Job ID: 133179

MMET Department Chair

Oregon Institute of Technology

  • Nov. 7, 2019
  • MMET Department Chair
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
    Klamath Falls, OR
  • Open Until Filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Engineering - Other
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering

The MMET Department at Oregon Institute of Technology seeks applicants for the position of Department Chair, which is a full-time, tenure-track position, to start September 2020 (an earlier start date may be negotiated at time of hire). The appointment will be at the associate professor level, highly qualified applicants may be considered at the full-professor level.

The Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology Department (MMET) at Oregon Tech is currently comprised of sixteen faculty members serving a student body approximately 500 students and is the largest Department in the College of Engineering, Technology and Management. The department offers four degree programs: BSME (ABET-EAC accredited), BSMET (ABET-ETAC accredited), BSMFG (ABET-ETAC accredited) and MSMFG. The MMET Department is located on three campuses; the main Oregon Tech campus in Klamath Falls, OR; our campus located in the Portland-Metro area, and our branch campus located in Seattle, WA. Oregon Tech is the only accredited public polytechnic university in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the top public regional universities in the western US, and is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the nation for undergraduate engineering programs by US News & World Report.

The MMET Chair, as departmental leader, liaison, and advocate, is a faculty member within the MMET department who acts as supervisor of the department and as liaison between the MMET department and the college and university administration. The MMET Chair works in close coordination with and under the supervision of the Dean to achieve the strategic goals and vision for the Department and College. Other duties may be assigned by the Dean based on strategic priorities of the College and University. These duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead departmental growth with respect to students, faculty, programs, resources and academic quality.
  • Participate in teaching of MMET courses (approximately half-time teaching load).
  • Create and facilitate the implementation of a strategic mission and vision for the department, seeking to recruit a diverse student body, elevate student success through increasing student retention and graduation, enhance departmental revenue and opportunities through successful partnerships, contain cost effectively, and build the brand recognition of the department, college and university.
  • Ensure that clear consistent course goals and objectives are established by the department for all campuses; that department programs are designed to achieve these ends; and that goals, objectives and programs are periodically evaluated to guarantee that they are suited to the needs of major and non-major students.
  • Manage the department’s resources in consultation with the dean, IR and Budget Offices, recognizing that revenue generation and effective cost control are necessary elements for the department’s viability and success.
  • Foster a departmental culture of civility, collegiality, and respect for diversity.
  • Give thoughtful review and comments to faculty in areas which encourage pedagogical improvement and professional development, including Sabbatical Leave applications, and other internally funded activities. Encourage faculty to engage students in research and other experiential learning activities.
  • Monitor student enrollment numbers and work proactively with IR and Strategic Enrollment Management to extend, expand and ensure departmental participation in recruitment efforts appropriate to the program.
  • Work closely with the Dean and the Advancement Office on any activities that involve or have the potential to involve fundraising activities.
  • Develop and expand ties and relationships with appropriate partners (including industry, Office for Sponsored Projects, and community organizations) in order to increase opportunities for faculty professional development, student professional experiences and employment opportunities, and equipment donations.

Required: Ph.D. in mechanical or manufacturing engineering or engineering technology or a closely related discipline is required. Prior management experience. An academic record to support the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
Preferred: Two (2) or more years of relevant industry experience.

To apply for this pisition please visit Initial review of applications will begin on November 21, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted after the initial review date until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. Therefore, at the discretion of the University, materials received after the initial review date may not receive full consideration. For additional information, please contact: Brian Moravec, Search Committee Chair at:

  • Oregon Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring, or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.

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Contact Information

  • Brian Moravec
    Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Oregon Institute of Technology
    3201 Campus Dr
    Klamath Falls, OR 97601

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