Department Head, Dept. of Engineering & Computing Education, College of Eng & Appl Science

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Job Overview

We are a Department of Engineering and Computing Education (DECE) with burgeoning M.S. and Ph.D. programs seeking a visionary leader to grow our national and international footprint in engineering education research. Since 2007, the Department has administered the first-year engineering course sequence, which is focused on developing students in various areas, including design thinking, algorithmic thinking, and professional skills. We aim to expand our graduate program to be a distinct element of the engineering education ecosystem by immersing students in rigorous methodological training and leveraging the University of Cincinnati’s history of cooperative education to provide experiential learning opportunities within and outside academia. Our graduate program prepares students to conduct state-of-the-art educational research in engineering and bridge research to practice by defining effective practices, identifying the reasons why they work, developing curricula, assessing how students learn, and moving those findings into future engineering classrooms. Our undergraduate contributions to the College also necessitate a nimble leader that can successfully integrate emerging educational technologies into the curriculum and collaborate with other departments to ensure students are well-positioned for upper-division courses and co-op rotations. Currently, DECE does not confer any undergraduate degrees, but there is considerable interest in developing an undergraduate program allowing students to develop expertise that spans multiple areas, both within and outside engineering. Additional information about the Department, College and University can be found at

Essential Functions

Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Act as a visionary academic leader with a demonstrated ability to turn vision into reality and inspire DECE faculty, staff, students, and the community with ambitious but attainable departmental goals and develop a plan to lead DECE toward meeting those goals.
  • Foster a culture of accountability in which departmental goals are specified, strategies articulated, and results against goals are reported.
  • Strengthen/advance existing research programs within DECE and develop new ones across a variety of sectors, including but not limited to, government agencies, foundations, and industry.
  • Develop, maintain, and strengthen transdisciplinary research collaborations across the CEAS and the University community.
  • Promote scholarly and creative excellence.
  • Facilitate development, mentoring, and personnel management to faculty and staff.
  • Lead the development of an innovative undergraduate Multidisciplinary Engineering program along and continue to expand the graduate DECE program to position DECE to effectively respond the University’s strategic sizing and Next lives here initiatives.
  • Initiate new and strengthen current national and international relationships in pursuit of joint educational and research collaborations to enhance the Department’s domestic and global visibility.

Minimum Requirements

Prior to the effective date of appointment:

  • Must have a Ph.D. in engineering, engineering education or a closely related discipline, a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, and demonstrated intellectual leadership and administrative skills.
  • The successful applicant will have a dedication to the instructional and research mission of the university including a strong commitment to advancing undergraduate engineering education through the development of innovative teaching pedagogies and curriculum development, and a strong history of funding and publications for engineering education related research projects.
  • The successful candidate will also hold a tenure-track appointment in the department with rank and tenure are commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Please submit applications online. Your application should include:

  • Brief cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of experience, vision and leadership
  • Diversity Statement that demonstrates your understanding of the broader issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education; any DEI contributions you have made or been involved with to enhance the classroom or campus experience for students or colleagues; and how you envision making DEI related contributions within the Department, College, and/or University; and
  • Names, titles, and contact information for at least three references.


Please use the additional documents feature in the application system to upload the statements and references as separate files.


Nominations for other potential applicants may be sent confidentially to Dr. Eric Nauman at


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 93427


Department Head, Dept. of Engineering & Computing Education, College of Eng & Appl Science

Date:  Apr 9, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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