General Summary of Position:
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks a visionary leader for the position of department chair. The new chair will have the opportunity to lead the next stages of academic and research development and advance the reputation of the department. The appointment is expected to be at the level of Associate or Full Professor with tenure. The Department of Biomedical Engineering is located in UMass Lowell's Francis College of Engineering, a dynamic, growing college that prepares scientists and professionals in a wide range of engineering areas. The department currently has 11 faculty, including five new energetic and engaged tenure-track faculty that have been hired in the last two years. The new chair will contribute to the planned growth of the department and the hiring of new teaching and tenure-track faculty.
The department offers undergraduate and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering, with concentrations in medical device development, cell and tissue engineering, and biomechanics. Educational strategies include classes taught by highly-qualified faculty, experiential learning, and hands-on laboratory experiences.
The chair's mission is to inspire and promote the academic and intellectual growth of the department, to ensure effective use of resources to meet the college goals, and to promote student success. An ambitious expansion of the research enterprise is a key goal for the new chair. The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) is a Carnegie Doctoral High Research (RU/H) university ranked in the top tier of US News' National Universities. The department currently has strong collaborations with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School and the Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center.
The department’s research labs were completely renovated in 2019, and the university recently acquired state-of-the-art vivarium and animal imaging facilities with space for additional research labs. The department and college have leadership teams that support the chair in carrying out the academic mission of the department. This support includes two associate chairs, one each for the undergraduate and graduate curriculum needs, and administrative assistant and lab technician support.
UMass Lowell is situated in the heart of New England on the banks of the Merrimack River, a beautiful and culturally diverse area and birthplace of America’s industrial revolution. Cotton mills in Lowell, the only city to be awarded national park status by the U.S. National Park Service, opened in 1814 and the city has been a hub of invention and innovation ever since. UML continues that legacy of innovation throughout the campus. Its location 30 miles northwest of Boston offers unsurpassed enrichment of every type including fine arts, dining, historical sites, and of course sports! Just north of Lowell, the grandeur of New Hampshire’s White mountains unfolds not far from the storied ski lodges of Vermont.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell serves the multicultural population of the Commonwealth, and the College of Engineering has been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity by the American Society for Engineering Education (https://www.uml.edu/Engineering/).
Successful applicants will have opportunities to collaborate in research and teaching with faculty across our six departments. We value excellence and innovation in curriculum design and courses that promote experiential learning and professional skills for our students.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering or a closely related discipline
- Evidence of excellence in leadership and strong interpersonal skills
- Strong track record in externally-funded research
- Substantial publication record
- Demonstrated excellence in mentoring, teaching, and service
- The ability to work effectively with diverse groups and interdisciplinary teams
- Current rank of associate or full professor with tenure
- Experience in fostering partnerships within the university and with outside partners, such as industry, schools of medicine, clinics, and hospitals
- Experience in a prior leadership role in a 4-year research institution and ability to successfully collaborate with the faculty, the dean, and upper administration
- Experience recruiting faculty with strong research agendas and mentoring them through the tenure process
- Experience with undergraduate, graduate, and accredited programs, with the ability to develop, implement and evaluate curricula
- Candidates with experience in engineering education and the design of effective and inclusive pedagogical approaches will be given strong consideration.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as in curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive and nurturing environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to this goal and encourage candidates to apply and to identify their strengths in these areas. All applicants should include a statement of their efforts and vision on promoting diversity, inclusion, and women and minorities in engineering; and a statement of their teaching philosophy.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled with the goal of a July 1, 2022 start date. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
Please submit the following documents with your application:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter including the following:
- Description of your past leadership experiences and mentoring activities
- Vision for advancing the department
- Research Statement listing accomplishments and future plans
- Teaching Statement/Philosophy
- Diversity Statement, including efforts and vision on promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity for women and minorities in engineering
- Publications in peer-reviewed journals (two or three significant, relevant publications in high-impact journals) Please upload publications into one file.
- Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.