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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, United States (on-site)
23 days ago
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
23 days ago
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The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan invites applications and nominations for the esteemed position of Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Division. Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Engineering, the ECE Chair assumes independent and full responsibility for guiding the Division, which is an integral part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department. The ECE Chair serves as Co-Chair of the EECS Department, having joint responsibility with the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division for shared educational and research activities.

With more than one hundred years of history, Michigan has one of the oldest and most renowned programs in electrical and computer engineering in the world. ECE has approximately 72 core faculty members (tenured and tenure-track), 74 staff, 958 graduate students, 593 undergraduates, and an alumni population of approximately 17,000. We greatly value interdisciplinary collaborative relationships with faculty in other areas, leading to a large variety of joint and courtesy appointments. The core instructional and research areas include Control Systems, Electromagnetics, Engineering Education Research, Integrated Circuits & VLSI, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, MEMS & Microsystems, Network, Communication, and Information Systems, Optics & Photonics, Power & Energy Systems and Technology, Robotics, Signal & Image Processing, Solid-State Devices & Nanotechnology, and Quantum Science and Technology. Please explore the ECE website to sample the breadth and depth of our research. Annual ECE research expenditures exceed $54 million.

The intellectual community of ECE values academic and scholarly freedom and achievement, inventiveness, interdisciplinary teamwork, diversity, and entrepreneurial thinking. We have worked to articulate a set of values that are central to who we are. Our ECE values exist within the context of the people-first strategic vision of Michigan Engineering. An important part of Michigan Engineering’s vision is its (and our) commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment.


The ideal candidate for Chair will be a distinguished scholar holding a doctorate in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field, demonstrating an exemplary track record in research, teaching, and service commensurate with a tenured full professor appointment. The candidate must possess visionary leadership abilities, a broad appreciation for the diverse perspectives within the department, a strong interest in mentoring faculty, and promoting impactful research across all current and future areas in ECE. 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 postdoctoral 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.


  • The successful candidate will:
  • Lead the Division with a compelling vision for ECE leveraging the strengths of the faculty.

  • Align the Division with the strategic vision of Michigan Engineering.

  • Uphold, enhance and promote excellence in scholarship and research in the Division.

  • Foster excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate curricula.

  • Lead efforts to recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to DEI principles.

  • Own and oversee the budget for the Division.

  • Lead development activities, and interact with government, industry, and professional societies.

  • Sustain and grow connections with industry and alumni.

  • Demonstrate strong abilities in supporting and promoting sponsored research programs, including faculty pursuing large multidisciplinary centers.

  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration and respect among faculty, staff, and students.

  • Work with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to realize shared goals. 

Application Instructions

Applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement. In addition, applicants are asked to submit a two-page vision for the department. Applicants should be prepared to share a list of names and contact information for at least five references upon being invited for an on-site interview. The deadline for ensuring full consideration of an application is Sept 9, 2024, but the position will remain open and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled. The search will be conducted in confidence until finalists are identified prior to a public campus visit.

Please submit your application here: 

If you have any questions regarding the search, or would like to nominate someone, please contact Professor David Wentzloff, search committee chair, at

Employment will require both a criminal background check and an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. Candidates will be required to submit a self-disclosure form as well as an authorization to release information form.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is responsive to the needs of dual career families.

Job ID: 74018203

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