Faculty Opening: Chemical Engineering Department Head

Job Description

The Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Department Head.

The department (http://www.che.vt.edu) is home to 17.5 full-time faculty members, including several early career awardees, holders of endowed and named professorships as well as approximately 62 graduate students and 315 undergraduate students. The department benefits from excellent facilities with most of the department located in recently constructed Goodwin Hall. We have an enthusiastic faculty including a number of recent new hires. Disciplinary areas of specialization include biomedical engineering, polymer science and engineering, colloids and interfaces, process design and systems engineering, catalysis and surface science, supercritical fluids, and membranes and advanced separations.

In addition, ChE is affiliated with three Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs at Virginia Tech - Computational Tissue Engineering, Macromolecular science and Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine. Members of the faculty participate in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, the Macromolecules Innovation Institute, the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The undergraduate program is nationally known for its capstone design course. The current annual departmental research expenditures exceed $3.8 M.

The applicant must have a distinguished record of scholarly publications, funded research, effective teaching, and professional and university service. The ideal candidate should have a proven record of outstanding administrative ability and academic leadership experience and a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity in an academic environment. In support of the strategic initiatives of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, the ChE Department seeks a dynamic leader committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Department Head is expected to provide effective departmental representation across the University, as well as foster strong relationships with industry representatives, development/advancement, government sponsors, alumni, and the ChE Advisory Board.

Required Qualifications

The appointment requires a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field. Professional qualifications and experience should be consistent with the requirements for appointment at the rank of Full Professor with tenure.

Additional Information

Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.vt.edu (posting number 515087): application materials will include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement summarizing their vision for the Department and enhancing diversity and inclusion, and contact information for at least three individuals providing references. Review of applications will commence on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Richey M. Davis, ChE Department Head Search Committee Chair, at rmdavis@vt.edu (540-231-4578).

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. If you are a person with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Richey M. Davis at rmdavis@vt.edu. 

View the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Strategic Plan here.

Goodwin Hall
Goodwin Hall