Job ID: 133106

Department Head and Professor

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

  • Nov. 6, 2019
  • Department Head and Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
    Rapid City, SD
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Ecological and Environmental
    Civil Engineering

Department Head and Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for the position of Department Head and Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. This is a 12-month position. The desired start date for the position is June 22, 2020. The successful applicant will possess an earned doctorate in Civil and/or Environmental Engineering or a closely related field, from an accredited university, with a record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to warrant a tenured appointment, pending SD Board of Regents approval. The successful applicant should also have the vision and ability to lead a faculty representing a diversified range of interests, a balanced perspective on research and teaching, a history of successful research in a field that complements existing departmental strengths, the ability to initiate and implement cross-disciplinary activities, and demonstrated successful administrative skills.

The Department Head supervises the CEE faculty and staff and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The CEE Department Head also oversees the Construction Engineering Management graduate program. The primary responsibilities of the Department Head are to provide visionary leadership; to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service; to advance professional development of the faculty and staff; to foster growth in the areas of enrollment, research, and fundraising; to promote productive relationships with students, parents, alumni, industry, and government agencies; to demonstrate a commitment to the cultivation of an ethnically and culturally diverse learning community; and to foster productive interdisciplinary relationships with a variety of entities across the University community and beyond. The CEE Department Head will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

The CEE Department currently has 14 full-time faculty with broad expertise in the areas of structures, materials, geotechnical, water resources and environmental engineering. Department enrollment is approximately 243 undergraduate and 63 graduate students. The department supports minors in Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Engineering and Global Engineering. The department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in Civil Engineering as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a MS in Construction Engineering Management. In addition, the CEE Department is closely affiliated with the Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP), Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining (AMP) Laboratory, Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) Laboratory, and 2D materials for Biofilm Science, Engineering and Technology (2D-BEST) center to support student and faculty endeavors.

Established in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, South Dakota. South Dakota Mines is a public university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering and science. Known for our academic rigor, we maintain a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our graduates have a 97% placement rate. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,700 students from 45 states and 35 countries. Rapid City is the state’s second, largest city (with an urban population of 74,421 and metropolitan population of 199,656) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: and

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including paid medical and life insurance for our employees, as well as medical, dental and vision coverage for spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

SD Mines is an EEO/AA/ADA employer & provider.

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