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Professor and Head – Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Jun. 6, 2018
Title Professor and Head – Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Department Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Application Deadline Jul. 15, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Urbana, IL
    United States
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Water Management/Policy
    Land & Water Resource Engineering
    Food & Nutritional Science
    Environmental Science & Ecology
    Engineering/Engineering Extension
    Biosystems Engineering
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders.
Be a part of our story. Lead our world-class and internationally recognized Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) which has an established international reputation for its research in a broad array of specializations. ABE is consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation. The University of Illinois is home to Top 10-ranked programs in agriculture and engineering. ABE is interdisciplinary nature, as there is collaboration across the University of Illinois campus as well as the University of Illinois Research Park.

The successful candidate will join our dynamic and internationally established department, with specializations that are closely associated with agriculture, food, water, energy, and the environment. ABE faculty are involved in teaching, research, and extension programs. Our department offers two cutting-edge undergraduate majors: Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Technical Systems Management. The department’s home is in the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building with faculty and facilities integrated across the campus. ABE ( is one of seven departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. The Department has 18 tenure-track faculty members, an undergraduate student enrollment of approximately 370, and a graduate student enrollment of approximately 80. The U.S. News and World Report consistently rank the Agricultural and Biological Engineering departments in the top three of the nation. Students and faculty participate in two highly ranked colleges: the College of ACES ( and the College of Engineering (

The department’s research and outreach programs relate to integrating life and engineering for advancing systems of agriculture, food, water, energy and the environment. Department wide, responsibilities are divided between research, teaching and extension with annual support of about $3.5 million from state and federal recurring funds, and about $2.2 million from grants, contracts, and gifts.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus ( has a student enrollment of over 40,000, and nearly 2,000 faculty members. The College of ACES is home to seven academic departments. The College of Engineering houses twelve academic. Both colleges are widely recognized for their commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs.
Urbana-Champaign is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a vibrant and diverse community of 110,000, and is easy driving distance from St. Louis and Indianapolis. Our community offers the residential advantages of a medium-sized university city, excellent cultural opportunities, and a high quality of life.

The professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) is a full-time administrative position in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position is responsible for the administration of the research, teaching, outreach, and international activities provided by ABE. Specifically the head’s responsibilities are:

  • Provide leadership and vision to the department, advancing the goals of the land-grant mission in teaching, research, outreach, Extension , and international activities
  • Develop, communicate, and enforce departmental policy guidelines in consultation with the faculty
  • Plan, supervise, and recruit for all academic programs in the department
  • Supervise, evaluate faculty and staff in the department
  • Develop and implement a strong mentoring program for faculty and staff within the department
  • Administer budgetary and financial matters within the department
  • Provide leadership with college support for development and fundraising
  • Represent the department within the College of ACES, the College of Engineering and across the campus
  • Facilitate collaboration with the stakeholders of the ABE department including the current and future alumni, leaders in industry, government, other universities, public groups, and professional societies

All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in engineering with demonstrated accomplishments in fields closely associated with agriculture, food, water, energy, cyber-physical systems or the environment. Candidates must be qualified for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. The position requires demonstrated leadership, administration, and management skills, as well as an ability to work with people, and to listen and communicate ideas effectively. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of a land-grant university and to international activities. Experience with public and private funding sources is necessary.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

As soon after July 15, 2018 as a suitable candidate is identified and available.

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by July 15, 2018. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Candidates may be interviewed before July 15, however no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application/interest including the applicant’s administrative experience/philosophy, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, email). All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval.

For further information, please contact search chair Dr. Jennifer Bernhard, Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, via e-mail ( For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email jobs@

  • The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the university’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Jennifer Bernhard, Associate Dean
    College of Engineering
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana, IL 61801
  • 217-333-6747


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