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Chair and Professor Position No. #53638, Southern Methodist University, US

(SMU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Position No: 53638). It is expected that the appointment will be at the tenured Full Professor level. The Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering will also hold one of two available endowed professor positions associated with the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, The Bobby B. LYLE Endowed Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship, or The William T. and Gay F. SOLOMON Endowed Professor in Engineering and Global Development. The Chair will be the intellectual leader of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with strong interest in educational programs at the BS, MS and PhD levels and in developing a world renowned interdisciplinary research program synergistic with the ongoing research in the Department and the Lyle School of Engineering. In addition, candidates eligible for the William T. and Gay F. SOLOMON Endowed Professorship in Engineering and Global Development will focus on finding engineering solutions to humanity’s need for shelter, infrastructure, sustenance, education and safety. Candidates eligible for the Bobby B. LYLE Endowed Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship should focus on the role of engineering entrepreneurship and leadership and their impact on global development, human freedom and social advancement. He/she will possess strong administrative skills and will be an outstanding communicator representing the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity and the Lyle School on- and off-campus. The anticipated starting date is on or before August 1, 2016. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in civil or environmental engineering or a closely related field and must be qualified for a tenured appointment at the full Professor level.

SMU is a leading private University located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a dynamic region with leading high-technology companies in the aerospace, defense, energy, information technology, life sciences, semiconductors, telecommunications, transportation, and biomedical industries. Some of the top companies and research institutes with a strong presence in the DFW area include Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed-Martin, Turner Construction, Jacobs Engineering, Trinity Industries, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., The Beck Group, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor Research Institute.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department resides within the Lyle School of Engineering and is located in the Embrey Engineering Building, a LEED Gold designed facility. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering, an M.S. degree in environmental science, as well as an MA degree in sustainability and development.

The Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity resides within the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. The Institute has three long-term goals: (I) Prepare the engineer of the future to solve pressing humanitarian issues through skilled expertise and leadership; (II) Form strategic partnerships with business, academia, government and other organizations working in innovation and/or developing countries; and (III) Serve as an aggregator and facilitator between communities needing innovative solutions and the organizations building those solutions. The Institute focuses on issues related to access to clean water, creating affordable shelter, including design options for the marginalized; hygiene education and promotion; aid logistics and distribution; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.

The SMU Lyle School of Engineering is committed to developing the new American engineer, who is prepared to excel and lead in creating new economic opportunities while meeting the most difficult challenges facing society. The Lyle School maintains a steadfast focus on using engineering to address important issues both at home and around the world.

Located near the center of Dallas, SMU is a private university of 11,000 students offering strong undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through seven schools – Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadow School of the Arts, Lyle School of Engineering, Perkins School of Theology, Dedman School of Law, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. To learn more about the rich cultural environment of SMU, please see: http://smu.edu.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their application electronically by November 30, 2015 to CEEChair@lyle.smu.edu. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of five references and a statement of interest and capabilities related to academic leadership, education and research. The anticipated start date for this position is on or before August 1, 2016.
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