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Director - Engineering Leadership Development Program

Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA
  • Expired: September 05, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Director - Engineering Leadership Development Program
Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
College of Engineering

Penn State's College of Engineering is seeking a highly qualified individual to lead its Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) Program ( The ELD Program, housed within the College of Engineering's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, is one of the pioneers in the field of Engineering Leadership Development with over 23 years as an 18-credit undergraduate minor. More recently, the program has expanded to include on-line offerings of the undergraduate engineering leadership courses, a Master of Engineering in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management (ELIM:, and residential and on-line graduate certificate and minor in ELIM. Elements of the ELIM graduate program will be extended to a proposed on-line Doctor of Engineering degree incorporating both technical courses and applied research, as well as professional skills development. The successful candidate should exhibit a drive to develop the next generation of engineering leaders, develop innovative educational programs, a willingness to critically examine programs, and to develop collaborations with companies and organizations that hire our students. The Director is expected to work with the College's development office to secure funding sources to expand the impact of the program beyond its current scope. The Director will lead a team of two Associate Directors, an Assistant Research Professor, a full-time and several part-time instructors, and an Administrative Assistant. Additional faculty may be added as the program continues to grow. The Director is expected to establish a strong record of research and engaged scholarship as well as teach and advise students. In addition, the Director should form collaborations within SEDTAPP's other vibrant programs (see; the College of Engineering; other colleges, campuses and institutes at Penn State; and partner with other University entities to leverage a broad base of cooperation. Further, the Director should form collaborations with other university and engineering leadership programs found within industry, both in the U.S. and beyond. The candidate should have a minimum of ten years of successful management experience within an engineering organization, proven experience in teaching engineering or leadership topics at the university level or equivalent, and trained in or qualified to train personal development topics such as effective writing and presentations, assessment, engineering design, and critical analysis. In addition, candidates should possess superior communication skills and have demonstrated experience in engaging students in curricular and co-curricular activities and in seeking and securing external funding. A proven record of directing and publishing high impact research is also desired. An earned doctoral degree or equivalent in engineering or closely related field is preferred; however, applications from exceptional candidates with an M.S. or equivalent will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Director position is a non-tenure-line, multi-year fixed-term appointment. Salary and academic title will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019 and applications will be received until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, names and contact info for three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, as well as a detailed portfolio of leadership and teaching experiences to the job posting.

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Pennsylvania State University


University Park, PA
16802 USA