Department Chair: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
San Diego State University
Internal Number: 2697173
Department Chair: Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Location: San Diego, CA Open Date: Nov 19, 2021
Description The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University is seeking an innovative and energetic academic leader to serve as department chairperson beginning in Fall 2022. The Department is strongly committed to excellence in both research and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to continuing its promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The applicant must be a Full Professor, hold a PhD in Civil, Construction, Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline, have experience in the development and management of research programs, and possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills, a commitment to both research and teaching excellence, the ability to promote collegiality and consensus building, and a strong commitment to shared governance. The Chair is expected to promote an atmosphere of inclusion, tolerance, and appreciation of success and respect for all, foster industry partnerships, maintain a continuous appreciation for diversity, and work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting.
The Chair reports to the Dean of Engineering and serves as the chief representative of the department. The chair must uphold the principles of shared governance, fairly implement established policies and procedures, oversee departmental budget and resources, maintain positive working relationships with faculty and staff, communicate with openness and honesty, seek feedback, build consensus and shared vision, resolve conflict, and model best practices in teaching and research.
The minimum requirements and desired qualifications for the position are:
Earned PhD in Civil, Construction, or Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline.
Full Professor with a record of scholarship and professional activity that merits appointment with tenure.
Prior administrative experience relevant to the position.
Demonstrated commitment to both research and teaching.
Demonstrated commitment to faculty and staff shared governance, transparency, and ability to build consensus and promote collegiality
Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
Appreciation of diversity and ability to work effectively in a multicultural campus and community setting.
Experience supervising and collaborating with professional staff.
Experience with course planning and budgeting.
Record of strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Record of fostering industry partnerships.
Record of engaging professional growth and development and mentoring of faculty.
The Department hosts three ABET-accredited programs, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, and Environmental Engineering, and a Construction Management program that started in Fall 2021, as well as M.S. programs and Ph.D. programs (through the Joint Doctoral Program with the University of California San Diego) involving students in leading edge research. SDSU and the Department are actively pursuing independent PhD programs.
The Department hosts several centers, institutes, and research labs, in transportation, water resources, and materials: the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) University Transportation Center (UTC), awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Blue Gold Area of Excellence on Mitigating the Effects of Water Scarcity, the Reimagining Transboundary Water Big Idea, the Concrete Research Institute.
The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering department is one of the four departments in the College of Engineering at SDSU with EAC, ABET-accredited B.S. degree programs, as well as M.S. programs and Ph.D. programs (through the Joint Doctoral Program with the University of California San Diego) involving students in leading edge research. SDSU and the Department are actively pursuing independent PhD programs. SDSU generates more research, as measured by funding levels, than all of the other State schools combined, and is considered a research Institution.
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in Southern California. With a total student population of about 35,000, SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego, largest university in the Cal-State University System, and the third largest university in the State of California. It is currently ranked No. 60 among public universities and is in the top 25 nationwide for ethnic diversity, according to U.S. News and World Report. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education and as a Hispanic-Serving and Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. In 2021, SDSU was one of only teninstitutions to receive the Seal of Excelencia for intentionally serving Latino students and for demonstrating positive student outcomes. In addition to its main campus, SDSU boasts two active campuses in Imperial Valley (in Calexico and Brawley), a new campus in Mission Valley in San Diego, which offers opportunities for growth, and an international campus in the country of Georgia. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.
SDSU actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria.
Review of applications will begin on January 18, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations are accepted, and applicants must apply via Interfolio. Applicants should submit a cover letter [not to exceed one page], curriculum vitae, diversity statement [not to exceed two pages, specifying how the applicant meets the BIE criteria], and names and contact information of three (3) references. In addition, applicants should also submit a Statement of Leadership Philosophy [not to exceed three pages], which includes their vision and plans for promoting research, supporting teaching and faculty development, creating opportunities for department advancement, and attracting external funds.
Requests for additional information should be directed to: Dr. Janusz Supernak, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, San Diego State University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.
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