Professor and Department Head - Mining Engineering

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Mining Engineering, Academic Affairs

Position Title: Professor and Department Head - Mining Engineering
Job Description:

The Department of Mining Engineering is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic leader to head the Department. We seek a recognized  and experienced individual with strong credentials ideally among all of the following sectors:  industrial, education and research.  The successful candidate will bring a proven track record of leadership, vision, and mentoring.  We seek candidates excited to share in our mission to address the challenges of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of engineers and leaders, and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research. The department head will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research and teaching, and to extending our partnerships with industry.  We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s diversity commitment.


The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to:

  • Provide leadership to enhance the mission and activities of the Department by fostering a vision and strategy to strengthen the research and teaching in the Department.
  • Oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development of the Department.
  • Promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation.
  • Facilitate a world-class environment for research in mining and earth resource development, management, and engineering with active collaborations with academia and industry.
  • Administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities.
  • Represent the Department to the university administration, other university units, industry, and to public and private agencies at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • Oversee recruitment and retention of excellent faculty, staff, and students.
  • Lead fund-raising for departmental activities, budget preparation and management.

Department Heads at Mines are also expected to teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering or a related field, and a proven track record in research, education and service.  Applicants for appointment as a tenured faculty member should meet the criteria for the rank of Professor.  Applicants for appointment as a Professor of Practice should provide evidence of pre-eminence in technical and managerial skills and experience in major leadership positions in the industry.  For either type of appointment, administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management are highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are a must. The successful candidate will have demonstrated high ethical standards and is expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. The successful candidate should be responsive to the needs of the faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance the diversity of faculty, staff, and students.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired.  Also desired is experience working in or with industry.
Department Description:

The Mining Engineering Department currently has 12 tenured/tenure track faculty, 6 Professors of Practice (one full-time, and 5 part-time), 4 research faculty, 5 research associates, 11 technical staff, 100 undergraduates, and about 55 graduate students.  The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Mining Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering, Earth Resources Development and Engineering, and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering, as well as a new online Professional Master’s degree in Mining Engineering and Management.  The Department also is the home for the Edgar Experimental Mine and the Explosives Research Laboratory at the Idaho Springs campus of the Colorado School of Mines, and the Earth Mechanics Institute on the Golden campus.  The Energy, Mining and Civil Industry Safety (EMCIS) program also resides in the department.  Other resources include laboratories for mineral processing, equipment for field studies and summer field camp, the Mintec computer laboratory for modeling, and a new laboratory for virtual reality and visualization. For more information about the Department of Mining Engineering, visit   

How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, names and contact information for three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested, veterans status) and upload the following: a cover letter addressing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a vision statement for leading the Department, a research statement, a teaching statement (including any experience you have in online education), and a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (required). Review of applications will begin by September 1, 2018.
Compensation: Starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information. Mines provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health and dental insurance. Part of Mines' mission is to create a family-friendly environment supported through our dependent tuition benefits, parental leave benefits, and dependent care assistance plan, as well as in special events, camps, and programming. For more information visit:
Background Investigation Required: Yes

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