Chair, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applications for an anticipated department chair position starting July 2019. The administrative leadership will facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations to broaden the research portfolio of the college and individual departments while simultaneously manage the teaching mission of the department. The department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees and currently has 14 faculty members, about 625 undergraduate students and 90 graduate students. NIU actively facilitates opportunities to collaborate with researchers from Argonne, Fermi, and other national labs. NIU has over 18,000 students and is located approximately 65 miles west of Chicago. 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.

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 mechanical engineering. The successful applicant will execute departmental administrative, financial, and planning functions; enhance and develop industrial contacts and initiatives; facilitate grant and contract activities; be an advocate for the department; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; and advise students. A research start-up package may be available.

Qualifications: The chair must have an earned Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field and should have a distinguished and proven record in teaching, research, and scholarly publications. Industrial experience showing leadership capabilities with good administrative and communication skills will also be considered. Excellent and proven leadership skills, with experience directing and managing faculty and staff in a collaborative and transparent manner is required. An understanding of and involvement in the ABET accreditation process is required. Strong commitment to equity and diversity is expected.

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 and Engineering Technology is currently in the process of establishing Ph.D. degree programs in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. In addition, the College has recently been approved to offer B.S. degree programs in Biomedical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.

Applicants must have sufficient qualifications to be appointed at the rank of associate or full professorship with tenure at NIU.

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,

Candidates should provide the following: 1. application letter summarizing their qualifications, 2. statement of leadership philosophy including demonstrated skills being applied in practice, 3. Concise approach to balance research and teaching objectives for the department (limit 3 pages), and 4. Curriculum vitae of professional development that includes contact information for at least three references. All documents must be submitted electronically in a single PDF file.

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 accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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
Department of Mechanical Engineering
DeKalb, 60115