Madelaine Pfau Endowed Chair in Systems Engineering Leadership

  • University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering
  • Norman, OK, USA
  • Nov 09, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for the Madelaine Pfau Chair in the field of Systems Engineering Leadership, which complements the Charles Jones Chair position in Data Science and Analytics. Together, these endowed chairs will form the core for a center of excellence seen as a strategic priority for the University. The Madelaine Pfau Chair will develop new courses and conduct research in the field of systems engineering with an emphasis on developing leaders with the skills to enact organizational change and enable data-driven insights. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to develop relationships and generate research that translates novel analytical and engineering concepts into actions and results. Prior experience applying an interdisciplinary approach to solving the technical problems of an organization, from conception, to production, to the realization of valuable operations, is strongly recommended. The ideal candidate will have experience in both academia and industry leveraging systems engineering principles to enable and embed machine learning and AI solutions across complex organizational environments. The Pfau Chair is expected to develop several theoretical and applied courses within the UG and graduate curricula in ISE. It is very appropriate that these topics be considered in the context of the growing emphases of the school in Aerospace & Defense (Cyber Manufacturing) Systems and Health and Medical Systems designated strategic by the school.

We are seeking applicants who can bring insights from a well-established research program in Systems Engineering Leadership to build upon the School’s current strengths. Applicants with demonstrated expertise in both application and theory are sought.  We seek a colleague who will collaborate with current and future faculty in ISE and faculty across the university to build a strong center of excellence that will merit national recognition. We encourage candidates who have interest in providing strong mentorship to junior faculty members and who will build a thriving research laboratory of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. The candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching at all levels, and be passionate about developing new classes in emerging areas. We seek a candidate whose research, teaching, and service has prepared them to integrate and bolster OU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and has given them the confidence to fully integrate students, faculty, staff, and others from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related discipline. The proposed chair is expected to bring significant recognition to the School of ISE, the Gallogly College of Engineering (GCoE), and OU, through their scholarship, archival publications, successful research grants from federal and industry sources, and strong student and junior faculty mentorship. The Pfau Engineering Leadership Chair will be appointed at the rank of full professor.

The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: the main campus in Norman, the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located in the Oklahoma City metro area. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.

Application Details

The application package should include: (i) single page cover letter; (ii) curriculum vitae; (iii) teaching and research statements, as well as an additional statement describing your professional experience and work in building inclusive and diverse teaching and research environments; and (iv) list of five references. Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Professor Shivakumar Raman, chair of the search committee at We encourage applicants to apply by March 1, 2021, though application packages will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Gallogly College of Engineering holds strong the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We seek candidates who contribute to fostering an inclusive culture in all aspects of faculty responsibility, including within the classroom, the academic community, and within their professional commitments.