Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Department Chair: Tenured Full Professor Faculty Position

McMaster University, Civil Engineering Department

Job Title: Department Chair: Tenured Full Professor Faculty Position
Job Location: Hamilton , Ontario
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Engineering & applied sciences
Application Closing Date: April 9, 2021
Date Posted: 2021-02-11
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description


McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair.  The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of a tenured full professor and is expected to have a distinguished record of teaching and research, be a person of academic stature, appointed for their intellectual and administrative abilities and qualities of leadership.  The first term of office for a Department Chair is five years and is renewable.  Following appointment as Chair, the appointee will assume regular faculty member duties within the Department.  This position is located on the main university campus and is expected to begin on July 1, 2021.

The successful applicant must have a PhD in civil engineering or related discipline.  The applicant must also demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research and a willingness and ability to contribute to the department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as university-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities.  Research excellence will be reflected in successful mentoring of graduate students and particularly doctoral students, extramural grant acquisition and publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals.  The successful applicant will teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses.  They will also be expected to foster existing collaborations and initiate new ones within their departments and with other departments and faculties. 

McMaster Civil Engineering ranks among the top 3 programs in Canada and the top 35 in the world (ARWU, 2020). With a vision of building healthier communities to create a brighter world, our faculty members work collaboratively in the four main themes of Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Smarter Mobility, Water Security and Climate Change, and Intelligent Energy Systems. McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students.  With over 180 faculty members, along with approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students, we have earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and innovation.  Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area have to offer academic professionals and their families by reviewing our faculty_recruitment_information_guide.pdf (mcmaster.ca) highlighting our research excellence, family-friendly resources and rich local culture.  Opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth are also made available through our Faculty’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute


Job Requirements

The successful applicant must have a PhD in civil engineering or related discipline.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity, strengthening our research and teaching excellence.  In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process.  It takes approximately two minutes to complete.  All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer.  All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.  Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to hr.empequity@mcmaster.ca.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 to communicate accommodation needs.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials through the University’s electronic portal: www.workingatmcmaster.ca/careers/ Job Opening #36457 by April 9th, 2021 to:

Ishwar K. Puri, Dean

Faculty of Engineering

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON   L8S 4L8

  • a letter of application together with a curriculum vitae describing the impact that career interruptions have had on research productivity, if applicable, research statement including a selection of research publications, and a statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness);
  • a statement describing the contributions you have made or plan to make to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service in academic, professional or community contexts (2-page maximum);
  • the names of at least three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2021 is preferred.  All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada


When inquiring or applying for this position, please also reference AcademicCareers.com.

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at McMaster University and at other institutions of higher education in the region on www.AcademicCareers-Canada.com or www.AcademicCareers.com or www.UniversityJobsCanada.com

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Ishwar K. Puri, Dean as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on www.UniversityJob.com. Thank you.

Ishwar K. Puri, Dean
Please Apply as Included Above

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