J. Steven Whisler Chair for the Head of Mining Engineering

Colorado School of Mines
Contract type
Golden, CO
Closing date
1 May 2023
$225,000 - $275,000 total annual compensation

The Department of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) is seeking a visionary and inspirational leader to be the first-ever J. Steven Whisler Chair for the Head of Mining Engineering.  

This endowed position was recently established as part of a $7.5M gift from Steve and Ardy Whisler that also established the J. Steven Whisler Professor of Practice and the J. Steven Whisler Scholars Program.

We seek a non-conventional leader who can develop and advance a vision that positions our #1 world-ranked Mining Engineering program to be the exemplar for all other mining engineering programs in the future.

The J. Steven Whisler Chair for the Head of Mining Engineering will have both academic and industry experience with a clear vision for training the next generation of engineers in sustainable mining, entrepreneurship, and systems-level thinking. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards, are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way and have a strong commitment to building a program that attracts faculty and students from a wide range of backgrounds.  

The J. Steven Whisler Chair for the Head of Mining Engineering will have access to endowed resources that can be used to support the teaching and research mission of the Department but will be expected to be used to rally industry enthusiasm, engagement, and additional support for the program.

There is a preference for candidates with a graduate degree in Mining Engineering or a related field (e.g., mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, etc.).  There is also preference for a candidate having leadership experience in industry, or with teaching in and working within or with people employed in an academic environment.

The compensation for this position is based on current base salary benchmarking for the position, additional Department Head pay and additional supplemental pay for summer work.  The benefits packet will continue to reflect the offering for Academic Faculty.

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Priority application deadline May 1

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