Job Details

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Position Number: 2162464
  • Location: Chattanooga, TN
  • Position Type: Engineering - Electrical

Department Head, Electrical Engineering

Department Head, Electrical Engineering - 19000001PF


The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for the Department Head position with the successful applicant starting on August 1, 2020.


Successful candidates must have the following requirements:
  • Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field;
  • Demonstrated strong peer-reviewed grant development experience, high quality research, and scholarship supported by federal, state, and/or industry funding;
  • Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching;
  • Proven leadership experience and commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstrated experience with ABET and regional accreditation; and
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers degrees at BS and MS levels, serves over 170 majors and graduates approximately 35 students per year. The department consists of eight full-time faculty members with expertise in cross-cutting disciplines of power systems, microelectronics, robotics and controls, space systems, internet-of-things, communications, sustainability and renewable energy. The faculty conduct research funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and various commercial industries. The college also offers a PhD degree in Computational Science (Computational Engineering concentration) with a focus in Electrical Engineering. The program and activities of the departmentalong with collaborations with the UTC Center of Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering, the UTC Center for Urban Informatics and Progress, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Electric Power Board (EPB), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as strong community and industry supportpresent a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to have greater regional and national impact.

Responsibilities of the Department Head include, but are not limited to: being a strong advocate for the department; promoting and supporting teaching, research and scholarly activities, as well as professional service activities; ensuring alignment of the long-term vision and goals of the department with the ones for the college and the university; formulation of a strategic plan for equity, inclusion, and diversity; advancing community engagement; development of initiatives that ensure student success; teaching assignments; and providing sound programmatic, operational, and financial stewardship for the department.

Application Procedures:

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Teaching statement
  • Research statement
  • Administrative Philosophy statement

Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses of five (5) references who will be requested to write confidential letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of several interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coca-Cola United, and Amazon have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, Huntsville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.


Primary Location

Engineering Electrical Campus/Institute Chattanooga


Job Posting
Sep 10, 2019, 8:06:57 AM

EEO/AA Statement /Non-Discrimination Statement
The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), ADEA (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 201 Human Resources Center, Dept. 5455, 615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598, telephone (423) 425-5468. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity

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