University of Missouri-Kansas City – Open Tenure, Tenure-Track Position in Urban Stormwater Management

Position Title: Assistant/Associate/Professor


Position Description: The School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City seeks applicants for a tenured or tenure-track position in the Civil Engineering Program within the school’s rapidly-growing Division of Natural and Built Environments ( The position is a full-time, benefit-eligible, academic year (9 month) appointment with the possibility to start September 1, 2023 or January 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed starting October 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The position seeks applicants whose primary research areas include water resources with preference given to those that specialize in urban stormwater and/or environmental stormwater engineering applications. However, candidates with research and teaching interests in all areas of water resources engineering will be considered, including surface and groundwater hydrology, hydraulics, water resources management, and hydrological modeling. The Program is especially interested in candidates that can collaborate strategically with current expertise within the division, centers, college, and state. Kansas City is uniquely situated in a thriving and growing urban stormwater initiative region, which is sustained through private and public partnerships, and regulatory and stakeholder convergence. Candidates are sought that can integrate well within these established partnerships. Applicants will be prioritized according to how well they would complement and expand current NBE (or Civil Engineering?) research strengths in structural engineering, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, materials, and construction management. Successful candidates will be able to teach undergraduate Civil Engineering courses, and should have particular interest in teaching courses in water resources including introductory level fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, hydrology, and urban stormwater. Candidates interested in teaching introductory level environmental engineering courses in addition to water resources are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in those who have the ability to teach to a diverse student body, including those from underrepresented groups.

Successful candidates will be expected to: (1) have a strong commitment to quality undergraduate and graduate engineering education and supporting a diverse student body; (2) teach courses in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs; (3) develop and maintain an outstanding record of scholarly activity, including an externally-funded research program; (4) engage in departmental, school, and/or university service activities appropriate to the position; and (5) advance the goals and strategic plan of SSE and UMKC.

The Civil Engineering Program offers an ABET-accredited BS degree, MS degree, and PhD. Civil Engineering currently has 5 tenured faculty members, nearly 30 teaching and adjunct faculty, over 400 undergraduate students, and over 60 graduate students. The engineering student body has grown by over 30% in the last five years, with further increases in enrollment expected for Fall 2022 and beyond. Numerous research programs within SSE will expand into the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center, a $32 million state-of-the-art facility opened in Fall 2020.

The Natural and Built Environment Division offers a collaborative and supportive working environment in which input from all faculty members is valued. This unique environment continues to foster truly innovative partnerships in both research and teaching. UMKC is located in the heart of Kansas City, a world-class engineering hub that is home to companies such as Honeywell, Black and Veatch, and Burns and McDonnell that provide enriching educational partnerships for SSE students and faculty. The Kansas City metropolitan area, with a population of over 2.3 million, is home to many diverse communities, a thriving arts community, unique shopping and entertainment districts, excellent restaurants, and three professional sports teams. The Kansas City International Airport, originally built in 1972, is currently being replaced with an ultra-modern $1 Billion single terminal design. UMKC actively welcomes faculty that represent the diverse nature of Kansas City metropolitan community including those that have been historically underrepresented.  UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS and PhD in Civil Engineering, or a closely-related discipline. ABDs will be considered.

Contact: Interested candidates should apply online at Click on View Jobs, register as a new user, and then locate the Division of Natural and Built Environment positions posted on 10/11/22 – Assistant/Associate/Professor – Tenure Track. In one pdf file less than 8 MB in size, include a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research directions/objectives, a statement of teaching experience/philosophy, and contact information of three references. For additional information contact Ms. Jane Vogl (, Assistant to the Dean, School of Science and Engineering, subject: CIV ENGR FAC SEARCH.