Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science invites applications for department chair

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University invites applications from within the university for the position of department chair, ideally beginning July 1.

The department has 37 primary faculty members, an undergraduate enrollment of more than 480 and a graduate enrollment of more than 200 students. The department at Case Western Reserve supports four synergistic undergraduate degree programs (electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and systems and control engineering), as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, systems and control engineering, and computing and information sciences.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science spans a spectrum of topics from materials, devices, circuits and processors through control, signal processing and systems analysis to software, computation, computer systems and networking. The faculty have identified the following specific areas of research:

  • Micro/nano systems;
  • Electronics and instrumentation;
  • Robotics and haptics;
  • Embedded systems, including VLSI and FPGA;
  • Hardware algorithms, hardware security, testing/verification;
  • Bioinformatics and systems biology;
  • Machine learning and data mining;
  • Computer networks and distributed systems
  • Secure and reliable software;
  • Energy Systems, including wind and power grid management/control;
  • Gaming, simulation, optimization; and
  • Medical informatics and wireless health.

The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate, have an appointment as a professor with tenure at the university and be internationally recognized for research excellence, leadership and scholarship in an area of electrical engineering, computer science or a closely related field. Additionally, the candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of the field and leadership skills to lead and advance a research-oriented department, and mentor faculty and staff to be successful.

The ideal applicant is expected to have:

  • Developed a thriving independent research program;
  • Led multi-investigator awards;
  • Participated in the creation, development and delivery of novel curricula; and
  • Have a record of academic and professional leadership.

Excellent organizational and communication skills are also required.

Serving as the executive officer of the department, the department chair reports directly to the dean of the Case School of Engineering. The department chair is expected to serve for a minimal initial term of five years with the opportunity for reappointment. The eepartment chair is expected to provide leadership in all matters of department policy, including appointments, promotions, instruction, research and administration.

Applicants should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of at least six references.

Applications should be submitted to

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to equal opportunity and diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants desiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216.368.8877. Determinations regarding granting accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.