Associate Professor/Professor and Department Chair

Organizational Unit Overview

The College of Engineering and Technology is comprised of the Departments of Computer Science, Construction Management, Engineering, and Technology Systems. Faculty and staff in the College provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate degree opportunities and research and service programs that enable students to achieve their career goals and that promote a strong, sustainable future for our region.

The Department of Construction Management ( is a unit of the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University. The department offers two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (ACCE accredited) and a Master of Science in Construction Management. As of Fall 2023, the department consists of sixteen full-time faculty members, eight adjunct faculty members, and two staff members, plus an enrollment of 745 undergraduate and 19 graduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chair of the Department of Construction Management serves as the department’s chief administrative officer and reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. The chair will work closely with the college’s leadership team to develop and advance the culture, mission, and strategic plans of the college and department to create a student-centered environment that delivers a relationship-rich education to every student in the department’s academic programs. The chair will provide direction, support, and leadership of the department’s faculty and staff to foster excellence in academic programs, student engagement in co-curricular activities, and interdisciplinary collaboration in scholarship and research. The chair must build and sustain relationships with the department’s advisory board, working with the dean to cultivate the engagement and support of the board and the industry partners they represent.

The primary responsibilities of this position include administration and leadership of the department; developing and implementing the department’s five-year strategic plan and annual plans; promoting excellence in the department’s academic programs; supporting and mentoring faculty to achieve excellence in their teaching, scholarship, and service; upholding departmental, college, and university policies and standards; fostering collegial and productive relationships in departmental governance; and effectively representing the department to internal and external constituents. The CET College Code gives the full list of duties of its department chairs.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting student success across a diverse student population including first-generation, rural, and other undeserved groups. The next chair will also lead collaborative efforts for continuous improvement of the undergraduate and graduate programs leading to sustained excellence. The chair will coordinate faculty involvement in initiatives focused on marketing, outreach, and recruiting, as well as student success programming to foster a department culture prioritizing student inclusion, belonging, retention, and timely graduation. The next chair will lead collaborative efforts to advance the department’s academic reputation and student engagement in the internship program and other experiential learning opportunities. The chair will promote and advance faculty engagement in interdisciplinary scholarship through collaboration-building and coaching to address emerging opportunities at the regional, state, national, and international levels. The chair will be expected to lead future hiring efforts to sustain key competencies for teaching and research in Construction Management and related areas. The chair will be committed to promoting faculty success in their work and professional development through hiring, annual review, tenure and promotion, and resource allocations in support of faculty teaching, research, and service activities.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, on-site position with a 9-month/year appointment as a tenured faculty member, expanded to 12 months with administrative stipend for service as chair. The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2024. The department is located on ECU’s main campus in Greenville, NC; on-site presence is required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience

The successful candidate must (1) hold an earned terminal degree in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field; (2) have achieved accomplishments commensurate with a faculty appointment as a tenured professor, and (3) have administrative experience or evidence of management skills commensurate with the position.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Industry or other professional experience in the construction field or related industry sectors, preferably in the U.S.
  • A sustained record of excellence in teaching and student advising
  • A sustained record of excellence in scholarship, including publications and presentations relevant to the construction industry
  • A record of externally-funded research awards supporting R&D efforts, including some awards as principal investigator
  • A demonstrated record of success in collaborative activities (teaching, research) and/or facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Familiarity with assessment-driven continuous improvement and accreditation processes
  • Experience managing an organization/unit including financial and supervisory responsibility

Special Instructions to Applicant

East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae/resume, and a list of four references, including contact information, online. In addition, please submit additional documents #1 and # 2: Statement of Research Interests/Plans (2 pages), and Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Experience, and Interests (2 pages). Additionally, original letters of reference will be collected through PeopleAdmin as required for employment. Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement. For letters of reference not submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system, please have the original signed letters mailed to Ebony Applewhite-Wiggins, College of Engineering and Technology, 100 Science and Technology Building, Mail Stop 507, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858. The candidate of choice will also be required to submit an original official transcript.

Evaluation of applicants will begin December 1, 2023 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Tijjani “TJ” Mohammed (, Search Committee Chair.


Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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