Chair, Dept of Electrical Engineering
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) invites applications for an anticipated Chair to lead the Department of Electrical Engineering. The department, fully accredited by ABET, is well established and enjoys a solid reputation for graduating functional engineers, research, and service to the community and profession. As a dynamic and innovative leader, the new Chair will set a vision for the department to advance education, manage enrollment, and expand research opportunities and industrial partnerships. The successful candidate will have a solid record of accomplishments in publications, externally funded research, and engaging leadership. The Chair will report to the Dean of the CEET and the appointment is expected to be made at the rank of tenured Professor of Electrical Engineering. Applicants with specialties in all areas of electrical and computer engineering, as well as related areas, will be considered.

Position Description: This administrative, teaching, and scholarly appointment will begin July 1, 2019. The chair is responsible for leading and administering the graduate and baccalaureate programs in electrical engineering. The successful applicant will execute departmental administrative, financial, and planning functions; develop and enhance industrial contacts and initiatives; facilitate grant and contract activities; be an advocate for the department; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; oversee enrollment management; advise students and serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the college.

Successful applicants for the chair position are required to hold a Ph.D. in electrical engineering or a closely related field with related teaching interests and research experiences in, but not limited to, Advanced Microelectronics and Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) with specialization in fabrications pertaining to biomedical, mechatronics, or advanced manufacturing systems and devices. An understanding of and involvement in the ABET accreditation process is required.

Demonstrated commitment to equity and a successful working history with diversity is highly desirable. Applicants must have credentials to qualify for senior rank and tenure in the Department of Electrical Engineering. This selected individual must have a collaborative approach to management. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform applicants that NIU can only employ U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of employment. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying identity and right to accept employment.

The department consists of 8 full-time faculty members, with one additional faculty hire anticipated by fall 2019. There are approximately 380 undergraduate and 40 graduate students. The department offers an ABET accredited B.S. and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Laboratories for microelectronics, signal processing, biomedical, and power-electronics are well established in the department. In particular, the department has an approximately 10,000 sq. ft. microelectronics facility with approximately 3,500 sq. ft. of Class 100 clean room for microelectronics, MEMS, and sensor fabrication, research, and teaching. Successful candidates are expected to conduct collaborative research with faculty across our campus whose research thrust are in biomedical engineering, advanced manufacturing and mechatronics. Strong ties with industries and national laboratories in the Northern Illinois region, including Argonne and Fermi, have helped ELE faculty attract externally funded research projects on a regular basis. NIU is located 65 miles west of Chicago and has 18,000 students. NIU’s vision is to be the premier student-centered, research-focused public university in the Midwest contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world. To further support that vision, the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology is currently applying for Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial & Systems Engineering. In addition, the College has recently been approved to offer B.S. degree programs in Biomedical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at: Review of applications will begin on 1/15/2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions contact: Mia Hannon,

Applications should include a cover letter, a personal vision statement on the future of this department (, curriculum vita, and the names, affiliations, phone numbers and email addresses of four current professional references.

For applicants holding Ph.D. degrees from non-U.S. academic institution(s): Degree credentials (i.e., transcripts and other academic records) that do not conform to standard U.S. format must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by the World Evaluation Services (WES), or another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, as part of the application packet. Also, if the official transcript(s) and other academic records are not in English, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation. All costs associated with the evaluation service and notarization is covered by the applicant.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

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In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

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Contact Information
Mia Hannon
Northern Illinois University
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
DeKalb, 60115