The Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering (MME) at Virginia Tech seeks applications and nominations from talented and motivated individuals for the position of Department Head. The Head oversees MME’s academic programs, which currently serve approximately 125 undergraduate (sophomore to senior) and graduate (PhD, MS, MEng) students. The Head is responsible for management of fiscal and human resources, including 9 tenured and tenure-track faculty and numerous research, teaching and administrative faculty and staff. The Head also acts as MME’s advocate and liaison to college and university administration, as well as to external stakeholders.
MME is one of the largest and most prominent mining-related programs in North America. It currently enjoys a reputation as a global leader in the field, with a stated mission to serve society through education and innovation that supports safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible production of energy and mineral resources. MME has world-class facilities in Holden Hall, which just underwent a complete renovation/rebuild to update 20,000 sqft in the 1940s-era original structure and add over 80,000 sqft of cutting edge research, teaching and advising space. The Department is home to two renowned and highly productive research centers (the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, and the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies), and the faculty include globally recognized experts in mineral processing, geoenergy, and mine health and safety. The diverse research portfolio includes federal, state and privately funded projects, with annual expenditures averaging about $6,000,000 in the past eight years and a notable focus on capacity building and graduate student education. At the undergraduate level, MME’s contemporary curriculum is designed to shape future leaders who have exceptional technical capabilities as well the soft skills needed for a productive and impactful career. MME is a three-time recipient of the University Exemplary Department award, most recently in 2021 for its focus on community and student well-being. Graduates are highly sought after with placement rates consistently near 100%.
To further build its programs and infrastructure, MME is seeking a leader who will work internally to support faculty, staff and students, while also engaging a wide range of external stakeholders including alumni, industry and private partners, and research sponsors. The successful candidate should have a track record of effective leadership and demonstrated abilities that support the development and execution of strategic initiatives. This individual should also possess the interpersonal, organization, and decision-making skills needed for executive management. Moreover, a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity is essential. While predominantly an administrative and leadership position, the MME Department Head is also expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service activities of the department.
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering undergraduate program ranks 16th, and the graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance, and stewardship. Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in Blacksburg, VA, in an area consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. In addition, our facilities in the Washington, D.C., area offer unique proximity to government and industry partners and are also expanding rapidly, with Virginia Tech's exciting new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, slated to open in 2024.
MME is housed within Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked College of Engineering, and operates from the main campus in Blacksburg, VA. Blacksburg is a high-tech hub located in a scenic and vibrant community in the New River Valley between the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and raise a family.
The department fully embraces Virginia Tech’s Commitment to increase faculty, staff, and student diversity; to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe and accessible campus climate; to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive excellence; and to promote sustainable transformation through institutionalized structures. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.