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The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Center for Aviation Studies (CAS). CAS seeks a leader who can envision the next stage of growth based in a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates engineering, business and behavioral philosophies to the many components of the aviation industry.

The Center for Aviation Studies is based in Ohio State’s rich history of teaching aviation, beginning in 1917.Throughout its history, the program has trained pilots for two world wars, as well as civilians. The School of Aviation was created in 1942, becoming the Department of Aviation within the College of Engineering in 1963 and the Center for Aviation Studies in 2011. CAS enrolls more than 450 students each semester in its three-degree programs, encompassing all aspects of the air transportation system. Its Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited degree programs span three colleges: Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Aviation), Arts and Sciences (Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences: Air Transportation, offered by the Department of Geography), and the Fisher College of Business (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Aviation Management). CAS is also home to flight education, an undergraduate minor, and a program in aircraft dispatch. As a collaborator in Ohio State’s Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus located at Don Scott Field (KOSU), CAS is a vital part of Ohio’s center of excellence in aviation, preparing students to lead, develop, and operate a safe and efficient global aviation system for the 21st century.

The College of Engineering has about 10,000 students and offers 14 undergraduate and 13 graduate degrees in 12 engineering departments, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate degrees in the Knowlton School of Architecture. The College has recently expanded its degree offerings with a BS in Engineering Technology available at the university’s regional campuses. The College is one of the largest and most impactful institutions in the field with 405 engineering and architecture faculty members. The College has 14 National Academy of Engineering members and numerous fellows of societies and award recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the College had more than $138 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled over $43 million.

CAS is housed in the College of Engineering, which provides fertile ground for innovation and collaboration. The college promotes the university’s land-grant mission to create, transfer, and preserve knowledge for the purpose of enhancing economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally and by preparing professionals ready to sustain and advance society. The College strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive to reach their full potential ( We seek candidates who are committed to contributing to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty that are essential components of excellence.

The Ohio State University and the College of Engineering are committed to the support and development of its faculty, as well as their work-life balance. These resources include the Engineering Faculty Mentoring Program, the Better Research through Better Mentoring Program, and institutional memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. To learn more visit:

Director of Center for Aviation Studies Overview
The Director of the Center for Aviation Studies should be a bold leader who can envision innovative pathways to the future of Aviation education at Ohio State. CAS currently employs five lectures and one professional practice faculty. The Director uses their effective communication and interpersonal skills to build on existing relationships across three colleges and among Ohio State’s Aerospace program, Flight Education, and The Ohio State University Airport – Don Scott . It is anticipated that the Center is on track to become a department within the College of Engineering in order to continue to grow in size and influence over the next 5 to 10 years. Through their strong record of ethical behavior, integrity and transparency, the Director cultivates and sustains an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment that encourages people to meet their full potential, including through faculty and staff development, hiring and retention, and student recruitment and retention. The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering, is responsible for all administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions within CAS, and will be responsible for leadership, management, and strategic vision for the next phase of the CAS’s growth.

Required Qualifications:
• Earned doctorate in aviation, or a closely related field
• The professional qualifications and credentials necessary to be appointed at the rank of full professor in one of the departments of the College of Engineering
• Demonstrated expertise as an innovative scholar in aviation research characterized by robust external funding and publications in top disciplinary journals
• A demonstrated record of, and strong commitment to, cultivating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment

Desired Qualifications:
• Ability to develop, articulate and execute a strong strategic vision for CAS
• Experience in leading people and managing academic programs and budgets
• A collaborative leadership style that builds and grows relationships within, and between, the CAS, the three colleges, the Air Transportation and Aerospace Campus, University, and external stakeholders, such as alumni, parents, business, government and the local community
• A commitment to academic excellence and interdisciplinary education at the undergraduate level
• A commitment to collaborative research and a track record of competitive research funding from a variety of sources
• A record of service to, and leadership of, the profession within a university or research organization
• Demonstrated ability and/or previous experience working collaboratively with college and university administrators and leaders to achieve departmental goals and objectives
• A history of engaging in national or international partnerships, entrepreneurial activities, industrial partnerships, and/or external fundraising

To view the Full Position Description and for guidance on how to apply, please visit:

Application review will begin on December 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2023 and is negotiable.