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Position Announcement | October 2022

Faculty Position
Professor and Chair

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is an internationally known program and ranks in the top twenty of all mechanical engineering graduate and undergraduate programs in the nation according to US News and World Report rankings. Responsibilities of the Chair include providing leadership to a growing and vibrant research program in the department, stewardship of strong academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, building experiential learning opportunities for students, working with our advancement group to increase financial support for the department, and cultivating industrial partnerships. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is home to 44 Faculty, seven NAE members, 24 plus Staff, nearly 1,500 Students, and over 11,000 alumni. With expenditures of nearly $30M/year, the department is a leading unit in the Clark School of Engineering in terms of Research and Innovation at the University of Maryland. The department offers degree programs in Mechanical Engineering and Reliability Engineering at its primary location in College Park, MD as well as the University System of Maryland in Southern Maryland, and at Frostburg. The department is home to the Center for Environment Energy Engineering, the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, Center for Risk and Reliability, Center for Sustainability in the Built Environment, and the Center for Engineering Concepts Development.

The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland serves as the catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, preparing our students to create innovations that will address the 21st century Grand Challenges (e.g., energy, environment, security, and human health) and improve the human condition. The Clark School is dedicated to leading and transforming the engineering discipline and profession, to accelerating entrepreneurship, and to transforming research and learning activities into new innovations that benefit millions.

Education: Doctorate in mechanical engineering, or a closely related field;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Strong leadership and management ability with proven inter-personal skills; a proven research record with evidence of international recognition, and a commitment to diverse, equitable and inclusive engineering education.

Applicants must be qualified for appointment as a tenured full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Additional Information:  For best consideration, applications should be submitted by November 30, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please apply by uploading the following documents through the UMD employment website at, position 127793:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research Statement (examples: research statement, research programs)
  4. Teaching Statement (examples: teaching philosophy, student evaluations)
  5. List of References (contact information for 5) References will only be contacted at a certain stage in the process and candidates will be notified before references are requested.
  6. Vision Statement for the Department (Limit 2 pages)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering ( hosts vibrant education and research programs and is currently ranked in the top twenty to twenty five of all mechanical engineering graduate and undergraduate programs within the United States. Department faculty members are encouraged to establish multi-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues and leverage a broad spectrum of shared research facilities. The University of Maryland has strong research ties with many government agencies, institutes, research laboratories, and other organizations located in the greater D.C. area.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Published October 25, 2022