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Department Chair Search


Clemson University invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department seeks exceptional candidates with a strong track record of (1) high quality research and scholarship supported by federal and/or industry funding; (2) demonstrated excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching; (3) and proven leadership/mentorship and diversity experience.

 Guaranteed consideration will be given to applications received by September 8th, 2017, however, the search will continue until the position is filled.

 Clemson University is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Applicants should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, contact information for a minimum of five references, and cover letter with a brief vision statement (3 pages max) via Interfolio at or

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.

Additional Information:

  • Clemson is a public, land-grant institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.
  • Clemson University is currently ranked 24th among national public institutions by US News and World Report and classified as a Highest Research Activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Clemson’s mechanical engineering graduate program is ranked by US News and World Report as 32nd among engineering programs of national public universities.
  • The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. Currently there are 927 undergraduates in the sophomore through senior ranks, 140 M.S. students and 50 Ph.D. students. The Department is the largest degree-granting program at Clemson.
  • The Department has 32 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and has been experiencing rapid growth with the addition of 13 tenure-track faculty and a 46% increase in the undergraduate student population over the past 6 years.
  • Since 2000 the faculty in the Department have received 10 NSF CAREER Awards and one AFOSR Young Investigator Award.
  • The Department is home to four endowed chairs and professorships.
  • The Department has a modern 105,000 ft­2 facility on the main campus with excellent laboratory space.
  • Off-campus initiatives include a new interdisciplinary graduate program and research opportunities in Charleston, SC at the Zucker Family Center.