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Campus/Location:University Park CampusDate Announced:01/18/2019Date Closing:open until filledJob Number:85210Classification:ExemptWork Unit: College Of EngineeringDepartment:Nuclear Engineering


The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering seeks a visionary leader and highly accomplished scholar to serve as Nuclear Engineering Department Head and invites applications, inquiries and nominations. The new Nuclear Engineering Department Head will have a unique opportunity to grow the department as it roughly doubles its number of faculty, and to establish its fundamental direction. Since 1997, the department has been merged with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Effective July 1, 2019, the head will reestablish a standalone department of nuclear engineering - the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, named after nuclear engineering alumnus Kenneth Lindquist and his wife and fellow Penn State graduate, Mary Alice Lindquist. This move will allow the College to further strengthen and grow an already nationally respected undergraduate and graduate degree program and research agenda in nuclear engineering. The nuclear graduate program is ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report. Penn State offers nuclear engineering students unique opportunities to learn and conduct research in state-of-the-art experimental facilities and a working nuclear research reactor under the supervision of internationally known faculty. Faculty and alumni have made exceptional contributions as innovative scholars, educators and practitioners. The new head will be well supported in building upon the considerable strengths of the department to further extend Penn State's impact on the field of nuclear engineering. Nuclear engineering is one of 13 departments and degree programs within the highly ranked Penn State College of Engineering. Under the leadership of Dean Justin Schwartz, who joined the College in August 2017, the College has outlined a bold vision for the future that emphasizes impact on society and embracing the challenges facing humankind, redefining multidisciplinary activity and engaging globally. Plans include expanding research and graduate education, taking a national leadership role on diversity and inclusion and creating a master plan for buildings and infrastructure. As a member of the College's leadership team, the head will play a critical role in the realization of the College's vision and execution of the plan. Reporting to the dean, the head is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finances, academic affairs and external relations and advancement. The successful candidate will be committed to enhancing the department's education, research and service missions and will possess the scholarly record, leadership skills and strategic capacity to create and advance the department. Additional essential qualifications include successful administrative experience in a university, industry or government environment; the ability to effectively engage a broad range of internal and external constituencies; and a commitment to equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will have the credentials to receive tenure as a full professor in the College. Penn State is a public, land grant, research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Annual enrollment at its 24 campuses totals more than 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

How To Apply On This Position

Nominations, confidential inquiries and applications (to include a CV and letter of interest) should be submitted online and sent via email to the university's consultants, Suzanne Teer and Melissa Fincher, at ...@wittkieffer.com. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 21, 2019. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.

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