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Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). EECS is housed in the Min H. Kao Building, a joint teaching and research facility completed in 2012. The department currently has an enrollment of over 800 undergraduate and 250 graduate students, with a faculty of 45 and annual research expenditures that exceed $22M. The department is home to CURENT, the Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks, which is jointly supported by the NSF and DoE. EECS also houses the Innovative Computing Laboratory, whose mission is to establish and maintain the University of Tennessee as a world leader in advanced scientific and high performance computing. The College of Engineering is a leading research institution with strong research partnerships with organizations such as the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Primary responsibilities of the department head are: 1) to provide visionary leadership, to encourage excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service. 2) to advance professional development of faculty, staff and students, 3) to promote productive relationships with all constituents including students, parents, alumni, industry and government agencies, and 4) to foster productive interdisciplinary relationships with a variety of entities across the University community. The next department head will have the opportunity to lead the department in its pursuit of excellence through strategic hires in key areas through university level initiatives such as cluster hires and Governor’s Chairs.

Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or other closely related field and be eligible for appointment at the rank of full Professor. Knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of pursuing diversity in students, staff and faculty are required. The successful candidate should demonstrate a balanced perspective on research, teaching and service as well as the vision and ability to lead a faculty representing a diversified range of interests. Demonstrated excellence in research, technical leadership, management, and graduate and undergraduate teaching is preferred.

The Tickle College of Engineering is ranked 29th (graduate) and 33rd (undergraduate) among public universities (U.S. News and World Report, 2019). Knoxville is a regional center for employment, commerce, and health care. In addition to University faculty and staff, more than 2,000 PhDs work in nearby technology-based companies including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Knoxville was named as one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” (U.S. News and World Report, 2017) and second in Forbes Magazine’s list of “Most Affordable Cities in 2015”. It is located within 3.5 hours of two major metropolitan centers, Atlanta and Nashville
and within an hour of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, UT is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement with society. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The University welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Paul Frymier, Search Committee Chair and submitted via email to Applications should include 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a statement that addresses the applicant’s leadership experience/philosophy, vision for the future of research and education in the EECS Department, and experience with promoting diversity, and 3) the full names, postal and email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Posted 11-6-2018

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