Grainger Engineering: Head and Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Other Engineering
Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

Head and Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

National Search

The Grainger College of Engineering (GCOE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader as the next Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

 ECE Illinois is at an exciting time of education, research, and innovation in major technical specializations of both electrical and computer engineering. Our program is top ranked in both undergraduate and graduate education and has approximately 2200 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, with 110 faculty members. We are seeking applicants who will contribute to the diverse and vibrant atmosphere in the department.

 The Head is a tenured full Professor in ECE who reports to the Dean of the GCOE. Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in a relevant field, as well as demonstrate a scholarly record as a tenured faculty member and a renowned reputation in research. Candidates eligible for a named professorship or chair are preferred, but not required. The position has responsibilities for leading the faculty in the development of research, teaching, and public service, as well as engaging with industry, private foundations, and alumni to advance the success and excellence of the department. The Head also has primary oversight of all administrative, budgetary, and promotional decisions for the department. The successful candidate will:

        lead the department by presenting a compelling vision for ECE;

         work with the GCOE and partners, execute and align the department strategic plan to that of the college and campus strategic plan;

        sustain and expand the scholarly excellence of the department, and endeavor to be the leading program in the country;

        foster, advocate, and promote cutting-edge, innovative undergraduate and graduate curricula as well as multidisciplinary research collaborations through effective leadership and management; foster a positive, engaging environment for undergraduate program excellence;

         demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and work with faculty and staff to promote and create initiatives in these important areas throughout the department;

        promote an engaging environment for tenure-system and specialized faculty members, grounded on effective mentoring and academic and professional development;

        leverage both existing and new long-term connections with industry to better position ECE as a leader in cutting-edge research and industry partnerships;

        create and maintain a supportive environment for faculty to pursue large-scale interdisciplinary center funding with major impact;

        endorse a culture of active alumni engagement with the department that celebrates its graduates as agents of its impact to the world and as the stewards of its long-term excellence;

        direct the department’s advancement campaign, and establish strategic engagement and partnerships with foundations and private institutions that share the department’s passion and vision for overall excellence;

        perform other duties as needed to further the mission of the department.


 The ECE Head position is an administrative appointment accompanied by a 100% tenured faculty appointment with full university benefits. Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 5, 2024. Applications will be evaluated as they are received; those received after the closing date may be considered until the position is filled. The proposed start date is August 16, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu. The application package should be uploaded in the “CV/Resume” section as a single PDF file that includes: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter articulating a vision for this position, 3) statement on commitment to diversity, and4) names and contact information for three references. The statement on diversity should address past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service. For further information regarding application procedures, please address questions to Lori Willoughby at rairden@illinois.edu. For inquiries of interest and/or nominations, please contact the search committee chair, Prof. Klara Nahrstedt, at klara@illinois.edu.

 Illinois is committed to supporting faculty members and their families with a wide range of programs, services, and policies to help balance career and personal goals, including an active and successful Dual Career Academic Couples Program.

 Urbana-Champaign offers a high quality of life at a low cost of living. The culturally diverse area offers excellent and affordable housing and schools, a wide variety of cultural events (including world-class music, dance, and theater performances at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the bi-annual Ellnora Guitar Festival, and the annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival), and culinary offerings, and opportunities for outdoor activity and recreation, all in a compact and bike-friendly footprint that minimizes commuting time. Chicago is two hours away by car and reachable by train or air and offers all the enticements of a big city as well as a wide variety of national and international travel connections. The website Smile Politely is a great source of information about the area.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

Requisition ID: 1021318
Job Category: Faculty
Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu