Department Chair - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Department Chair - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Clemson, SC


Clemson University
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Search for Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Applications are sought for the position of Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. Candidates for the position must have an earned doctorate in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field, a solid record of scholarly research and publication, experience with a diversified base of externally funded research, a commitment to excellence in teaching, the ability to recruit and mentor a diverse group of talent, and demonstration of strong leadership and communication skills.

Qualified candidates will seek a primary tenured appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The department includes Ph.D., M.S., and ABET-accredited B.S. programs in Chemical Engineering. There are currently 16 faculty members. Enrollment includes 178 undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors), 5 MS students, and 44 PhD students. Seven administrative and technical staff members provide excellent support to the ChBE Department. Additional information about the department can be found at:

Clemson is a Carnegie “Very High Research Activity” (R1) University and is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte, combining excellent cost-of-living with accessible work-life-family balance. We enroll over 27,000 students, including over 5,000 ethnic minorities and 1,500 international students.

The following criteria will be used for the search for the department chair.

  • A leader with both a national and an international reputation and an appropriate doctoral degree in a discipline relevant to Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
  • Significant leadership and administrative experience in supervising, mentoring, facilitating the TPR process, recruiting faculty and staff, and building educational and research programs
  • Exemplary record of research and scholarship Ability to recruit and mentor a diverse group of talent with demonstrated outcomes as the leader of a large enterprise.
  • A vision for leadership in education, scholarship, and research for the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 

Leadership The Department Chair will provide overall leadership for the department to educate and mentor students, guide faculty and staff; facilitate TPR processes, committees, advisory board(s) and other key policies and organizational elements. The successful candidate will lead day-to-day operations and financial administration of the department, engage with college and university leadership teams, and work with various stakeholders across the university, community and alumni.

Academics The Department Chair will provide leadership and coordination on all academic matters such as curriculum processes, working with faculty to design and develop appropriate academic curricular offerings, building on the foundation of the current program and developing new innovative educational experiences that will leverage the assets of the department and yield the greatest impact on student outcomes and success.

Research The Department Chair will provide leadership for high impact, cross-disciplinary research that will connect a multitude of stakeholders across and beyond the university.

Outreach and Engagement The Department Chair will engage with various internal and external stakeholders to position the department for maximum visibility and impact.

Development The Department Chair, working closely with the Dean and development team, will pursue appropriate philanthropic opportunities with individuals and corporate partners in support of scholarships, professorships, and gift opportunities for facilities and equipment.

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