Professor, Director, and Endowed Chair

Mississippi State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Engineering
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

The Director of the School will also hold the James T. White Chair in Civil & Environmental Engineering. The successful candidate must possess earned baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in civil engineering or a closely related field, have significant teaching experience, have earned at least national recognition through a distinguished record of accomplishments in civil engineering education and research, and qualify for the rank of professor. We seek a dynamic problem solver who is collegial and forward-thinking and will synergize the efforts of the faculty members for the greater good of the School. The candidate is expected to have a vision and strategic plan along with measurable goals for the School and to advance its reputation and competitiveness at regional and national levels. Requirements include (1) a significant track record of funded research at the nationally competitive level, (2) successful leadership of government and industry-funded research grants and contracts, and (3) scholarly publications. Preferences include (1) prior successful leadership and administrative experience as a department head or school or center director, and (2) a history of working with multidisciplinary teams within civil engineering and/or between disciplines as well as direct interaction with industry, and (3) a professional engineering license.

Salary Grade : UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Rula School of Civil & Environmental Engineering is one of eight academic departments in the Bagley College of Engineering. The School offers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in civil engineering with an optional concentration in environmental engineering, as well as graduate programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The School is composed of a highly diverse group of about 500 undergraduates, 100 graduate students, 10 tenure-track faculty members, 1 clinical faculty member, 2 instructors, and 4 staff members. Faculty members have developed strong teaching and research programs in all seven major areas of civil engineering: environmental engineering, construction management and materials engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. These faculty members play a vital role in several college and university research centers (see the website at Examples of major collaborating units are MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS,, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC,, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL,, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC. in Vicksburg, MS. The School is located in the newly constructed 70,000-square-foot Richard A. Rula Engineering and Science Complex, which has excellent and ample classroom and laboratory facilities including active learning technology classrooms. The School is home to several student chapters of organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chi Epsilon Honor Society (XE), Association of General Contractors (GC), Institute of Transportation Engineering (ITE), Concrete Canoe Team, Women’s Advisory Council, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Area of Specialization:

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2022

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides vision and leadership for nationally recognized education and research programs.
2. Provides leadership and mentoring to all faculty, staff, and students.
3. Responsible for overall administration of faculty and support staff activities.
4. Responsible for recruitment of a diverse community of students, faculty, and support staff.
5. Maintains and participates actively in ongoing departmental research program and seeks new areas of research funding.
6. Conducts research leading to scholarly publications.
7. Participates in fundraising activities, including solicitation of gifts for scholarships, professorships, chairs, etc.
8. Works with the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering and university administration in establishing goals and objectives for the college, department, and in meeting the university missions of teaching, research, and service.
9. Serves as a liaison with faculty, administrators, alumni, students, and community.
10. Academic responsibilities include planning, reviewing, and updating the curriculum, academic programs, and course content.
11. Personnel responsibilities include promotion and tenure, performance evaluation, and workload management.
12. Fiscal responsibilities include preparing and overseeing departmental budget and other budgets for research funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must have a Ph.D. in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related field. Must have earned national recognition by a distinguished record of accomplishments in civil engineering education and research, including evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a scholarly record of publications in archival literature, external funding, and conference presentations is required. Demonstrated administrative experience is desired. Must qualify for the rank of professor.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Vision and leadership for a nationally recognized civil and environmental engineering
education and research programs
2. Bachelor of science degree in engineering
3. A strong commitment to recruiting and developing a diverse community of faculty and
4. Demonstrated leadership in obtaining and executing research grants and contracts with
experience in both experimental and computational research
5. Knowledge and ability to conduct fund raising
6. Industrial outreach experience

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

The position is available beginning July 1, 2022, but other start dates are possible. Initial screening of candidates will begin January 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at by submitting (1) a cover letter outlining their experience and vision for the Rula School of Civil & Environmental Engineering; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of leadership and administrative philosophy; (4) a statement on multidisciplinary research leadership; (5) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (6) the names and contact information of at least five professional references. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Dr. Alex Thomasson, Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Search Committee Chair ( or 662-325-3282).

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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