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The College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), invites applications for Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Chair, reporting directly to the Dean of the College, is responsible for planning and implementation of educational and research programs; professional development of faculty, staff, and students; ABET accreditation and campus assessment processes; and oversight of departmental operations, management, and budgeting. The Chair is expected to be an active College and campus leader, partnering with units inside and outside the university to strengthen the institutional mission. The final candidate must have demonstrated administrative experience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to mentor and support faculty and staff, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic and accomplished leader who can bring a vision for invigorating and expanding the educational, research, and service efforts of the department, striving to substantially expand the external funding, publication rate, and national visibility of the department’s research activities. Candidates must have an earned PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline from an accredited university, and a record of scholarship and educational accomplishments commensurate with an appointment as a tenured Professor in a public research university.

Mechanical Engineering Department

With 18 full-time faculty and 4 staff, 580 undergraduate majors, and 73 graduate students (32 M.S. and 41 Ph.D.), the department is poised to take greater advantage of its regional opportunities and interdisciplinary partnerships to grow in both size and scope. The current research in UMBC’s Mechanical Engineering department is centered in solid mechanics and materials, thermal/fluids, dynamic systems, and biomechanical engineering. UMBC values interdisciplinary collaborations and many faculty in the department have collaborative projects and external funding with researchers in other departments on campus. Our location in suburban Baltimore positions us well to establish collaborations and external research funding opportunities with federal agencies (including NSF, NIH, ONR, ARO, and NIST), local industry, and other universities in the region, particularly the University of Maryland’s Medical School in downtown Baltimore. The new chair will have a unique opportunity to lead the department forward at a time of opportunity and expansion.

Our ABET-accredited Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program links hands-on experiences and design with theoretical, experimental, and numerical analyses. Building on our existing foundation, the new chair will ensure continued investment in and emphasis on a strong academic foundation coupled with hands-on practical experiences to best prepare our undergraduate students for either professional practice or graduate study.


Founded in 1966, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is a mid-sized public research university in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  UMBC is particularly known for its commitment to diversity, the quality of its undergraduate education, and its rapidly increasing prominence as a cutting-edge research university.  The Center for Women in Technology, housed within the College of Engineering and Information Technology, provides a range of programs and services designed to increase gender diversity in computing and engineering.  UMBC’s Meyerhoff Program is a national model for preparing students from underrepresented groups for graduate programs in STEM. UMBC has been in the top five U.S. News & World Report “Most Innovative Schools” both years that the list was published, and has been in the top 20 for their “Best Undergraduate Teaching” for the last eight years. The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized UMBC as a “great college to work for” for seven consecutive years.

Application Process

Submit your application electronically here.

Required application materials are: (1) a cover letter stating your interest in this position, (2) a CV, (3) a statement regarding administrative accomplishments and leadership style appropriate in a public research university, and (4) a list of three references (that includes their name, telephone number and email address) who are able to comment on both academic qualification and administrative/management capabilities. To receive full consideration, please submit your application by November 15, 2017, but the search will remain open until filled.   A start date of August 2018 is anticipated. UMBC is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer and highly encourages applications from veterans, minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.