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.
Please see Staff Compensation Structure
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.
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 http://www.cee.msstate.edu).
Examples of major collaborating units are MSU’s Center for Advanced
Vehicular Systems (CAVS, https://www.cavs.msstate.edu/), National
Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC,
https://www.nsparc.msstate.edu/), Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
(RFRL, https://www.raspet.msstate.edu/), and the U.S. Army Engineer
Research and Development Center (ERDC.
https://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/) 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
3. Responsible for overall administration of faculty and support
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
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.
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
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Vision and leadership for a nationally recognized civil and
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: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
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 www.msujobs.msstate.edu 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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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