printing , AR/VR or XR , Artificial Intelligence , Big Data, CAD/CAM, Computer science engineering , Industrial Engineering , Machine Learning

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