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Pennsylvania State University - Head, Department of Architectural Engineering

University Park, PA

Job Description

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) College of Engineering seeks a highly accomplished scholar and visionary leader to serve as Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering. The new head will lead a department that is regarded as among the nation’s top architectural engineering programs and whose faculty and alumni have made exceptional contributions as innovative scholars, educators and practitioners. The new head will be well positioned to build upon the considerable strengths of the department to further extend Penn State’s impact on the evolution of building design, application and function.

Architectural Engineering (AE) is one of 12 departments and degree programs within the highly-ranked Penn State College of Engineering. Under the leadership of Dean Justin Schwartz, who joined the College in August 2017, the College has outlined a bold vision for the future that emphasizes impact on society and embracing the challenges facing humankind, redefining multidisciplinary activity and engaging globally. Plans include expanding research and graduate education, taking a national leadership role on diversity and inclusion and creating a master plan for buildings and infrastructure. As a member of the College’s leadership team, the head will play a critical role in the realization of the College’s vision and execution of the plan.

Architectural Engineering has a vital role to play in the future where smart cities, smart buildings, energy efficient net zero buildings, designs of indoor environments that promote wellness and productivity, and the science of new materials is in need of visionary engineers to lead the way. The engineers who are creating the future—and training the next generation of innovators—are at Penn State today. The Department of Architectural Engineering offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs to its more than 350 students. Faculty research and the curriculum focus on four key areas as part of a multidisciplinary approach: structural systems, mechanical systems, construction management and illumination and electrical systems. This multidisciplinary approach includes such processes as Integrated Project Design (IPD) and Construction incorporating advanced modeling tools including Building Information Modeling (BIM). The department is home to 19 tenure-track faculty members, 13 practitioner instructors and 12 staff. The department’s graduates are in exceedingly high demand and achieve 100 percent employment at graduation. More information about the department can be found at:

Penn State is a public, land-grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Annual enrollment at its 24 campuses totals more than 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

Reporting to the dean, the head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finances, academic affairs, external relations and advancement. The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the department’s education, research and service missions and will possess the scholarly record, leadership skills and strategic capacity to advance the department. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry or government environment, the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies, and a commitment to equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will have the credentials to receive tenure as a full professor in the College.

Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (CV, letter of interest and contact information for five professional references) should be sent via email to the University’s consultants, Suzanne Teer and Brian Bloomfield, at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 16, 2018. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge of and approval by the candidate. It is expected that the Head, Department of Architectural Engineering will be appointed by late April 2018.

The University is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, admission and employment for all persons. It is the policy of the University to maintain an environment free of harassment and free of discrimination against any person because of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

Please note that final candidates for the position will be required to complete a background check process based on the requirements of the position including child abuse and criminal history checks.
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