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Department Head, Engineering

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

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Summary of Job Duties:

This 12-month position is both faculty and administration. Administrative responsibilities include leading and managing full-time and part-time engineering faculty, developing new courses in advanced manufacturing engineering, and engaging with advisory boards. Faculty responsibilities include teaching 15 hours of undergraduate engineering courses annually, maintaining an active research agenda, and sustaining interaction with the engineering profession. Other duties will include collaboration with departments across the university; assessment/evaluation of instruction; career advisement, recruitment, and retention activities; and participation in college and University committees. The position reports to the dean of the College of Business and Industry.


Required Education and/or Work Experience: Ph.D. in Manufacturing, Systems, Mechanical, Electrical, or Industrial Engineering from an accredited institution and four years of teaching or industry experience.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meets the qualifications for appointment to the rank of associate professor or professor; leadership experience, professional experience as an engineer in an advanced manufacturing setting; experience in developing new curriculum; experience with student recruitment and/or advising.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:

  • Ability to effectively lead and work with a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, including the utilization of technology
  • Maintenance of an active applied research agenda
  • Willingness to engage with external stakeholders
  • Well-developed communication and teamwork skills
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and assess effectiveness of new curriculum.
  • Provide classroom instruction and career advising.
  • Coordinate recruiting, hiring, and retention of qualified faculty and staff.
  • Complete annual faculty evaluations.
  • Manage departmental meetings, course scheduling, faculty workload adjustments, and textbook adoption approvals.
  • Manage departmental budget, faculty travel, purchases of departmental materials, and other expenses.
  • Assess and monitor departmental equipment, lab, and safety needs.
  • Work collaboratively with academic advising team in assessing and monitoring student progression and completion.
  • Maintain scholarly activity and/or professional development sufficient for faculty appointment.
  • Engage with advisory boards

Other Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee program assessment and accreditation activities.
  • Participate in and support departmental and college grant writing efforts.
  • Support student recruitment, retention, and yield activities.
  • Participate in service at the department, college, university, community, and professional levels.
  • Attend and participate in all faculty and administrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencement ceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.

Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: Student, Faculty, Administration, Staff, and External Stakeholders

List Employees Supervised: Engineering faculty and staff

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office/classroom setting. Occasional travel and extended hours required. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. Required abilities include walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods. Visual demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 10 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required.

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check

Salary Information:

$120,000-140,000/12 months, commensurate with education and experience.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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Proof of Veteran Status

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Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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