Job ID: 221701

Department Chair

University of South Alabama

  • Sep. 19, 2023
  • Open until filled
  • Aug. 15, 2024
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
    Associate Professor
  • Chemical/Petroleum
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

DEPARTMENT CHAIR, Chemical Engineering.  The University of South Alabama invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor.  Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field. For consideration of the rank of Associate Professor, candidates must demonstrate a cohesive research agenda with a clear path to seeking full Professor. For consideration of the rank of Professor, candidates must demonstrate an established record of research and scholarly productivity.  The Chair is expected to provide strategic vision and leadership to the Department and to engage in teaching, research, and scholarship.  Successful candidates must show a commitment to excellence in teaching and research; exceptional verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills; demonstrated inclusive leadership ability; and a desire and ability to collaborate effectively across disciplines and administrative structures.

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department provides an ABET-accredited BSChE program, an MSChE program, a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program, and participates in two further interdisciplinary doctoral programs – Systems Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering track of the Basic Medical Sciences program.   The Department has active research programs in areas including adsorptive materials, biomedical imaging, molecular modeling and simulation, and solution thermodynamics.  Major chemical and petroleum refining industries in the local area offer opportunities for industrial/academic collaborations, while numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations exist with the College of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.  The College of Engineering has four departments: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, as well as a program in Systems Engineering. For more information, please visit our website,

Located in Mobile near the Mobile Bay Estuary and the Alabama Gulf Coast with its beautiful white-sand beaches, the University of South Alabama is a public, doctoral-level institution enrolling more than 13,000 students in nine colleges and schools.  Founded in 1963, it seeks to establish itself as the premier academic institution in the northern Gulf Coast region.  With its colleges of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions and its four academic hospitals, it also serves as a health services center for the region.  Mobile is the center of a growing metropolitan area (~600,000 residents) with a diverse economy.        

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single pdf to They should include a letter of application and a curriculum vitae as well as statements of teaching interests; research interests; leadership and administrative philosophy; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of 5 references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. John Cleary, at  Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.  

  • The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis.

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  • John Cleary

    University of South Alabama
    150 Student Services Drive, Shelby Hall
    Mobile, AL 36688
  • 2514606987

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