North Carolina State University at Raleigh-Department Head

North Carolina State University at Raleigh-Department Head

Department Head, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

NC State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) has a reputation for excellence and is currently ranked 4th among biological engineering programs across the nation according to US News & World Report. It is led by 27 faculty and 24 staff and has a strong educational program with 225 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. The department is administratively located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with the teaching program jointly administered with the College of Engineering.

The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering provides engineering leadership in the development and dissemination of knowledge related to the efficient utilization of biological systems and to the preservation, restoration and management of natural resources, with academic programs in ecological, environmental, bioprocessing, and agricultural engineering. The Department is also pioneering research, education, and extension in data science and robotics, including leading the NC State Agricultural Data Science Certificate program.

The Opportunity

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

The Position

The Head of the Department provides visionary leadership and effective management to academic, research, and extension programs in a dynamic department with a strong reputation for excellence. The Head also has a key role in the recruitment and development of faculty and staff, oversees the planning and evaluation of the Department’s programs, and is responsible for the allocation and accountability of departmental budgetary matters. This position is expected to promote collaborations and partnerships with other University departments as well as state, national, and international agencies. The Head must be a strong advocate for the Department, the College, the University, and the profession. Because CALS is the primary extension arm of NC State Land Grant College, the department head is also expected to foster strong connections with local communities and industry to ensure the research and extension programs are addressing critical needs of North Carolina and in order to guide the growth and advancement of our teaching programs to best prepare students for the workforce. This position is 100% administrative, but with the flexibility to accommodate some research, teaching, or extension activity.

NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching,

and/or service, to the excellence of the academic community.


The successful candidate must have a doctorate in agricultural, biological, or a closely related engineering field, and a record of professional achievement suitable for the rank of professor.

Additional qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

• Demonstrated effective communication skills and team-building abilities among faculty, staff, administrators, and students;

• The ability to articulate the vision of the department within the context of a large land-grant university to

outside groups including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the general public;

• Abilities in supporting and mentoring faculty, students, and staff and in fostering effective interdisciplinary scholarship; and

• Professional licensure preferred.

How to Apply:

Inquiries and nominations are invited and may be directed to: NC State Executive Search Services: Justin Lang, at (919) 513-1963 or or Jennibeth Brackett, at 919-268-2861 or

Confidential review of applications will begin in January 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume/CV, cover letter, a two-page statement of vision for leadership of the department, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.


NC State provides equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and the university prohibits all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation that are based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation or veteran status.