The P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science at Lehigh University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) (engineering.lehigh.edu/cee). We seek an accomplished scholar and educator with vision and leadership skills to engage a department of outstanding faculty, students, and staff in shaping a productive, collegial environment, and to build upon nationally recognized strengths in research, graduate and undergraduate education, and collaboration with industry.
Lehigh’s CEE Department is consistently ranked among the top 25 nationally. The department has 20 full-time faculty members, and approximately 80 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students. Civil Engineering was one of five schools of instruction in Lehigh University’s original curriculum in 1865. The department currently awards B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and in Environmental Engineering; and M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, in Environmental Engineering, and in Structural Engineering.
CEE faculty have developed nationally recognized research programs in Structures and Infrastructure Systems, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering, and Water Resources. Department annual research expenditures are approximately $8 million. CEE faculty have access to excellent research facilities, including the internationally renowned Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center (www.atlss.lehigh.edu); the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Lehigh Experimental Facility (https://lehigh.designsafe-ci.org/facility/overview/); the historic Fritz Engineering Laboratory, and the Science, Technology, Environment and Policy Studies (STEPS) research facility housing Lehigh’s environmental engineering and environmental science research laboratories (www.lehigh.edu/steps/). Lehigh recently launched (April 2018) three new Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) to create exceptional new opportunities for multi-disciplinary team research: the Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (https://icpie.lehigh.edu/); the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (https://idisc.lehigh.edu/); and the Institute for Functional Materials and Devices (https://ifmd.lehigh.edu/). Each of these IRIs has approximately 80 faculty members from departments and colleges across Lehigh’s campus, working to create and support successful team research within a broad range of research thrusts.
Lehigh is a premier residential research university, ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year. Lehigh University is a coeducational, nondenominational, private university that offers a distinct academic environment of undergraduate and graduate students from across the globe. Lehigh offers majors and programs in five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Health. More than 5,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students call Lehigh "home." Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is situated on 1,600 acres in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. The university is engaged in the Campaign for Lehigh (https://gocampaign.lehigh.edu), a $1 billion-plus fundraising and engagement initiative to strengthen our efforts to attract the best students, develop new facilities and programs, and support research. Lehigh University is investing more than $250M over the next few years on new innovative research and academic programs to enhance its intellectual footprint; the Path to Prominence will advance the university’s mission and commitment to enhance student experiences. Investments will include upgrades to physical plants, research and teaching laboratories, and technical infrastructure.
We welcome applications from, and nominations for, individuals with a strong background in any Civil and Environmental Engineering related discipline. A candidate must possess a doctorate degree in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering or a closely related discipline; have an exceptional record of achievement in research, teaching, and service, with sufficient accomplishments for appointment as a tenured senior faculty member; and demonstrate commitment to supporting the advancement of fellow faculty members at all levels.
Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity, are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas. Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is a recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic science and engineering (http://advance.cc.Iehigh.edu). Lehigh provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including partner benefits. Information about Work/Life Balance for faculty can be found at: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/worklifebalance.html. LINC is a regional network of diverse organizations designed to assist new hires with dual career, community and cultural transition needs. Please see (https://dualcareer.lehigh.edu/lehigh-valley-life) for more information.
Review of applications will begin on 31 October 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) leadership and vision statement, (4) research statement, (5) diversity and inclusion statement, and (6) the names and contact information for at least three references to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14678. Inquiries and nominations can be directed to CEE.Dept.Chair.Search@lehigh.edu.