Job ID: 183873

Professor and Department Head

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Apr. 13, 2022
  • Professor and Department Head
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Professor and Department Head


School of Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department beginning July 1, 2022.


The MME department plays a critical role in WPI's thriving teaching and research environment. The department has 35 full-time faculty and offers a fully ABET-accredited B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering. The MME department's faculty members, working in interdisciplinary collaborations with multiple affiliated faculty from other departments, are engaged at the forefront of multiple research areas including advanced manufacturing, energy, advanced materials, autonomous vehicles, space exploration, health and biotechnology, sensors and metrology, food and water, and engineering education.

The new Head will continue to build on the department's leading position in WPI's distinctive academic program, which has been recognized globally and nationally for

  • Interdisciplinary, project-based education with the NAE's Bernard M. Gordon prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education,
  • Faculty who are ranked #1 by the Wall Street Journal in balancing teaching and research, and
  • Progressive tenure and promotion policies that elevate teaching and provide multiple paths to promotion

Additionally, the 2021 COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey ranked WPI #1 among peers for faculty satisfaction with interdisciplinary work, mentoring, and collaboration.

Required qualifications for the position include: an earned doctorate in engineering or physical science related to mechanical or materials engineering, demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, a distinguished record in scholarship and funding commensurate with an appointment at the full professor level, and administrative experience.

The candidate must demonstrate outstanding leadership, management and mentoring ability, and a clear vision for the future of the department. The new Head will be expected to build upon the department's nationally recognized strengths to recruit and retain outstanding faculty with particular emphasis on institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Furthermore the candidate must be able to promote new funding opportunities and scholarly initiatives by fostering corporate relations, working with WPI's Advancement and Government / Community Relations offices, and facilitating internal and external research collaborations. Evidence of successful collaboration in multi-disciplinary teams is highly encouraged. The selected candidate is also expected to support the teaching and project advising mission of the department, while providing service to the professional community and WPI.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be addressed to Search Committee Chair at

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, separate teaching and research statements - each elucidating experience, interests, and leadership - a diversity statement, and the names and email addresses for five references.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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