Department Chair - McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Department Chair - McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Angola, Indiana



The position of Department Chair requires an individual who can provide academic and administrative leadership to the department, school, university, and community.  They must be committed to excellence in undergraduate engineering education and possess the ability to support faculty in achieving high quality in teaching, service, scholarship, outreach, and engagement.  The Department Chair should have a broad understanding of appropriate academic programs and potential future directions of both their respective department, school and the institution; be flexible, visionary, creative, energetic; and a strategic planner and possess a demonstrated capacity to lead faculty, staff, and the department.

The successful candidate will also hold a Faculty Member rank at a level commensurate with the candidate’s academic credentials and experience. The position of Faculty Member requires an individual who can provide excellence in teaching, interested in both their students and their subjects. The Faculty Member should want students to excel and take pleasure in their success. Fairness, attention to duty, and desire for self-improvement are expected traits of Trine University Faculty members.


The successful candidate for Chemical Engineering Department Chair will hold a faculty rank and will be given a half-time teaching release to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a department chair in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing, which include:

  • Teaching, with a focus on delivering engaging, meaningful, well-designed classroom and laboratory instruction.
  • Service to their department, school, and university that adds value to their role as academic leaders.
  • Scholarship and Professional Development that adds value to their role as an academic practitioner.
  • Resource management which involves identifying departmental resource needs and managing budgets effectively.
  • Support of Faculty in attaining their teaching, service, and scholarship goals.
  • Administrative Duties which include overseeing the department and ensuring the effective implementation of personnel and program goals.

The Department Chair should also bring experience with, and commitment to:

  • developing and/or implementing the department’s strategic plan
  • inspiring, leading and connecting diverse stakeholders to this strategic plan
  • developing and improving the chemical engineering curriculum
  • recruitment, development, and evaluation of faculty and staff
  • mediating problems between students and faculty
  • student recruiting, retention, and placement
  • cultivation of external support including the department’s professional advisory board
  • effective budget preparation and management
  • supervise, via regular meetings, all faculty and staff within the department
  • schedule course offerings and designate instructors
  • coordinate program assessment plans, and lead department efforts to retain ABET accreditation
  • oversee department-specific grant proposals and administer grant funds in coordination with the Office of University Development

As a Faculty Member, the Department Chair must also bring experience with, and commitment to:

  • teaching a half-time faculty load of six (6) semester hours per semester or twelve (12) semester hours per academic year.
  • delivering engaging, meaningful, well-designed instruction
  • assessing student competence and performance
  • assisting students experiencing academic difficulties and deficiencies.
  • advising prospective and current students regarding course scheduling and curriculum requirements.
  • service to the school, university, and community
  • scholarship and professional development activities that add value to their role as an academic practitioner

Education and/or Experience

The successful candidate will have an earned doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering or a closely related field by the contract start date.

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Paid  sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vita detailing all academic and professional experience, (unofficial) graduate transcripts, and the contact information for three references..


Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.