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Posting Details

Posting Details

Business Title Chair
Department Mechanical Engineering
Posting Category Faculty
Salary Plan Faculty - Non Bargaining
Job Summary

The Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University invites applications for the position of Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The department has experienced remarkable growth in undergraduate enrollment, with a 50 percent increase from 2013 to 2016 and more than 100 seniors enrolled in 2016-2017. Industrial sponsorship of student projects is strong, with participation from companies such as Parker-Hannifin, Lubrizol, Lincoln Electric, NASA Glenn Research Center, Dan T. Moore Companies and others. Extramural research involving Mechanical Engineering faculty members has also been sharply increasing. Since 2014, the department has added seven new full-time faculty positions.

We seek a new chairperson who will lead our department into a new phase of growth, with particular emphasis on strengthening and enhancing our educational offerings, graduate program, and research efforts. The candidate should have a solid research and education background in the cornerstone disciplines of mechanical engineering, as well as a broad vision of its new frontiers and interdisciplinary aspects.

The College’s enrollment has increased by more than 300% over the last 10 years. It now has about 1,900 undergraduate and 650 graduate students. An additional 100,000 sq.ft. engineering building is under construction, with the first phase opening in late 2017. The building will include a state-of-the-art maker space, a freshman design lab, Instructional labs, a motion control laboratory, additive manufacturing facilities, as well as research facilities.

Cleveland State University is located in downtown Cleveland, a city that has undergone remarkable renewal and revitalization. This includes downtown living with restaurants and shopping in a family friendly environment, professional teams in major sports and a world-class symphony orchestra.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate is expected to qualify for a tenured position in the department at the rank of Professor, although exceptionally well-qualified candidates at the rank of Associate Professor will be considered. At a minimum, the candidate must have an earned doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely-related field and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Moreover, we expect at least seven years of experience in higher education, including teaching, research and academic administration. In addition, candidates must have strong evidence of excellence in interpersonal skills, leadership, communication and administrative capabilities and ability to engage with local industry and community partners.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include a track record of scholarship and research funding, evidence of leadership and significant experience in academic administration, including accomplishments in graduate program improvement, promoting faculty research and a good track record of university-industry collaboration, and the ability to contribute through teaching and or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.

Date grant, position, or appointment expires (For Funds Available, Temporary, and Waiver of Posting
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received by December 1, 2017 will receive full consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled. Application materials must be submitted online through the Human Resources website at and include a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experience match the position requirements, a curriculum vita and contact information for at least five references.

Applicant Instructions

Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.
Applications will be exclusively accepted online at Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted.

Hiring Range /Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience.

Posted Date 07/21/2017
Close Date/Application Deadline
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins 12/01/2017
Tentative Start Date August 2018

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • CSU Website
    • Other
  2. If you selected 'Public Job Posting" or "Other" please provide source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you require any type of accommodation, should you be invited to campus for further screening? Please contact CSU at (216) 687-3636 if you need accommodation.
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents