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How to Apply

Applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, two-page vision statement for the department and list of names and contact information for at least five references. The deadline for ensuring full consideration of an application is November 30, 2020, but the position will remain open and applications may still be considered until the appointment is made. The search will be conducted in confidence until finalists are invited for campus visits at which time professional references will be contacted.  If you have any questions regarding the search, or would like to nominate someone, please contact Professor Pingsha Dong, search committee chair, at

Job Summary

The Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. The department has a 138-year legacy of teaching history and transformational maritime research, was the first of its kind in the nation, and remains the top naval architecture program in the country. NAME has 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 6 research scientists, 77 undergraduate students and 67 graduate students, with active research in the areas of design, production and management; dynamics and control; hydrodynamics; marine and offshore structures; marine renewable energy; robotics and autonomy; structural and hydro-acoustics; and yacht design. Further information can be found at the department website:

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar with an earned doctorate in a research field related to naval architecture and marine engineering and will have an exemplary record of achievement in research, teaching and service at a level commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor. The candidate must possess visionary leadership abilities, a broad appreciation for the diverse perspectives within the department and a strong interest in promoting sponsored research programs and mentoring faculty. The candidate will lead and support the faculty to ensure that learning of the highest quality flourishes at all levels, from undergraduate education to graduate and post-doctoral research. The candidate will work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and administrators to achieve common goals and to maintain rapport with alumni and industry representatives.

Desired Qualifications*

The College of Engineering is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We seek faculty members who commit to excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, will develop impactful, productive and novel research programs, and will contribute to the department's goal of eliminating systemic racism and sexism by embracing our culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus, and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair, and inclusive environment—can be found at:

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.