The Office of the Vice-President for Agricultural Affairs, the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR) and the College of Engineering (CoE) at North Dakota State University (NDSU) invite applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN). The Department has responsibility for leading and administering three academic programs (Agricultural Systems Management and Precision Agriculture in the CAFSNR and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in the CoE) as well as research and Extension programing. The Chair has appointments in the CAFSNR, the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, and NDSU Extension and reports to the Vice-President for Agricultural Affairs for those functions. The position also reports to the Dean of the CoE for activities pertaining to the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering academic programs. The Chair is responsible for administrative, budgetary, and personnel actions within the Department. The Department consists of 16 faculty members and 11 academic support staff serving 22 graduate students, 125 undergraduates, several student clubs, and research/Extension clientele. The Chair oversees curriculum design and delivery, facility planning, and resource allocation; takes an active role in recruiting students and faculty; maintains departmental records; prepares reports including ABET accreditation inputs; serves as a mentor and evaluator of the faculty; facilitates a collegial and productive work environment for faculty and staff; expedites relevant research; promotes Extension programming; solicits external funding; and collaborates with other departments and Research Extension Centers in achieving goals. The Chair is responsible for building relationships with agricultural, industrial, alumni, and other supporters; developing long-term department goals; and generating a vision for attaining these goals. The Chair represents the Department to University administration, other NDSU units, outstate Research Extension Centers, other universities, state and federal agencies, and commodity/agribusiness organizations. The Chair is expected to interact with clientele; and serve and lead the faculty, staff, and students in departmental quests for excellence in education, research, and Extension. The position is a full time, 12-month appointment. The chair will have an opportunity to teach and exercise leadership that enhances all facets of the Department.
Minimum requirements: Earned Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering· or a closely related engineering field; proven record of excellence in scholarly activities with the credentials appropriate for appointment at the rank of Full Professor and tenure in the Department; demonstrated capacity to successfully manage budgets; demonstrated effective leadership and excellence in interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment, teamwork, problem resolution, effective utilization of human resources, and negotiation of solutions in a culture of acceptance and collegiality; ability to articulate and advocate the vision and goals of the Department; excellent oral and written communication skills; familiarity with ABET accreditation; demonstrated ability to facilitate the success of students, research and Extension clientele, faculty, and staff; and eligible to obtain a valid U.S. drivers license.
Preferred requirements: Administrative experience; proven record of excellence in scholarly achievements in teaching, research, and/or Extension; experience in innovative curriculum development, implementation, and assessment; experience in Extension and outreach; experience with ABET accreditation processes; service leadership in professional societies, such as elected boards, editorial boards of journals, and program committees or international conferences; demonstrated success in acquiring and managing grants; record of successful student guidance; familiarity with the Land Grant system and northern Great Plains agriculture; and registered as a Professional Engineer
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North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university, that provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including agricultural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, psychology and computer sciences. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission.