West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair for the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. We seek an energetic and ambitious leader with a strong record of scholarly and professional accomplishments to lead the department into a new era and help achieve greater national and international recognition. The vision of the Statler College is to be recognized internationally for its excellence in education, research and outreach; the CBE Department plays a key role in meeting this vision.
The CBE Department has a long history of providing an outstanding undergraduate education and strong research in the area of fossil fuels and materials engineering, and it has recently added a new academic and research program in biomedical engineering. The CBE Department has developed strong programs in the areas of process systems engineering, process intensification using novel catalysts, and natural gas conversion. The newly accredited biomedical engineering program boasts research in several areas related to systems biology, cancer research, neuroscience, and nanomedicine.
The Department has 14 tenure track faculty and 3 teaching track faculty members, approximately 290 undergraduate, and 60 graduate students. The Department offers degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels in both chemical and biomedical engineering. Faculty have strong research funding records from major agencies such as National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and National Institutes of Health as well as national and regional industry. In addition, growing collaborations exist between the biomedical engineering program and the WVU's Health Sciences Center and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Morgantown, as well as between the chemical engineering program and the National Energy and Technology Laboratories (NETL).
The Chair reports to the Dean of the Statler College and is responsible for the administration of all programs and budgets of the department, working with faculty, staff, and students to deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, and fostering research efforts of the highest quality. Specific duties include administration; leadership and planning; mentoring and recruiting; teaching; research and scholarly activity; representing the department to constituents; and developing and maintaining productive relationships with alumni, business, and government communities. The department is developing a strategic vision for the next decade, and the new chair is to play a vital role in establishing the future direction of the department to increase its reputation and national recognition through appropriate rankings.
The Statler College has eight academic departments, over 4,700 students, and 135 faculty. It is nationally recognized for high quality teaching and research, as well as for its excellent faculty and students. WVU is the State's comprehensive Land Grant University with a main campus enrollment of approximately 29,000 students and a Carnegie Classification -R1: Doctoral Universities Highest Research Activity. Morgantown is ranked among the most livable small cities in the country, with a population of approximately 31,000 residents. The surrounding metro area has 137,000 residents. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities, such as the U.S. DOE's NETL, NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility (IV&V), NIOSH and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as private industry. The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at http://www.morgantownwv.gov/ and http://www.wvu.edu .
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.