The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering (VSCEB) at Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a visionary and collaborative leader to serve as its next Director, tasked with continuing the advancement the School has achieved in recent years. The successful applicant will be an innovative thinker with a strategic vision for leading the school to a higher level of excellence and who can implement this vision with constituents including academia, government agencies, industry, and alumni.
The Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering is one of five schools/departments comprising the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. The school currently has 19 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 70 graduate students and about 350 undergraduate students. The school houses programs delivering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Engineering Science. Endowment support includes multiple generous scholarships and an active endowment campaign for excellence. Over the past 20 years, the school has significantly strengthened its faculty, programs, and research. The chemical engineering program is currently #120 in the Best Global Universities US News & World Report ranking (#17 in the United States). In 2008, the school was named the Gene and Linda Voiland School based on their generous support.
The Voiland School is recognized as one of the nation’s top chemical engineering programs in catalysis, with high-impact research in transformational energy technologies. The school has strong programs that cover a broad spectrum of traditional, emerging, and interdisciplinary areas of interest, including, but not limited to, thermal catalysis and kinetics; bioelectrochemical systems and electrocatalysis; molecular and cellular bioengineering; engineering education and biomechanics. Faculty in the School have interdisciplinary collaborations broadly across the university, with impacts in areas ranging from healthcare to environmental research. The Voiland School faculty and students collaborate extensively with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with the potential for collaborations with the new College of Medicine in Spokane. In addition, the school has developed productive national and international partnerships including through the WSU-PNNL graduate program. Candidates are invited to consult the school’s website for additional details on our academic and research programs (https://voiland.wsu.edu/).
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements on (i) personal research, (ii) diversity, and (iii) vision, including goals for the Voiland School’s educational and research programs as well as their leadership for achieving those goals. A list of four references (including postal addresses, phone numbers and email addresses) is also required. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2021. Applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. It is anticipated the appointment will begin fall 2021.
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WSU is an EEO/AA/ADA employer committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, on-site childcare availability, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering and math (see https://advance.wsu.edu/initiatives/). This position is part of WSU’s priority to build a diverse faculty and, as such, female and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering or a closely related field. Successful candidates will have an outstanding record of excellence in research and teaching commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor with demonstrated visionary leadership credentials and strong commitment to diversity and service to their organization.
About Washington State University
Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant research institution with an enrollment of approximately 30,000 students distributed across six campuses located in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick), Everett, and online Global. WSU is organized into seven colleges offering doctoral degrees in 44 disciplines; masters and bachelor’s degrees are offered in 55 areas of study. WSU is one of the largest residential universities in the West. Close collaborations also exist with the University of Idaho, a land-grant research university of 12,500 students located just eight miles from the main Pullman campus. WSU has excellent faculty-friendly policies, including a partner accommodation program.