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Department Head and Professor - Mechanical Engineering

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Work type: Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Golden
Categories: Mechanical Engineering, Director/Executive/Management, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)


Position Title: Department Head and Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Pay Range:

Mines is offering a salary of $184,000 - $225,000, including compensation and summer salary for the department head role. The base pay is $138,000 - $168,000. 

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

Mines Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a tenured, full professor to serve as Department Head. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a related field and possess a proven, successful track record in research, teaching, and service. Administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management is highly desirable. Inspiring leadership qualities, enthusiasm, effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills are critical. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards and are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. Successful candidates should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the Department and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity. Experience in teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired, while experience working in or with industry is valued. Successful candidates will 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 its research and teaching and to enhance collaboration with other programs across campus;
  • Oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development;
  • Promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, particularly in the areas of research program development and educational innovation;
  • Facilitate a world-class environment for research in Mechanical Engineering with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies;
  • Administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty;
  • 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 of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students;
  • Lead fund-raising for Departmental activities, budget preparation, and management; and
  • Teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program.

The Department Head will need to ensure that the Mechanical Engineering Department continues to excel at undergraduate education, increase the volume and impact of research, grow the graduate program by recruiting and retaining highly qualified graduate students, and position the Department to support Mines’ strategic university plan (Mines@150).  Successful candidates will be 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. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the Department of Mechanical Engineering seeks candidates who will contribute to growing the Department’s research and education focused on society’s major challenges related to earth, energy, environment, and sustainability. For further information about the position or the Department vision, please contact Prof. Peter Aaen (search chair) at 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or STEM-related discipline.
  • Full professor level or in process of promotion to Full Professor.
  • 10+ years of experience working in an academic environment to include experience in teaching, scholarship, and service; and national and international professional recognition.
  • 5+ years of administrative experience and evidence of successful personnel and financial management. 
  • Experience collaborating in interdisciplinary academic and professional contexts.
  • A strong record of commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and skill in working with diverse populations of faculty, students, and staff.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience balancing teaching, research, and administrative duties; specific experience with prioritization and balancing competing priorities that are typical in a leadership role.
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty, including faculty and/or employee development and growth.
About the Department, Mines & Golden, CO:

Colorado School of Mines is located in picturesque Golden, at the foothills of the Rockies, 15 miles west of Denver and 20 miles south of Boulder. Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine in 2020.

Mines Mechanical Engineering is the largest Department on campus, with over 1,290 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, and 46 full-time faculty members. The Department prides itself on providing a challenging and yet rewarding, hands-on and project-based learning experience for undergraduate students who, upon graduation, serve as highly successful engineers, scholars and citizens. The Department also prides itself on research productivity; 12 Ph.D. students graduated from Mines ME in the 2019-2020 academic year and Mechanical Engineering faculty were awarded $11.9 million in contract research grants in 2019-2020. The Department is focused on education, and both basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interest in the areas of thermal-fluid systems, systems/operations engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics automation, and solid mechanics and materials. Major specialty programs for undergraduate and graduate students include aerospace engineering, robotics, automotive engineering, bio-mechanics, and systems engineering/operations research. More information can be found at and

Mines produces industry-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 has 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 policies, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility (  

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit  

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.  
How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should apply online as soon as possible. For full consideration, applications should be received by April 15, 2021. The search committee will start reviewing applications on April 15, 2021 and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.  

The application must include:  

  1. a curriculum vitae,   

  1. a vision statement (2pg),  

  1. a statement of research (3 pg),   

  1. a statement of teaching (1pg),   

  1. a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (1 pg), and  

  1. a cover letter expressing interest in the position with names and contact information for at least 3 references.  

Contributions to D&I: Candidates should submit a 1-page statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion and Access (for more information visit The diversity and inclusion statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.  

Research Statement: Describe how your research relates to and complements research activities and expertise at Mines, its expected impact, its relevance to broader grand challenge themes (e.g., energy, health, sustainability, etc.), and current or future connections to industry and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Please be sure to describe any transdisciplinary aspects of your research. (For more information visit and  

Teaching Statement: Mines is growing its online MS nonthesis degree programs. We are committed to high quality, exciting online instruction. In addition to your teaching philosophy and experience, describe any experience you have in online education. 

Background Investigation Required: Yes

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