The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University invites nominations and applications for the newly created position of the Head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Hopkins is one of the world’s premier research universities and has more grant and research funding than any other American university – with annual research expenditures of $3 billion. This is an outstanding opportunity for an accomplished scholar with leadership experience to lead and grow, in collaboration with the faculty, an exceptional department at the nation’s first research university. The best candidates will evidence the leadership, entrepreneurial zest, transparent practices, and collegiality that characterize the department’s culture. The position offers a unique leadership opportunity and will require the majority of the individual’s time, energy, and commitment; the ability and willingness to make this commitment will be critical for advancement in the following areas.
Expanding the overall research program of the Department is expected to be an important priority for the new Head. The Department Head’s role will include promoting research collaborations across the institution, developing incentive programs for new research endeavors, and recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty who will thrive in Hopkins’ rich intellectual and entrepreneurial research environment. The new Head will work to enhance and expand diversity at all levels in the department.
Whiting attracts substantial numbers of the very best students at all levels and the Head will create opportunities for curricula review and development, work with leaders within the department to expand popular programs (bachelors and masters level offerings), and better link student experiences with future employment opportunities.
Connections with industry can be further enhanced with greater attention on applications of discoveries. The new Head will work with the university’s technology commercialization program, faculty and students, and industry partners. S/he will also work closely with the school’s Development and Alumni Affairs leaders to increase philanthropic support.
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChemBE) has 17 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 3 full-time teaching faculty, 15 full-time and adjunct research faculty members, 351 undergraduates, 144 graduate students, and 22 postdoctoral fellows. The department’s research focus areas include Alternative Energy and Sustainability; Biomolecular Design and Engineering; Engineering in Health and Disease; Materials by Design; Micro and Nanotechnology. Over the last decade the Department’s Graduate Program ranking by US News and World Report has risen to 19th in the nation. The most recent NRC Assessment of American Ph.D. Programs (S-basis) placed the Department 7th in research productivity and 16th overall.
The newly created Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Head position will be the fourth in the Whiting School of Engineering, and the Dean is committed to providing the resources and support that will allow the Department to dramatically advance its mission. The new Head will be an exceptional and proven leader who can lead in a shared governance environment and inspire and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students. S/he will have a dossier that includes a strong track record of scholarship and teaching, as well as evidence of a passionate commitment to research, discovery, and application.
The new Head will have strong skills for mentoring junior faculty and will promote the interests of the entire department. Fundraising experience is preferred.
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The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are committed to building a diverse educational environment, and women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug free, smoke free workplace.
Congratulations to Dr. Honggang Cui for his promotion to associate professor with tenure! This is well-deserved recognition for Prof. Cui, an exceptional researcher, mentor, teacher, and colleague.
Assistant Professor Zachary Gagnon has been named a finalist for a Teaching Award in the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Awards for the Whiting School of Engineering.
Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni/ae are encouraged to submit letters of support explaining why Dr. Gagnon should win the award. The letters are due Tuesday, March 28.
Congratulations and best of luck to Dr. Gagnon.