Director, Biomedical Engineering Program

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
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The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) invites applications for an inaugural Director to lead a newly established baccalaureate program in Biomedical Engineering.  As a dynamic and innovative leader, the Director will set a vision for the new Biomedical Engineering Program and advance education and curricular structure, enrollment management, expansion of research opportunities, and industrial partnerships.  The successful candidate will have a solid record of accomplishments in terms of externally funded research, publication, teaching, and engaging academic leadership.  The Director will report to the Dean of CEET and the appointment is expected to be made at the rank of tenured Associate Professor or Professor. This administrative, teaching, and scholarly appointment will begin July 1, 2020. A research start-up package is anticipated for this position.

Position Description: A dynamic and innovative inaugural Director will be responsible for leading and administering the new program in Biomedical Engineering and executing and facilitating all program administrative, financial, and planning functions, including faculty and staff hiring and supervision, workload assignment, tenure and promotion evaluations, regular faculty and staff evaluations, and enforcement of university, college, and departmental policies and procedures.  The successful applicant will also develop and enhance industrial contacts and initiatives, facilitate grant and contract activities, be an advocate for the department, oversee enrollment management, advise students, teach undergraduate or graduate courses as needed, and serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the college.  In addition, this position will be responsible for establishing and executing a successful pathway to ABET accreditation.  There are more than 70 students who currently seek an academic experience in Biomedical Engineering and this position will be critically responsive to the growing educational, project, and research needs of these students.

Required Qualifications: Successful applicants for the Director position must have an earned doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering, or a closely related engineering field, and have academic qualifications for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. A distinguished, and proven record in teaching, externally funded research, scholarly publications, and engaging leadership is required.  Academic experience showing leadership capabilities with good administrative and communication skills will be required. An understanding of, and involvement in, the ABET accreditation process is required.  A demonstrated commitment to equity and a successful working history with diversity is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Successful applicants are preferred to have related teaching and research interests in, but not limited to, advanced biomedical sensors and instrumentation, advanced biomaterials, advanced biomechanics, and/or advanced tissue engineering. 

College and University Description: The ABET-accredited College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) is one of the University’s distinctive strengths and is ranked at 38 by the U.S. News and World Report for Engineering Programs (with no doctorates).  CEET is experiencing enrollment growth, has a committed and talented faculty, and a loyal alumni base throughout the Chicagoland area and beyond.  It was founded in 1985 and is the newest college at Northern Illinois University.  CEET has grown into a highly regarded college with quality programs delivered by excellent faculty who are dedicated to delivering a dynamic and innovative curriculum.  The main campus in DeKalb, the regional campuses, and online programs serve more than 1,460 undergraduate and 250 graduate students enrolled in the college. 

Six strong discipline-based accredited academic programs compose the college:  Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering.  The college offers both undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) as well as several graduate certificates, where the Ph.D. degree programs are new as of Fall 2019.  Program diversity serves a broad range of students interested in professional engineering and engineering technology careers.  NIU has over 16,000 students and is located approximately 65 miles west of downtown Chicago.  NIU’s vision is to be the Midwest's premier student-centered, research-focused public university by contributing to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of the people of the region, the state, the nation, and the world.  To further support that vision, CEET has recently established Ph.D. degree programs in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience.

Closing Date:  Preference will be given to complete applications received by January 15, 2020; however, applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

Application Process:  Applications should be submitted online at and should consist of:  a cover letter describing professional background, qualifications, and leadership approach; a complete curriculum vitae; a statement of research interest; a statement of teaching philosophy; a vision statement for future of the program (; and the names and contact information of five professional references.  The vision statement should clearly indicate how the applicant’s leadership can elevate the research and teaching in the program to national prominence.  For questions or nominations, please contact Barb Lauger at 815-753-2256 or email 

In addition, applicants who are selected for interviews who hold Ph.D. degrees from non-U.S. academic institution(s), degree credentials (i.e., transcripts and other academic records) that do not conform to standard U.S. format must undergo a course-by-course evaluation by the World Evaluation Services (WES), or another organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, as part of the application packet.  Also, if the official transcript(s) and other academic records are not in English, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.  All costs associated with the evaluation service and notarization is covered by the applicant.

Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.


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Director, Biomedical Engineering Program

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

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