Austin College-Founding Professor/Director

Austin College-Founding Professor/Director


Austin College

Founding Director and Professor of Engineering


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Austin College in its search for its Founding Director and Professor of Engineering.


For full consideration, please apply by January 3rd.


Austin College invites applications for its Founding Director and Professor of Engineering for the emerging Bachelor of Science Program in Engineering.


The ideal candidate will bring their visionary and strategic skills combined with their respect and appreciation for the strengths and values of a liberal arts education to start and grow this new engineering program.  Austin College is a founding member of the Texoma Semiconductor Innovation Consortium recently designated a Tech Hub authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act.  The region is experiencing rapid growth and Austin College is committed to developing an excellent engineering program well poised to serve our students and lead our region.


The Founding Director will lead the development of the program from its inception by building upon the existing strengths, values, and liberal arts mission of the College. This role is ideal for a person seeking to be a part of a growing academic enterprise on the cutting edge of discovery, learning, and engagement. The Founding Director will facilitate the program through ABET accreditation as well as develop a vision with respect to emerging subdisciplines.  The Program Director will be expected to teach courses in support of the program as well as the institution’s core “Compass” curriculum. 


The Program Director is a full-time twelve-month open-rank position with tenure track teaching responsibilities. The Founding Director will report to the Dean of Sciences and work closely with the existing Physics Department. 




  • Build a new program: Plan, organize, and implement a high-quality Engineering program that is consistent with the strengths and mission of Austin College and is in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), including curriculum design, space planning, and laboratory and equipment specifications.
  • Acquire ABET Accreditation: Plan and shepherd the program though the process of acquiring ABET accreditation.
  • Teach Courses: Design and teach courses that contribute to the engineering program and to the college's "Compass" general education curriculum and participate in undergraduate student research activities.
  • Foster Industry Relationships: Work with regional industry to maintain employment, internship, and research opportunities.
  • Recruit students: Collaborate with Institutional Enrollment to recruit a high quality and diverse pool of student applicants.
  • Administer program: Provide ongoing administration of the Program’s operation, including fiscal management; curriculum oversight; and continuous review, analysis, and improvement of the Program.



  • A visionary who likes new challenges: The College is seeking a creative and innovative leader possessing the personal and professional skills to develop a new program that is consistent with Austin College’s liberal arts mission and builds on its values and strengths.
  • Collaborative leadership style: The Founding Director should be an excellent communicator and collaborative leader who is effective at reaching across programmatic and institutional boundaries to build partnerships both within and outside the institution.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion: Each member of the Austin College community is responsible for creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion that engages students and valorizes each other’s contribution to our shared educational mission. The successful candidate will be committed to promoting an inclusive institution for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Familiarity with ABET accreditation: The college is seeking someone with personal experience taking or teaching undergraduate courses in engineering within an ABET-accredited program.

To Apply 


For full consideration, please apply by January 3rd.


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