Department Head and Professor - Civil & Environmental Engineering (Open to Current Mines Employees Only)

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

Position Title: Department Head and Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Open to Current Mines Employees Only)

The Opportunity:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a tenured, full professor to head the Department. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field, and a proven track record in research and service. Applicants must be current employees of Colorado School of Mines. 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. 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 teaching and working in an academic environment is highly desired, and experience working in or with industry is a plus. Successful candidates will work effectively in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment within the Department, across the Mines campus, and with external partners to: 

(1) 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; 

(2) oversee management of the Department, with budgetary responsibilities for strategic, academic, and operational development; 

(3) promote and support continued professional growth of faculty and staff, in particular in the area of educational innovation; 

(4) facilitate a world-class environment for research in Civil and Environmental Engineering with active collaborations with academia, industry, and government agencies 

(5) administer and lead the renewal of curricula and teaching activities of academic and adjunct faculty; 

(6) 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; 

(7) oversee recruitment of world-class faculty, and facilitate professional development, and retention of faculty, staff, and students; 

(8) lead fund-raising for departmental activities, budget preparation, and management; and 

(9) teach courses, advise graduate students, and maintain a leading international research program. 

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 Civil and Environmental 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, please contact Prof. Jennifer Miskimins (search chair) at

Department Description:

The CEE Department focuses on education and basic and applied research that addresses problems of national interests. CEE is home for multiple active research centers including an industry-sponsored Center on Underground Construction and Tunneling (UCT) and a University Transportation Center focused on underground transportation infrastructure (funded by U.S. DOT). The department also hosts multiple centers on urban water systems and natural resources, including ReNUWIt (funded by NSF), WE2ST (funded by ConocoPhillips) and Aqwatec Advanced Water Technology Center. Our undergraduate enrollment is 444, including 253 students in Civil Engineering (39% female) and 191 Environmental Engineering students (67% female). We maintain a high-quality, well-funded research program (~$9 million in annual research awards) with strong participation from students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Approximately 140 graduate students study within a broad research portfolio.  We pride ourselves on exceptional education and seek applicants who can contribute to our students’ experiences. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the University’s and Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  More information about Mines and the CEE department 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 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 (

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

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should apply online at Applications should be received no later than November 1, 2020. The application must include:

  1. a curriculum vitae, 
  2. a vision statement (2pg),
  3. a statement of contributions to Diversity and Inclusion (1pg), and
  4. 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. 

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:

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