Position Title Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Job Summary/Basic Function
Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Lamar University in
their search for Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
For best consideration, please apply by February 8, 2022
As a result of three retirements and two internal promotions, the College of
Engineering at Lamar University is hiring five Chair positions in the
following areas: Chemical & Biomolecular; Civil & Environmental; Electrical;
Industrial and Systems; and Mechanical.
This is an exceptional opportunity and transformational time to join a
financially sound University and College enjoying strong state funding, rich
local resources with unlimited industry partnerships, community support, and
alumni involvement in a University with top down support by President Jaime R.
Taylor who brings a PhD in Engineering Science and intimate knowledge of the
potential held by the College of Engineering.
Lamar University's College of Engineering offers a modern, affordable
education deep in the heart of one of the most economically important regions
in the world. The College is ranked first in the state and third nationwide
for return on investment for engineering majors out of more than 500 US
colleges along with additional national recognition across all departments.
Faculty members continually receive state and national recognition in
professional excellence as well as secure funding.
Lamar University, a national Carnegie Doctoral Research university and part of
the Texas State University System, is filled with inspired and inspiring
students and faculty alike who make lifelong impacts in their surrounding
The successful candidate is student focused and through strong industry
partnerships and collaboration is committed to grow student investment and
enrollment and produce job-ready graduates. The next Chair is a strong
promoter of research and faculty development.
Exceptional candidates may also be considered for an endowed
chair/distinguished professor position. Qualification for this distinguished
professorship/endowed chair will be evaluated every three years based on
goals, achievements, and leadership.
Research expenditures average $1.5 million annually with projects associated
with the Center for Resiliency; Texas Air Research Center; Texas Hazardous
Waste Center; Center for Midstream Management and Science and the Center for
Advances in Port Management. Research funding sources include the National
Science Foundation; National Academies of Sciences; Engineering and Medicine;
the State of Texas; the port and terminal; and industry, engineering and
manufacturing companies in the Southeast Texas area. Lamar University is also
leading the Southeast Texas Flood Coordination Study which is a partnership of
local, state, federal government, industry, and universities looking to
mitigate the effects of flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast. Their recently
completed, state of the art Emerson Advanced Technology Center – the result of
an over $2.1 million investment in Lamar's training capabilities – allows
students to learn control system fundamentals to cutting edge control system
technologies in a safe and controlled environment.
Located near The Sabine-Neches Waterway (home of The Port of Beaumont, Port
of Port Arthur, Port of Orange and lined with privately owned marine
terminals) – a key transportation hub and major economic driver in the state
of Texas, with more than 66,000 direct, indirect, induced and related user
jobs – as well as 75 petrochemical sites within a 25-mile radius, engineering
students are geographically well-resourced to immediately locate important,
deeply rewarding engineering jobs upon graduation in the Southeast Texas area.
The surrounding community of Beaumont offers incredible affordability and
vibrant lifestyle opportunities – a cosmopolitan city on the gulf coast, with
a bustling restaurant scene, warm winter months, and beautiful coastlines –
makes this a premier, life changing experience for any up-and-coming engineer
or engineering professor.
Lamar University, a public, Carnegie Doctoral Research University, is seeking
a Department Chair to lead the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Exceptional candidates
may also be considered for and endowed chair/distinguished professor position.
Qualification for this distinguished professorship/endowed chair will be
evaluated every three years based on goals, achievements, and leadership.
Lamar University (LU), a member of the Texas State University System, has
experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, with an enrollment of
17,000. LU has been recognized nationally for its general education core
curriculum, leadership in online education, and selection as a member of the
Honor Roll of the Chronicle of Higher Education's “Great Colleges to Work
LU is located in Beaumont, in the southeastern region of Texas on the Texas
Gulf Coast and is a major contributor to the nation's oil and gas,
transportation, refining and supply. LU College of Engineering (COE) is
affiliated with six research centers, including the Center for Resiliency
(CfR), Center for Advances in Port Management (CAPM), Center of Midstream
Management and Science (CMMS), Center for Advances in Water and Air Quality
(CAWAQ), Texas Air Research Center (TARC), and the Texas Hazardous Waste
Research Center (THWRC).
The LUCOE offers a modern, affordable education deep in the heart of one of
the most economically important regions in the world. Seventy-five
petrochemical facilities are located within a 20-mile radius of Lamar
University's beautiful campus. The LUCOE is consistently ranked in the top
five nationally for higher education value and return on investment. Our six
research centers offer a tremendous amount of support to the College of
Engineering's faculty and students.
The LUCOE has a longstanding history of providing a high value, student-
centric education and collaboration with industry. The LUCOE is embarking on
an exciting journey of growth and enhanced partnerships with industry, while
continuing to enrich our student-centric world class education. The
opportunity for the LUCOE to hire five world class leaders to serve as
department chairs for all five of LUCOE's engineering departments provides
successful candidates an amazing transformative opportunity.
Position Summary/Basic Function
Lamar University invites applicants for a full-time, tenured faculty position
(essential that the successful candidate will be able receive tenure at Lamar
University) at the Associate/Full Professor level in the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a bachelor of
science in civil engineering, master of engineering in civil engineering,
master of engineering science in civil engineering, masters of science in
environmental engineering, masters of science in environmental studies and a
Doctor of Engineering in civil engineering. The bachelor's program in civil
engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
https: // www. abet.org/. The department has approximately 175 students and 7
The department chair will represent and advocate for all departmental faculty,
staff, students and programs; manage departmental personnel, budget and
resources; oversee program reviews; evaluate faculty and staff; oversee course
schedule building process, lead departmental recruiting and retention efforts;
develop new academic programs; assist in building/strengthening industry
partnership; and provide leadership in the university, state, and region, thus
promoting excellence in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the
undergraduate and graduate levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the department's domestic and international student recruiting and retention efforts at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Provide leadership for all departmental programs and ensure that curriculum, instruction, assessment, and research are innovative, of the highest quality, aligned with college and university strategic plans, and ABET and SACS requirements.
Modernize the curriculum and methods of course delivery. Develop certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels within the department and through collaboration with other departments within the college of engineering.
Serve as a leader in departmental and collaborative governmental and industry funded research efforts.
Oversee departmental administration including scheduling and staffing courses, administering the budget, overseeing staff, and the day-to-day operations of the department.
Provide leadership and effective representation for the department at the college and university levels, including establishment and implementation of college and university policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Foster effective, mutually beneficial relationships with local, state, and national agencies, as well other constituencies relevant to programs represented in the Department.
Facilitate faculty development and collaboration and engage in meaningful evaluation of faculty.
About the University
Home to more than 17,000 students, Lamar University is among the fastest
growing Texas colleges and universities. Lamar University (LU) is a member
of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education
system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any
university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community
that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.
The university stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning
at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and
supporting an excellent Honors Program. Lamar University is accredited by the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one
of 29 public universities recognized as a Doctoral/Research University by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Several LU colleges and
programs hold additional specialized certifications and accreditations
recognizing their quality and expertise.
Lamar University ranks in top 10 best public universities in Texas.
About the College of Engineering
The College of Engineering has five academic departments: Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical
Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Bachelors, Masters, and doctoral degrees are offered in each of the five
departments. College of Engineering (LUCOE) students have numerous
employment opportunities during and after graduation through the co-op and
internship program. With 46 full-time faculty members, 1,313 undergraduate
students, 227 masters' students and 70 doctoral students, LUCOE remains
steadfast in their commitment to students who may have difficulties in the
recovering job market. All 15 masters' degree options in the LUCOE now offer
4+1 pathways, and there are six new certificates that students can take as
part of their degree program or as a standalone certificate for nondegree
seeking students. More information about the 4+1s and the certificates can be
found at Degrees and Programs. Lamar University recently created the Center
for Resiliency (CfR) that will serve the State of Texas by establishing a
networking center and data collaborative for multi-disaster resiliency in
alignment with the Lamar University vision of leadership in quality
educational opportunities, community engagement, economic impact, and
accessibility. The College of Engineering offers the opportunities and
attention of a private university, at the expense of a public institution with
the motto of “Imagine it. Design it. Build it. Improve it.”
For additional information about Lamar University, College of Engineering and
the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering please visit:
https: // www. lamar.edu/, https: // www. lamar.edu/engineering/index.html and
https: // www. lamar.edu/engineering/civil/index.html.
Living in the Area
With a population of over 115,000, Beaumont, Texas boasts a lower cost of
living than the national average and most cities in the state. The area's
destiny changed course dramatically in 1901 when the first oil well blew in
the nearby Spindletop field and turned the area from a quiet lumber and port
town into a thriving oil and gas economy, with one of the largest
concentrations of oil refineries, oil, and petrochemical-related businesses in
the state. This has given way to countless job opportunities in the area – for
science, research, engineering, and higher education. Living in Beaumont has a
cosmopolitan and small town feel wrapped in one – it can be fast paced, as
people typically live and work closely together, but also has strong small
town community roots and friendly neighbors ready to lend a hand. There is
always a new restaurant to try and good nightlife in the area. Education
options are abundant in Beaumont, with all education rankings high on national
and statewide levels compared to other cities. The gulf coastline offers
sweeping, gorgeous sunsets and beach strolls, with exciting places like
Houston or Lake Charles, LA for getaways only an hour away.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is
the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-
relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age,
disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities,
admissions or employment practices.
Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience)
Minimum Required Qualifications and Experience
Earned terminal degree in civil engineering or equivalent.
Demonstrated experience to be appointed to the academic rank of Associate/Full Professor with tenure.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated effective leadership.
Demonstrated experience with ABET and SACS accreditation processes.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
Success securing and mentoring external funding.
Demonstrated experience in recruiting and retention.
The following applies to candidates who are also interested in and may
qualify for the Endowed Chair:
Qualifications to be Considered for an Endowed Chair Position
Endowed chair candidates are expected to have an established record of
outstanding intellectual achievement in research and education, as measured by
scholarly activity, an international professional reputation, and a
demonstrated ability for leadership.
Expectations of an Endowed Chair (Additional Opportunity)
The endowed chair holder is expected to continue their outstanding scholarly
activity. This may include scholarship in discovery, integration, application,
Evaluation criteria include impact and contribution to the holder's
department, the profession, and society at large.
The endowed chair holder is expected to:
Provide leadership and impact, on an ongoing basis, throughout his or her term as an endowed chair holder.
Examples of this leadership include, but are not limited to:
Developing and executing a high impact research agenda
Developing multi-investigator programs and multi-disciplinary laboratories
Developing innovative educational programs and curricula, fostering collaborations across the College, University, academic field, and industry
The recruitment and supervision of high-quality graduate and undergraduate students
The recruitment and mentoring of new faculty members
Outreach to the broader community.
Through these tasks, the holder will build and/or enhance the reputation of
the department, the College, and the University.
The endowed position holder is also expected to interact fully with other
faculty members, maintain a teaching load involving both undergraduate and
graduate courses, and responsibilities for student supervision and committee
assignments. The endowed chair holder's activities, teaching load,
departmental leadership, and other assignments will be reviewed annually with
the dean, subject to departmental, college and university policy and existing
agreements. The endowed chair position performance will be formally reviewed
every three years subject to university policy.
Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience)
Preference will be given to applicants who meet the requirements listed above
and one or more of the following:
Experience in higher education as a department chair, program coordinator or comparable leadership position.
Experience developing new academic programs and certificates, etc.
Experience in online education.
Experience evaluating and mentoring faculty and managing other personnel.
Experience serving as an ABET PEV.
Experience in industry/university partnership development and operations.
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran
applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.
Security Sensitive Statement
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of
the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain
criminal history record information.
Lamar Expectation of Quality
Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality,
professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.
Open Date 01/12/2022
Open Until Filled Yes
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