University of Iowa
March 16, 2023
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DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER Requisition # 74617 Position Basics Type of Position TENURE-TRACK

Advertising Ends on: Extended Until Position is Filled Advertising Started on: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 College: College of Engineering Department: Industrial Engineering

Salary Salary: Commensurate Position Details Full/Part Time Status: Full Time

Position Description:

We're searching for a dedicated and experienced leader

The University of Iowa (UI) College of Engineering is excited to announce a national search for a Professor and Chair (Departmental Executive Officer—DEO) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), to begin August of 2023. The new Chair/DEO is expected to lead the department, enhance its visibility, promote high-quality research, and effectively recruit new undergraduate and graduate students. The DEO will shape the next generation of interdisciplinary industrial and systems engineering related to human factors, smart manufacturing, data analytics, operations research, health care, and financial engineering. The DEO will coordinate and manage the day-to-day academic operations as well as external connections, including education, research, recruitment, outreach to industry and government entities, and service activities. The department Chair/DEO will be appointed at the level of Professor with Tenure and will report to the Dean. Review of applications will begin in early December; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The major responsibilities of the Department Chair/DEO include:

  • Establishing a compelling vision that inspires others to engage in setting and executing the strategic direction for the department;

  • Recruiting productive and diverse faculty, promoting excellence in faculty research and educational endeavors, encourages and guides mentorship of faculty

  • Collaborating with faculty to expand existing and develop new approaches for recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to the ISE program;

  • Fostering a supportive, collaborative, and inclusive teaching, learning, and research environment for faculty, staff, and students;

  • Leading innovation in curriculum and educational programs, teaches courses, and advises students within department and collegiate programs;

  • Maintaining an active scholarship portfolio, including external funding and peer-reviewed publications; knows and respects faculty strengths and inspires their potential;

  • Management of the overall departmental budget and resources, and works with the development office to enhance departmental resources;

  • Serving as a member of the collegiate leadership team that guides strategic initiatives & resource allocation to allow the college to meet its mission, vision/goals;

  • Working collaboratively and effectively with multiple stakeholders to develop and execute the department's vision and strategic plan; integrating the department's vision, plan, and goals with those of the college and university; and promotes the department by engaging alumni, industrial representatives, and broader community;

  • Working actively to increase ISE student enrollment at the undergrad and grad level;

  • Facilitating and conducting outreach to external stakeholders (alumni, industry, advisory board, etc.)

  • About us

    The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Iowa is one of six academic units housed within the College of Engineering (CoE). Departmental faculty collaborates with the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and colleges across campus, including the College of Medicine, Pharmacy, Business, Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as industrial and government organizations. The department has a diversified portfolio of funding sources through the NSF, DoD, NIH, foundations, and corporations. Our faculty are integrated into interdisciplinary research units: the Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research – Hydroscience and Engineering, Iowa Technology Institute, Public Policy Center, Injury Prevention Research Center, and the National Advanced Driving Simulator, among others. Further information about the department can be found at https: //

    The University of Iowa as a premier research university fosters exchange of ideas. The university understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education. We embrace our shared responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members can unlock their own potential. Faculty in the College of Engineering contribute to DEI by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that challenge the status quo, cultivate empathy, seek out diverse perspectives, and value global citizenship. To learn more, visit https: //

    The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a Midwestern college town with modest cost of living, an excellent public school system, excellent healthcare with a world-class teaching hospital, and superior venues for the performing arts (https:// www. The University of Iowa is committed to recruiting and retaining the most talented and diverse faculty and staff, which includes providing opportunities for employees to “Build a Career Build a Life.” The university offers several benefits to support faculty and their families in achieving a healthy work/life balance. For more information, visit https://

    The college of engineering is one of 12 colleges at The University of Iowa. This research environment is highly collaborative and designed to push breakthrough ideas that cross boundaries and challenge assumptions. The highly motivated faculty are engaged in different modes of teaching, research, and service.

    The DEO reports directly to the Dean of the College and is a tenured Full Professor charged with providing strategic and operational leadership that promotes excellence in the faculty missions in research, education, and service. This charge includes working with faculty to develop the department's vision and execute the department's strategic plan. The DEO also provides leadership in the areas of faculty recruitment, development, and retention; mentoring of junior faculty; overall quality improvement; and budget management.

    The DEO works collaboratively with the dean, associate deans, other DEOs, faculty, program directors, and staff to advance education, scholarship, and service in a culture that promotes innovation, participation, collegiality, professionalism, and excellence. The DEO also serves as an important communication link between the department and other units of the college and university.

    Our next DEO steps into an exciting time of change in the college, with a new financial management plan, and unbridled opportunities to collaborate with our colleagues in our research centers, liberal arts, and medicine. Candidates should have the ability to engage our faculty and students in a vision for the department's future that takes advantage of our many opportunities. Our college looks forward to growing over the next couple years through our substantial strategic hiring initiative.

    Discover more

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering:https: //

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    About the College of Engineering: https: //

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    About the University of Iowa: https: //

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    How to apply

    Inquiries regarding the position can be made to Dr. Dan McGehee ([email protected]) or Dr. Joe Reinhardt ([email protected]), the search committee co-chairs. Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a letter describing what attracts the candidate to this opportunity and how their accomplishments have prepared them for this leadership role. Candidates shall also provide a statement identifying how their past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will advance the University of Iowa commitment to inclusive excellence.

    Education Requirement:

    Candidates must have a doctorate in industrial engineering or a related field

    Required Qualifications:

    Candidates must demonstrate a strong track record of leadership experience, an understanding of the academic and research enterprise, and show enthusiasm for working across engineering disciplines and colleges at the University of Iowa. Candidates must have a doctorate in industrial engineering or a related field and possess a strong scholarly, funding, and teaching record that merits an appointment to Full Professor at the University of Iowa. Candidates are expected to have a significant record of high-quality and productive research involving extramurally funded projects that include organization and leadership of teams of peers. Candidates must have a commitment to educational excellence; outstanding communication and interpersonal skills that promote transparency, respect, effective problem resolution, and ethical decision- making; an understanding of and commitment to shared governance; and demonstrated engagement in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environment.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    Desirable qualifications include a scholarly research program aligned with current departmental research thrusts, demonstrated experience building partnerships across academic disciplines, and successful experiences in managing a diverse group of scholars and students to strive for excellence in research, teaching, and service. In addition, demonstrating a strong network across R1 universities and industry is a plus. Direct experience working with research institutes and/or centers is desired.

    Online Application Required Documents

    Curriculum Vitae Name and Contact Information of References Letter of Interest Statement on DEI

    Number of References: 3

    To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

    Contact Information

    Contact: Daniel V McGehee - [email protected] Cend-Industrial Engineering Seamans Center 103 South Capitol Street 4629 SC Iowa City, IA 52242 Phone: 319-335-6819 Department URL: https: //

    The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Institutional Equity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

    Persons with disabilities may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or [email protected], to inquire or discuss accommodation needs.

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