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Head and Professor of the School of Materials Engineering (002550-2011)

Requirements: Purdue University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Head of the School of Materials Engineering. A dynamic leader is sought to advance the School’s nationally-ranked program and to enhance its international and national impact through a continuing commitment to excellence in discovery, learning and engagement. The Head provides vision and leadership to the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders of the School, and will have the opportunity to shape and implement the strategic plan for the School and the College of Engineering. The Head must have a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or related disciplines, qualify for an appointment at the full professor level with tenure, have a distinguished academic, government or industrial record, and demonstrate strong leadership and collaborative skills. Candidates should have a clear understanding of the current needs and future direction of the materials science and engineering profession, possess a commitment to diversity and collaboration, and be skilled in administration, student relations, mentoring, and alumni development.

The faculty members in the School of Materials Engineering are located in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering and the Birck Nanotechnology Center, which provide outstanding facilities for teaching and research. The School currently has 116 undergraduate students, 89 graduate students and postdocs, and 20 faculty members. The School’s faculty members have strong connections to research centers in Purdue’s Discovery Park, as well as with the Colleges of Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Management, and Science.

The College of Engineering at Purdue consists of over 7300 undergraduate students, nearly 2,900 graduate students, and 359 faculty members. Purdue is one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities with a full range of academic majors and an enrollment of over 40,000 students on the West Lafayette campus.

Application: An application should include: (1) a three-page personal statement addressing the applicant’s vision, administrative philosophy, experience and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) names and contact information for at least three references. Applications and inquiries will be kept confidential. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. Electronic submission is preferred and should be uploaded at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/InfoFor/Employment. Screening will commence February 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and questions regarding the position can be addressed to Chair, Materials Engineering Head Search Committee, Purdue University, Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, 701 W. Stadium Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045, Phone: 765-494-5012, Email: mse-search@ecn.purdue.edu. A background check will be required for employment in this position.