Lamar University Chair of Mechanical
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to
assist Lamar University in their search for Chair of Mechanical
For best consideration, please apply by February 8,
As a result of three retirements and two internal promotions,
the College of Engineering at Lamar University is hiring five Chair
positions in the following areas: Chemical & Biomolecular;
Civil & Environmental; Electrical; Industrial & Systems;
This is an exceptional opportunity and transformational time to
join a financially sound University and College enjoying strong
state funding, rich local resources with unlimited industry
partnerships, community support, and alumni involvement in a
University with top down support by President Jaime R. Taylor
who brings a PhD in Engineering Science and intimate knowledge of
the potential held by the College of Engineering.
Lamar University’s College of Engineering offers a modern,
affordable education deep in the heart of one of the most
economically important regions in the world. The College is ranked
first in the state and third nationwide for return on investment
for engineering majors out of more than 500 US colleges along with
additional national recognition across all departments. Faculty
members continually receive state and national recognition in
professional excellence as well as secure funding.
Lamar University, a national Carnegie Doctoral Research
university and part of the Texas State University System, is filled
with inspired and inspiring students and faculty alike who make
lifelong impacts in their surrounding communities.
The successful candidate is student focused and through strong
industry partnerships and collaboration is committed to grow
student investment and enrollment and produce job-ready graduates.
The next Chair is a strong promoter of research and faculty
development. Exceptional candidates may also be considered for an
endowed chair/distinguished professor position. Qualification for
this distinguished professorship/endowed chair will be evaluated
every three years based on goals, achievements, and leadership.
Research expenditures average $1.5 million annually with
projects associated with the Center for Resiliency; Texas Air
Research Center; Texas Hazardous Waste Center; Center for Midstream
Management and Science and the Center for Advances in Port
Management. Research funding sources include the National Science
Foundation; National Academies of Sciences; Engineering and
Medicine; the State of Texas; the port and terminal; and industry,
engineering and manufacturing companies in the Southeast Texas
area. Lamar University is also leading the Southeast Texas Flood
Coordination Study which is a partnership of local, state, federal
government, industry, and universities looking to mitigate the
effects of flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast. Their recently
completed, state of the art Emerson Advanced Technology Center –
the result of an over $2.1 million investment in Lamar’s training
capabilities – allows students to learn control system fundamentals
to cutting edge control system technologies in a safe and
Located near The Sabine-Neches Waterway (home of The Port of
Beaumont, Port of Port Arthur, Port of Orange and lined with
privately owned marine terminals) - a key transportation hub and
major economic driver in the state of Texas, with more than 66,000
direct, indirect, induced and related user jobs – as well as 75
petrochemical sites within a 25-mile radius, engineering students
are geographically well-resourced to immediately locate important,
deeply rewarding engineering jobs upon graduation in the Southeast
Texas area. The surrounding community of Beaumont offers incredible
affordability and vibrant lifestyle opportunities – a cosmopolitan
city on the gulf coast, with a bustling restaurant scene, warm
winter months, and beautiful coastlines – makes this a premier,
life changing experience for any up-and-coming engineer or
Lamar University, a public, Carnegie Doctoral Research
University, is seeking a Department Chair to lead the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Exceptional candidates may also be considered for and endowed
chair/distinguished professor position. Qualification for this
distinguished professorship/endowed chair will be evaluated every
three years based on goals, achievements, and leadership.
Lamar University (LU), a member of the Texas State University
System, has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade,
with an enrollment of 17,000. LU has been recognized nationally for
its general education core curriculum, leadership in online
education, and selection as a member of the Honor Roll of the
Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work
LU is located in Beaumont, in the southeastern region of Texas
on the Texas Gulf Coast and is a major contributor to the nation’s
oil and gas, transportation, refining and supply. LU College of
Engineering (COE) is affiliated with six research centers,
including the Center for Resiliency (CfR), Center for Advances in Port
Management (CAPM), Center of Midstream Management and Science
(CMMS), Center for Advances in Water and Air
Quality (CAWAQ), Texas Air Research Center
(TARC), and the Texas Hazardous Waste Research
The LUCOE offers a modern, affordable education deep in the
heart of one of the most economically important regions in the
world. Seventy-five petrochemical facilities are located within a
20-mile radius of Lamar University’s beautiful campus. The LUCOE is
consistently ranked in the top five nationally for higher education
value and return on investment. Our six research centers offer a
tremendous amount of support to the College of Engineering’s
faculty and students.
The LUCOE has a longstanding history of providing a high value,
student-centric education and collaboration with industry. The
LUCOE is embarking on an exciting journey of growth and enhanced
partnerships with industry, while continuing to enrich our
student-centric world class education. The opportunity for the
LUCOE to hire five world class leaders to serve as department
chairs for all five of LUCOE’s engineering departments provides
successful candidates an amazing transformative opportunity.
Position Summary/Basic Function
Lamar University invites applicants for a full-time, tenured
faculty position (essential that the successful candidate will be
able receive tenure at Lamar University) at the Associate/Full
Professor level in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a bachelor of
science in mechanical engineering, master of engineering in
mechanical engineering, master of engineering science in mechanical
engineering, and a doctor of engineering in mechanical engineering.
The bachelor's program in mechanical engineering is accredited by
the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/. The department has
approximately 450 students and 8 faculty.
The department chair will represent and advocate for all
departmental faculty, staff, students and programs; manage
departmental personnel, budget and resources; oversee program
reviews; evaluate faculty and staff; oversee course schedule
building process, lead departmental recruiting and retention
efforts; develop new academic programs; assist in
building/strengthening industry partnership; and provide leadership
in the university, state, and region, thus promoting excellence in
Mechanical Engineering at the undergraduate and graduate
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Lead the department’s domestic
and international student recruiting and retention efforts at the
undergraduate and graduate levels.
2. Provide leadership for all
departmental programs and ensure that curriculum, instruction,
assessment, and research are innovative, of the highest quality,
aligned with college and university strategic plans, and ABET and
3. Modernize the curriculum and
methods of course delivery. Develop certificates at the
undergraduate and graduate levels within the department and through
collaboration with other departments within the college of
4. Serve as a leader in
departmental and collaborative governmental and industry funded
5. Oversee departmental
administration including scheduling and staffing courses,
administering the budget, overseeing staff, and the day-to-day
operations of the department.
6. Provide leadership and
effective representation for the department at the college and
university levels, including establishment and implementation of
college and university policies, procedures, and guidelines.
7. Foster effective, mutually
beneficial relationships with local, state, and national agencies,
as well other constituencies relevant to programs represented in
8. Facilitate faculty development
and collaboration and engage in meaningful evaluation of
Minimum Required Qualifications and
1. Earned terminal degree in
mechanical engineering or equivalent.
2. Demonstrated experience to be
appointed to the academic rank of Associate/Full Professor with
3. Excellent written and oral
4. Demonstrated effective
5. Demonstrated experience with
ABET and SACS accreditation processes.
6. Demonstrated ability to work
effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty from
7. Success securing and mentoring
8. Demonstrated experience in
recruiting and retention.
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the requirements
listed above and one or more of the following:
1. Experience in higher education
as a department chair, program coordinator or comparable leadership
2. Experience developing new
academic programs and certificates, etc.
3. Experience in online
4. Experience evaluating and
mentoring faculty and managing other personnel.
5. Experience serving as an ABET
6. Experience in
industry/university partnership development and operations.
7. Be a licensed Professional
Qualifications to be Considered for an Endowed Chair
Endowed chair candidates are expected to have an established
record of outstanding intellectual achievement in research and
education, as measured by scholarly activity, an international
professional reputation, and a demonstrated ability for
Expectations of an Endowed Chair
The endowed chair holder is expected to continue their
outstanding scholarly activity. This may include scholarship in
discovery, integration, application, or teaching.
Evaluation criteria include impact and contribution to the
holder’s department, the profession, and society at large.
The endowed chair holder is expected to:
1. Provide leadership and impact,
on an ongoing basis, throughout his or her term as an endowed chair
2. Examples of this leadership
include, but are not limited to:
a. Developing and executing a high
impact research agenda
b. Developing multi-investigator
programs and multi-disciplinary laboratories
c. Developing innovative
educational programs and curricula, fostering collaborations across
the College, University, academic field, and industry
d. The recruitment and supervision
of high-quality graduate and undergraduate students
e. The recruitment and mentoring
of new faculty members
f. Outreach to the broader
Through these tasks, the holder will build and/or enhance the
reputation of the department, the College, and the University.
The endowed position holder is also expected to interact fully
with other faculty members, maintain a teaching load involving both
undergraduate and graduate courses, and responsibilities for
student supervision and committee assignments. The endowed chair
holder’s activities, teaching load, departmental leadership, and
other assignments will be reviewed annually with the dean, subject
to departmental, college and university policy and existing
agreements. The endowed chair position performance will be formally
reviewed every three years subject to university policy.
About the University
Home to more than 17,000 students, Lamar University is among the
fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. Lamar University
(LU) is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the
first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest
average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With
more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar
students are always proud to be Cardinals.
The university stresses academic achievement by emphasizing
hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for
undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program.
Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one of 29 public
universities recognized as a Doctoral/Research University by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Several LU
colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications
and accreditations recognizing their quality and expertise.
Lamar University ranks in top 10
best public universities in Texas.
For additional information about Lamar University, College of
Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering please
visit: https://www.lamar.edu/, https://www.lamar.edu/engineering/index.html and
About the College of
The College of Engineering has five academic departments:
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems
Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Bachelors, Masters, and
doctoral degrees are offered in each of the five departments.
College of Engineering (LUCOE) students have numerous employment
opportunities during and after graduation through the co-op and
internship program. With 46 full-time faculty members, 1,313
undergraduate students, 227 masters’ students and 70 doctoral
students, LUCOE remains steadfast in their commitment to students
who may have difficulties in the recovering job market. All 15
masters’ degree options in the LUCOE now offer 4+1 pathways, and
there are six new certificates that students can take as part of
their degree program or as a standalone certificate for nondegree
seeking students. More information about the 4+1s and the
certificates can be found at Degrees and Programs. Lamar
University recently created the Center for Resiliency (CfR) that
will serve the State of Texas by establishing a networking center
and data collaborative for multi-disaster resiliency in alignment
with the Lamar University vision of leadership in quality
educational opportunities, community engagement, economic impact,
and accessibility. The College of Engineering offers the
opportunities and attention of a private university, at the expense
of a public institution with the motto of "Imagine it. Design it.
Build it. Improve it."
Living in the Area
With a population of over 115,000 in Beaumont and 409,000 in the
Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan area, the region boasts a lower
cost of living than the national average and most cities in the
state. The area’s destiny changed course dramatically in 1901 when
the first oil well blew in the nearby Spindletop field and turned
the area from a quiet lumber and port town into a thriving oil and
gas economy, with one of the largest concentrations of oil
refineries, oil, and petrochemical-related businesses in the state.
This has given way to countless job opportunities in the area – for
science, research, engineering, and higher education. Living in
Beaumont has a cosmopolitan and small town feel wrapped in one – it
can be fast paced, as people typically live and work closely
together, but also has strong small town community roots and
friendly neighbors ready to lend a hand. There is always a new
restaurant to try and good nightlife in the area. Education options
are abundant in Beaumont, with all education rankings high on
national and statewide levels compared to other cities. The gulf
coastline offers sweeping, gorgeous sunsets and beach strolls, with
exciting places like Houston or Lake Charles, LA for getaways only
an hour away.
Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Lamar
University. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be
For best consideration, please apply by February 8,
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should
include a cover letter and curriculum vita.
Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the search
firm, you must apply directly at: https://acesrch.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a21esjyizba4
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States at the time of employment.
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The successful candidate must submit official transcripts of the
terminal degree and successfully undergo a background check.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to
discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but
not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability,
or veteran status in its educational programs, activities,
admissions or employment practices.