The University of St. Thomas (UST), a private Catholic University committed to the liberal arts and the religious and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education, located in Houston, Texas, near the vibrant central business district, Texas Medical Center, and museum district, invites applications from outstanding candidates for for a full-time, open rank position in engineering and physics to assume the role of Department Chair. The start date for the position is August 2024.

Located in Houston, Texas, UST is a diverse and vibrant urban campus. Working in collaboration with the Division Dean of Natural Sciences, Engineering & Mathematics and the department faculty, the department chair is the steward of the academic program. The successful candidate will find a highly functioning and growing department with a dedicated and cohesive team of faculty. The department offers a major in physics as well as ABET aligned majors in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, and mechanical engineering.


Obtain and maintain compliance with professional accreditations (ABET).
Develop assessment plans, collect data, and prepare annual reports for regional accreditation (SACSCOC) in consultation with faculty and division dean.
Develop and implement new and update existing academic programs as needed.
Advise majors and assign faculty academic advisors for majors.
Identify and mentor qualified full-time and adjunct faculty.
Maintain a two-year rotation of course offerings.
Teach undergraduate lectures and laboratory courses offered by the department.
Develop a research program involving and suited for undergraduate student participation.

A Ph.D. in an engineering discipline appropriate to the department.
Experience with curriculum development and ABET accreditation.
Previous experience as a department chair or higher.
Excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
A commitment to the university’s mission.

Applicants must provide:

Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position.
Curriculum vitae.
Three professional letters of recommendation.
A reflective response on Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of St. Thomas is committed to hiring faculty who can help it not only fulfill its integrated mission – the formation of the whole person for flourishing in this life and the next – but also advance it in new ways. The University’s Catholic identity is the center of this mission, a Catholicism expressed for our own age by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope St. John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The University asks all candidates applying for this position to consider these documents to ensure their professional goals and practices can align with them.

While applicants need not be Catholic, they must be able to support the University as it seeks to be faithful to and embody the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.