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Department Chair & Professor - Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as the Chair of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE). The University of Colorado CEAS is undergoing a period of unprecedented faculty growth and expansion to match an ambitious vision of research and teaching excellence. Our ECEE department is ranked 22nd among public electrical engineering graduate programs, and 21st among public computer engineering programs. Our mission includes a strong emphasis on high impact research, hands-on active learning, inclusive excellence and interdisciplinary technology development. We are located in one of the top three entrepreneurial cities in the country, and co-located with national research labs NIST, NCAR, NOAA and NREL. A visionary leader with demonstrated collaborative and communication skills is sought to further advance the department's mission. 

For more information about the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, please visit:   

We seek applicants who will: provide vision, leadership and guidance for academic and research programs; promote the visibility and enhance the reputation of the department at the national and international levels; be an advocate for the department; maintain and create cooperation opportunities with industry partners; develop resources to strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the department's research and teaching programs; attract and recruit world-class faculty, high-caliber students and staff; provide oversight to departmental staff operations and performance; promote collaborative research within the department, CEAS and across CU; administer the departmental budget; and mentor faculty at different stages of their careers. Each term of the Chair is 4 years with an option for another 4-year extension. 

Qualifications and attributes for the successful candidate include an earned doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, or a closely-related field; a record of excellence in teaching, research and service; demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, and other administrators; commitment to diversity and inclusion as it applies to faculty, staff and students; familiarity with national trends in undergraduate and graduate education; knowledge about external funding priorities and opportunities; a strong collaboration record and willingness to collaborate with others; a record in effectively managing a large budget, commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for faculty and staff; commitment to leading departmental discussions regarding departmental vision and strategic plans; open-minded, respectful and approachable leadership style. Leaders in industry or government labs are welcome to apply. 

The University of Colorado Boulder's College of Engineering of Applied Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their personal statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Colorado Boulder is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at CU Boulder is the premier undergraduate and graduate program in Colorado by reputation, rankings and size. Nationally, we are ranked 22nd among public electrical engineering graduate programs, and 21st among public computer engineering graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report. 
  • Our number of required and elective undergraduate laboratory courses is among the highest of any engineering college in the country. Our students say the hands-on laboratory component greatly enhances understanding of lecture concepts, and industry recruiters confirm that the value of our graduates is definitely increased by their laboratory experiences.

What You Should Know

  • The Chair’s primary responsibility is to lead the department while maintaining research and teaching activities at appropriately reduced levels.

What We Can Offer

  • CEAS offers a competitive compensation and startup package for this critical position. The selected candidate will hold the Palmer Endowed Leadership Chair in Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.  


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • A visionary leader with demonstrated collaborative skills with faculty, staff, students, alumni, industrial partners and other ECEE department chairs in the US. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • A cover letter stating your research areas (1 pg).
  • A statement describing your vision for the department, leadership and mentoring philosophy, experience and qualifications (maximum 3 pages).
  • Personal teaching statement (maximum 2 pages).
  • Personal research statement (maximum 2 pages).
  • You will need to submit a minimum of 4 references for this position, with at least one reference from a department staff member. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

The review of candidates will begin on November 15, 2019. All applications received by January 15, 2020, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Bob Erickson

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.