Chair, Engineering Technology (6101)
DeKalb, IL 
Posted 18 days ago
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Chair, Engineering Technology (6101)
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College of Eng & Eng Tech Dean
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Position Summary, Requirements, and Qualifications

The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) invites applications for an anticipated Chairperson to lead the Department of Engineering Technology.

The Engineering Technology Department offers B.S. in five emphases: ABET accredited Electrical Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and ATMAE accredited Industrial Management and Technology, along with Energy and Environmental Technology, and Applied Manufacturing Technology, and - M.S. in Industrial Management and Technology. The department is well established and enjoys a solid reputation for graduating students, research, and service to the community and profession.

The department consists of 9 full-time faculty members and 2 full-time instructors, and approximately 193 undergraduate and 5 graduate students. The department has well established Laboratories for Computer-Aided-Design, Automation, Machining, CNC Machines, Metal Fabrication and Welding, Robotics and PLC, Controls, Electronics, Electric Machines, Renewable Energy, Plastic, Fluid Power, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), and Building Energy Efficiency, Ergonomics and Management (BEEEAM). The successful candidate is expected to conduct collaborative research with faculty across our campus. Strong ties with industries and national laboratories in the Northern Illinois region, including Argonne and Fermi, have helped Engineering Technology faculty to attract externally funded research projects on a regular basis. Northern Illinois University (NIU) has about 16,000 students and is located approximately 65 miles west of Chicago. NIU's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach. To further support that vision, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) offers Ph.D. degrees in electrical, mechanical, and industrial and systems engineering. In addition, the College has recently started to offer B.S. degree programs in Biomedical Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.

This administrative, teaching, and scholarly appointment will begin January 1, 2024. A research start-up package may be available.

About CEET
Ranked 59th in undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. World and News Report, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was established in 1985 and offers degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) in electrical engineering, engineering technology, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as the two new bachelor's programs in biomedical engineering and mechatronics engineering introduced in 2019. The college is housed in three facilities totaling 150,000 square feet and featuring more than 35 state-of-the-art laboratories that are open to all students from their first year through graduate school.

About NIU
NIU is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body of about 16,000.

Position Summary
As a dynamic and innovative leader, the Chair will carry out the vision of the department, which is to provide engineering excellence in education, research, scholarly activities and impactful engagement with industry, government and communities. The Chair reports to the Dean of CEET. The appointment is expected to be made at the senior rank of tenured Professor of Engineering Technology

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Leading and administering the graduate and baccalaureate programs in Engineering Technology
  • Executing and facilitating all departmental administrative, financial, and planning functions including: faculty and staff hiring and supervision; workload assignment; tenure and promotion evaluations; student advising;
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as needed;
  • Managing regular faculty and staff evaluations;
  • Overseeing student learning outcomes, program assessment and accreditation; oversee enrollment management;
  • Being an advocate for the department and serving as a member of the senior leadership team of the college.
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations to broaden the research portfolio of the department while simultaneously manage the teaching mission of the department.
  • Working closely with NIU and CEET to enhance recruitment efforts for community colleges transfers as well as high school students.
  • Developing and enhancing industrial contacts and initiatives, and facilitating grant and contract activities.

Minimum Required Qualifications
  • An earned doctorate degree in engineering or closely related field;
  • Distinguished and proven record in teaching, external funded research, scholarly publications, and engaging leadership.

Additional Requirements
  • Academic experience showing leadership capabilities with good administrative and communication skills;
  • Given our diverse student body (over 50% non-white ethnic backgrounds), a strong commitment to fostering inclusivity is essential.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Have related teaching interests and research experiences in, but not limited to, engineering technology (with specializations in electrical engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, industrial management and technology, energy and environmental technology, environmental health and safety, mechatronics engineering technology, and/or biomedical engineering technology).

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Application Procedure
For full consideration, prospective applicants should visit to apply and upload the following materials as a single PDF file by November 5, 2023.

  • A cover letter describing professional background, qualifications, and leadership approach;
  • A complete and current curriculum vita;
  • A vision statement for the future of the department;
  • A statement of research interest;
  • A statement of teaching philosophy; (;
  • A statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The names and contact information of five professional references

Applications submitted after November 5 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.

For short listed applicants holding Ph.D. degrees from non-U.S. academic institution(s): Degree credentials (i.e., transcripts and other academic records) that do not conform to standard U.S. format must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by the World Evaluation Services (WES), or another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, as part of the application packet. Also, if the official transcript(s) and other academic records are not in English, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation. All costs associated with the evaluation service and notarization will be covered by the applicant.

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EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Diversity Statement
  7. Vision Statement
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Job Summary
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As soon as possible
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Regular, Full Time
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High School or Equivalent
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