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The Department of Mechanical Engineering

Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for the position of Chair of Mechanical Engineering. The new Chair will communicate a clear vision for the future of education and research to a constituency that includes academia, government, industry and alumni. The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, and will demonstrate proven leadership, research achievement, excellent teaching, a commitment to professional activities, and outstanding English communication skills. The Department Chair reports to the Dean of the School and will be tenured as Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Baylor’s ABET accredited ME program now has 14 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, a clinical professor of innovation, and 4 lecturers/senior lecturers, with plans to grow to 27 total faculty by 2023. The faculty are internationally recognized in Biomechanical Experimentation, Design, and Simulation; Thermal and Energy Engineering; and Advanced Materials Engineering. Mechanical Engineering faculty conduct research in well-established laboratories and consortia housed within the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) (see The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Jointly with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the department also teaches Pre- Engineering majors and offers B.S. in Engineering, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees. Current enrollment is 220 pre-engineering, 341 undergraduate ME, and 37 full-time graduate students. Additional information regarding the Baylor ME department is available at

The mission of the program is to educate students within a caring Christian environment in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering. Our graduates are to be equipped with the fundamental technical, communication, and teamwork skills to succeed in their chosen careers. They are to be empowered by innovative problem-solving creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset, and motivated by Christian ideals and a vocational calling to improve the quality of life worldwide.

To receive full consideration, please submit a cover letter and the following:

  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A vision statement to grow our new PhD program and maintain excellence in undergraduate education
  3. An individualized statement of teaching and research interests related to Baylor's programs
  4. A statement describing your personal and active Christian faith

  5. Contact information for at least three professional references

Application review begins January 9, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit materials to

Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor University is the oldest university in Texas and the world’s largest Baptist university. It is a member of the Big XII Conference and holds a Carnegie classification as a "high-research" institution. Baylor’s mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. New faculty will have a strong commitment to the classroom and to discovering knowledge as Baylor aspires to become a top tier research university as described in Pro Futuris (