Department Head, Materials Science and Engineering Department

  • University of Arizona, Materials Science and Engineering Department
  • 1235 James E. Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Feb 09, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


MSE Department Head

University of Arizona

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Arizona (UA) is seeking nominations and applications for a department head with excellent leadership skills and enthusiasm for world class research, innovative teaching, and industrial collaboration. The Department Head will oversee a dynamic department of engaged faculty, staff, students, as well as modern teaching and research laboratories and user facilities. Candidates are expected to have extensive research and teaching experience at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full or Associate Professor. A candidate with accomplishments in administrative leadership and team-building is preferred.

Consistent with the departmental mission to lead interdisciplinary materials research and educational program innovation, the future MSE Department Head will lead the department to establish a vision and long-term strategy that will build from a foundation of cross-campus, national and international multidisciplinary research and educational initiatives in which MSE plays a leading role. In this context, MSE faculty and students pursue material and process innovations central to ongoing programs in Additive Manufacturing, Hypersonics, Quantum Information and Materials, Energy Management, Acoustic Metamaterials, Biomedicine and Biomaterials, Lunar and Planetary Exploration, and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of nine academic departments in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. Formerly the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and renamed Department of MSE in 1984, MSE has a long and distinguished tradition in materials education and research. Today our faculty continue to address the more important and challenging issues at the forefront of science and technology. The growing research activity in the Department is supported by federally funded grants (DoE, DoD, NASA, NSF including the recent ERC on “Quantum Network”), industry and private foundations. MSE leadership within UA is enabled by a diverse MSE faculty (13 T/TT faculty and 4 Research Faculty), with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Optical Sciences, Lunar & Planetary Science, Applied Mathematics, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry. The Department also enjoys strong support from its industry stakeholders who take an active role in educational program advancement for workforce development as well as provide their insight into new initiatives to further the research enterprise.

The MSE Department serves as the center for multidisciplinary education and curriculum innovation in materials for the College of Engineering. In addition to traditional bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree offerings, the department houses online BS and MS degree programs, a Master’s of Engineering plan focusing on Innovation, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship developed in collaboration with the College’s Systems and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management programs, and a new College-wide minor in Additive Manufacturing. Curriculum flexibility across the degree offerings enable students to tailor their professional preparation through an extensive selection of electives and emphasis areas. Significantly, the department also has expanded UA MSE degree accessibility through international partnerships via UA Global, the University’s central hub for global engagement.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Materials Science and Engineering, or related field.
  • Candidates are expected to have extensive research and teaching experience at a level sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured Full or Associate Professor.
  • Record of scholarly achievement
  • Track record of collaboratively building a vision and the skills to follow through to make the vision a reality.
  • History of successful funds drives from industry and government.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous administrative experience as head or associate head, center director, or equivalent leadership position;
  • Membership on boards of academic journals and/or professional associations;
  • Experience with online programs;
  • Commitment to participatory decision making processes.
  • The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of engagement with diversity issues, diverse students, women in engineering, and other diversity related faculty, staff, and student communities.

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