Department Head and Professor - Electrical Engineering

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

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

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to head the department. We invite applications from qualified candidates committed to enhancing our education and research programs by advocating for and promoting the department through leading by example, strategic hiring, mentoring, and developing new resources and opportunities. The successful candidate will bring a proven track record of leadership, management, facilitation, vision, and mentoring.


The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment in order to: 

  • Support and enhance the education and research missions of the department, and build a department of distinction, achieving a high-quality vision through effective strategy.
  • Provide leadership in the management of the department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development and teaching activities and innovation.
  • Administer, promote, and lead electrical engineering research and fund-raising for research activities.
  • Represent and promote the department to the university administration, other university units, alumni, and both public and private agencies at local, regional, national, and international levels; including interactions with these entities and department alumni.
  • Oversee recruitment, professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Work strategically and collaboratively with other department heads to identify and develop new interdisciplinary and impactful opportunities for both faculty and students.

Department Heads at Mines also generally continue to teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research reputation.

Minimum Qualifications: The Department Head will be appointed as academic faculty at the full professor level in the department. Therefore, a doctorate in electrical engineering or a closely-related field with a distinguished record of accomplishment in scholarship, teaching and service as well as national and international recognition is required. Administrative experience and/or evidence of successful personnel and financial management are also desired. Strong leadership qualities, including effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills, are also strongly desired. The successful candidate will be expected to lead the department transparently and collegially and to be responsive to the needs of the students, staff, and faculty within the department while demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
About Mines, the Department, and Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is Colorado's oldest, most selective, and most highly ranked public university. Located in picturesque Golden, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Mines is 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder.

The Department of Electrical Engineering has 11 tenured and tenure-track faculty, five teaching faculty, and research faculty and support staff. The department strives to be the top choice in Colorado for students interested in learning electrical engineering while becoming leaders in the engineering profession who can serve the community and society at large. The department provides cutting-edge educational and research experiences in electrical engineering, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

At the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, the department currently provides educational and research opportunities in three topical areas: (1) compressive sensing, data analysis, control systems and optimization; (2) energy systems, electric power, power electronics, renewable energy, machines and drives; and (3) antennas, RF and microwaves, wireless communications, and computational electromagnetics. At the ABET-accredited B.S. level, the department focuses on a select number of subareas in electrical engineering, specifically: (1) energy systems and power electronics; (2) integrated circuits, computer engineering and electronic systems; (3) information and systems sciences; and (4) antennas and wireless communications.

The department’s educational and research programs are offered in concert with the university’s emphasis on “Earth, energy, and environment” and are characterized by strong ties with industrial partners and national laboratories such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. More information about the department is available at

Mines produces career-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility (

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, veteran status, etc.) and upload the following documents:

  1. a cover letter addressing qualifications and including a statement on philosophy for departmental leadership
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. a research statement
  4. a teaching statement (including any experience in online education)
  5. a 1-page statement on contributions to diversity and inclusion, describing past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (required)

Review of applications will begin by January 15, 2019. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee through Dr. Michael Wakin (

Total Rewards: 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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