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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Chair

University Of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, WI

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Position Summary:

The College of Engineering, Math and Science (EMS) at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the Chair of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MEIE) Department. We are pursuing exceptional candidates with proven leadership experience, demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and a strong track record of industry, federal, or state-funded research. The successful candidate will provide leadership, promote visibility, and be an advocate for the department to enhance existing academic programs and develop new programs to meet the evolving needs of industry.

The MEIE department is student-focused and generates the second largest number of BS ME graduates in the state of Wisconsin. Both ME and IE programs are known for their hands-on, experiential approach to engineering education and for their highly sought-after graduates. Construction of a new engineering building (~100,000 square feet) has been approved and the Mechanical Engineering Program and new MEIE chair will have an important role in leading the development of new laboratory facilities, with anticipated occupancy of the building in Fall 2022.


  • Provide a vision for the future of the department
  • Lead development of new programs, initiatives and curricular enhancements to meet the needs of current and future students and employers
  • Support the department’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, including ABET accreditation efforts
  • Lead development efforts and grow external relationships with corporate partners, employers, and alumni
  • Mentor and support the professional development of departmental faculty and staff
  • Work in collaboration with the dean and department chairs to achieve College or University priorities

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or related field
  • Associate professor rank or higher at prior institution
  • Proven leadership ability and experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Significant personnel and budget management experience
  • Proven commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Record of industry, federal or state-funded research

Application Deadline:

 Priority deadline: To ensure full consideration applications must be received by January 12, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.



The College of Engineering, Mathematics & Science

The College of EMS enrolls approximately 3,400 students in BS degree programs that are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical, Software Engineering and Engineering Physics; and BS degrees in Mathematics, Broad Field Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems.  In addition, UW-Platteville offers an online Master of Science in Engineering program, which has been designated as a “Best Buy” in online education. The Master of Science offers technical emphasis in Engineering Design, Applications in Engineering Management, Control (Electrical) Systems, or Structural/Geotechnical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering is the largest of UW-Platteville’s ABET-accredited programs, and the largest major on campus with 19 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 10 instructional academic staff, serving approximately 1,200 majors, and graduating approximately 190 students per year. The main program is housed on the UW-Platteville campus with an additional site at the UW-Oshkosh branch campus, UW-Fox Valley. The Industrial Engineering Program has 4 tenured/tenure-track faculty and 1 instructional academic staff, serves approximately 170 majors, and graduates approximately 45 students per year.

The Department has long-standing relations with industrial partners throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and beyond; such as John Deere, Kohler, Kimberly Clark, Greenheck, 3M, Subzero-Wolf, Boston-Scientific, Rockwell Automation, Plexus, Alliant Energy and others.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

Campus Information: The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, enrolls about 8,000 students in 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

For more information, please see the program web pages at:   https://www.uwplatt.edu/ems/mechanical-engineering and https://www.uwplatt.edu/ems/industrial-engineering.


How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all of the required qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A separate statement of leadership philosophy and management experience, in particular experience in the areas of ABET accreditation and new program development. (2-page limit)
  • A separate statement that addresses a vision for the future of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Education, and how programs must adapt to meet the future needs of these professional areas. Within this statement, the candidate must also address their philosophy for successful undergraduate education. (2-page limit)
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 5 professional references. References must be able to address the following:
  1. leadership potential
  2. management ability
  3. performance in the areas of teaching, research and service

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Dr. Jeff Hoerning;  hoerninj at uwplatt.edu (use "@" in appropriately in email address)

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.


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