The University of Alabama — Department Head / Professor, Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at The University of Alabama (UA) seeks applications for Department Head.

UA has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade, including significant increases in undergraduate enrollment. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The department has 28 full-time faculty with active funded research and one faculty shared with Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department enrolls nearly 1800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, and has a strong history of research and teaching. More information about ME can be found at

Applicants must have: (i) relevant earned doctoral degrees; (ii) academic achievements commensurate with a tenured appointment of Full Professor; (iii) a strong record of excellence in research, including extramural funding, and an appreciation of an academic research culture; and (iv) a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

The Department Head will be expected to provide visionary leadership. Desirable attributes include the ability to (i) promote sponsored research programs; (ii) catalyze new research initiatives that mesh with the goals of the College of Engineering; (iii) recruit, develop, and mentor faculty and students; (iv) leverage the multidisciplinary culture of the Department, College and University; (v) lead curricular design and accreditation efforts, and (vi) interact with government, industry, and alumni to foster economic development.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted and reviewed continuously until this position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae, a vision statement of mechanical engineering in today’s comprehensive university, and a list of three references with contact information. Applications must be submitted electronically at, requisition # 0811017. For more information or to provide a nomination, please contact:

Dr. Beth A. Todd, Associate Professor
Chair of Search Committee
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Txt: 205-799-6656