The Ohio State University, Engineering Education

2893 21530
Position ID:OSU-EED-AY22EED3 [#21530, EED3]
Position Title: Chair, Department of Engineering Education
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Engineering Education
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/03/29, finished 2023/07/08, listed until 2023/01/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Chair, Department of Engineering Education 
College of Engineering, Ohio State University 

The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Engineering Education.  The department seeks a leader who can realize our vision of becoming the foremost department in the education of engineering students grounded in the principles of inclusive excellence. 

Department Overview:  The Department of Engineering Education is the newest department in the College of Engineering at Ohio State since its creation in 2015.  The doctoral program, approved in spring 2018, has a robust enrollment and already counts four PhD graduates.  The Department of Engineering Education mission includes advancing the engineering profession and enabling student success by:  
  • Conducting and disseminating world-class scholarship in engineering education 
  • Mentoring doctoral student scholars in engineering education 
  • Modeling and advocating scholarly, evidence-based teaching within the College of Engineering, and 
  • Developing and delivering state-of-the-art, innovative, multidisciplinary courses and programs in first-year engineering, engineering technical communication, multidisciplinary capstone design 

Looking towards the future, the Department of Engineering Education is poised to grow, innovate, and lead both within the college and across the field.  The Department will add unique value to the broader engineering education community through innovative discovery, practices and leadership. 

College Overview:  The College of Engineering has about 10,000 students and offers 14 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees in 12 engineering departments, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate degrees in the Knowlton School of Architecture. The College has recently expanded its degree offerings with a BS in Engineering Technology available at the university’s regional campuses. The College is one of the largest and most impactful institutions in the field with 405 engineering and architecture faculty members. The College has 14 National Academy of Engineering members and numerous fellows of societies and award recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the College had more than $138 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled over $43 million. 

The College of Engineering provides fertile ground for innovation and collaboration. It promotes the University’s land-grant mission to create, transfer, and preserve knowledge for the purpose of enhancing economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally and by preparing professionals ready to sustain and advance society. The College strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive to reach their full potential (  We seek candidates who are committed to contributing to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty that are essential components of excellence.

University Overview:  The Ohio State University prides itself on being a model 21st-century public, land grant, research, urban, community engaged institution. Ohio State is a top-20 public university, enrolling over 60,000 students.  Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Ohio State recently unveiled plans for a major expansion of its Innovation District, including a $1.1 billion investment in new buildings and programs.  

Columbus is the nation’s 14th largest city, home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutes, top-ranked hospitals, and the state’s capital. The city was named the 2015 "Intelligent Community of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum, called a "Midwestern style capital" by the New York Times and one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Columbus is home to multiple dynamic arts districts; it invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity. 

Position Overview:  The Chair of the Department of Engineering Education should be a bold leader who can envision innovative ways for the department to educate the next generation of diverse engineering leaders. The Department of Engineering Education Chair uses their effective communication and interpersonal skills to lead a faculty that currently includes 7 tenure track faculty, 1 research track faculty, 4 clinical track faculty, and 19 full-time lecturers.  It is anticipated that the Department will grow in size and influence over the next 5 to 10 years.  Through their strong record of ethical behavior, integrity and transparency, the Chair cultivates and sustains an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that encourages people to meet their full potential, including through faculty and staff development, hiring and retention, and undergraduate and graduate student recruitment and retention.  The Chair, who reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering, is responsible for all administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions within the Department, and will be responsible for leadership, management, and strategic vision for the next phase of the Department’s growth. 

Required Qualifications:

Desired Qualifications:

How to Apply:  
Interested applicants should submit an application through Academic Jobs Online:

Please submit the following with documents with application: 
  1. Cover letter
  2. Leadership CV
  3. Vision Statement for the role of an Engineering Education department in preparing the next generation of diverse engineering leaders
  4. Statement of Leadership style
  5. Diversity Statement (describe experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals that promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion in one or more of the areas of scholarship, instruction and outreach) 
  6. Contact information for five references commensurate with this leadership position.  

Confidential applications will be accepted. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Allison MacKay ( using ‘EED Search’ in the subject line.

The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does, matters, and how we do it, matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, and intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate’s employer’s policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate’s appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment. For more information, please refer to the Office of Academic Affairs website regarding Faculty Misconduct Reference Checks

The Ohio State University is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire. 

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements. 

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution, a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and have an excellent partner in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. 

Application review will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.   Start date is negotiable. 

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
122 Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210