Head, Department of Civil and Systems Engineering

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2021

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The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Civil & Systems Engineering (CaSE). This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished scholar to collaborate with a growing faculty and an enterprising dean to lead a collegial and innovative department at the nation’s first research university. Serving a renewable five-year term, the Head will be appointed in CaSE, with secondary appointment(s) possible elsewhere, and will be encouraged to remain active in research, with strategic leadership of the Department as their top priority.

CaSE faculty have identified a set of Grand Societal Challenges to drive innovation in research and education: Resilient Cities, Space Exploration and Habitation, Decision-Making and Health, Human Safety & Security, and Future Energy Infrastructure. A shorthand term for the spirit that motivates CaSE is “civilization engineered.” These challenges, along with an updated curriculum, evolved name for the Department, and initiatives aligned with research institutes at the University all grew out of a recently completed faculty-centered strategic planning process . Within the department, the faculty address these goals with a shared passion for computationally based, multi-disciplinary solutions across three overlapping domains and scales: systems, structures, and mechanics of materials.

The new Head will be a proven, entrepreneurial leader with the vision and organizational skills to advance CaSE’s distinctive approach to its fields and will have a track record of impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion that will build on the Whiting School’s commitment to these values. The Head will continue to position the Department as a center of innovation in research, teaching, and translation, and to advocate for CaSE initiatives, faculty, and students to the University’s senior administration.


Qualified candidates for the Head position will be able to articulate and document their commitment to and advancement of institutional goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Head will have a track record of distinguished scholarship and teaching, a passionate commitment to research, discovery, and application, and an interest in and success at administration. Some experience in fundraising beyond research grants is preferred but not required.

Candidates will possess an earned doctorate in a field represented in CaSE and a scholarly record deserving appointment as tenured full professor at The Johns Hopkins University.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience in and vision for research, education, and academic leadership; their CV; and a statement describing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Review of credentials will begin in December, 2021 and will continue until the appointment is finalized. Every effort will be made to ensure candidate confidentiality.

The Whiting School of Engineering has engaged Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support the recruitment of the CaSE Department Head. Please send application materials, nominations, and inquiries to : jeffrey.stafford@opuspartners.net

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