Director of the Houston Engineering Center

The College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, Houston Engineering Center (HEC). The College of Engineering seeks a dynamic, self-confident, self-motivated individual to serve as the Director of its Houston Engineering Center, located on Hayes Road along the Energy Corridor in the greater Houston area. This position reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering and is responsible for administrative operations, recruiting, interaction with Junior and Community colleges and facilities management for the HEC.  The Director will participate in the College leadership in matters pertaining to the delivery of academic courses in the HEC including but not limited to budgetary, scheduling and room allocations, facility utilization and personnel decisions when pertaining to the HEC operations. The Director will assist in operations of the HEC and facilitate a collegial and productive work environment for faculty, staff and students. The Director should have extensive background in industry/professional practice and be prepared as part of the College leadership team to be an innovative and visionary leader who is committed to excellence in undergraduate education, and enhancing the diversity of the college’s faculty and students, in the Houston facility. In cooperation with the HEC faculty and the Department Chairs, the Director should assist to create a vision and long-term goals for the HEC. The Director is responsible for recruitment and outreach to industrial representatives and the Houston area 2-year Colleges to attract students and support for the HEC as it develops its future impact in the region.

Required qualifications include:

  • at least a master’s degree in engineering or project/construction management from an institution offering ABET accredited baccalaureate degrees;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and the ability to work with and demonstrate sensitivity to students from diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
  • industrial design experience and/or experience teaching and presenting engineering or project/construction management subject matter
  • self-discipline with good organizational and planning skills and able to effectively lead and manage others, experience with supervision of a technical staff preferred
  • five or more years’ experience as an engineer, engineering professor, or in an engineering/project management industry
  • Additional education, such as a Ph.D., may replace some of the required work experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Houston Engineering Center administration and day-to-day operations, including but not limited to the oversight of lecture and laboratory facilities and equipment
  • interfacing with Houston Community College and advising prospective students interested in admission to UT Tyler and the benefits of study engineering at UT Tyler, participate in student activities as appropriate
  • promote the UT Tyler brand and the UT Tyler engineering programs in the greater Houston area in collaboration with recruiters from UT Tyler
  • maintain liaisons and good working relationships with the Independent School Districts and community colleges in the greater Houston area with planned and deliberate outreach for recruiting and admissions
  • actively participate in affairs in the University, including assisting the engineering departments maintain ABET program accreditation through assessment assistance as appropriate
  • build relationships with the local engineering community and coordinate with the Office of Career Services to develop industrial partnerships beneficial to UT Tyler and the programs offered in Houston and our students.

A successful candidate will demonstrate the capacity to leverage industry relations, community college partnerships, and the College faculty to advance opportunities for engineering students, graduates, and alumni throughout the great Houston area, and the ability to enhance the brand and reputation of the UT Tyler College of Engineering.


Tyler, TX 75799
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