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Job position of Director of the University of Toledo’s Intermodal Transportation Institute


The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute


Applications and nominations are sought for the position of Director of the University of Toledo’s Intermodal Transportation Institute (ITI).  The Intermodal Transportation Institute, established in 2004, is an interdisciplinary Institute developed to promote and coordinate UT’s research, education and community engagement relating to transportation and to serve as a portal for external constituencies to access UT’s transportation-related talent and resources.  The ITI has a broad agenda of interdisciplinary activities relating to the full spectrum of transportation-related topics of academic interest and of interest to the local community.  These include supply chain management and business logistics, the design and planning of intermodal transportation systems, transportation data resources, transportation infrastructure improvements, alternative energy sources for transportation, and land-use planning and transportation needs projections.  In addition to research activities, the Institute organizes events and seminars to advance understanding of transportation research in Northwest Ohio and the Great Lakes Region.


The Institute is overseen by a governing board chaired by the Vice President for Government Relations that includes the deans of the colleges of Business and Innovation, Engineering, Language Literature and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.  The Institute is also supported by an external Advisory Board composed of local business and government leaders.


Applications and nominations are encouraged for exceptional candidates who may come from either an academic or non-academic background.  Depending upon the academic qualifications of the successful candidate, the position may carry academic rank in an appropriate department.  The Director will be expected to generate external funding to support the Institute, develop external funding opportunities for other faculty members, coordinate research activities with other universities and governmental agencies, and organize and lead proposal development activities.  The successful candidate will be recognized on and off campus as a leader in transportation and should bring the following qualifications: 

  • A record of high quality transportation-related research publications.
  • A record of winning and directing funded transportation related research projects.
  • A Ph.D. or terminal degree in a discipline related to transportation or at least five years of senior-level administrative experience in a non-academic transportation related organization such as industry or a federal or state agency.
  • Demonstrated experience in working on interdisciplinary transportation- related research projects.
  • A record of working with external constituencies, including transportation-related businesses, universities, and other community leaders.
  • A thorough knowledge of current issues and trends relating to transportation as well as federal initiatives and funding underway relating to transportation.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to generate support for the Institute both across the University and from outside the University.
  • A passion for transportation that can motivate students, faculty and others.

This is a full-time 12 month position that includes summer support and an administrative stipend.  If the Director has academic rank, he or she will maintain a portion of his or her duties and responsibilities to the Director’s home department including some teaching and graduate program responsibilities. 


Letters of nomination should be submitted no later than Friday, January 29, 2016.  Applicants should submit a letter of application explaining their interest and qualifications for the position along with a current curriculum vita and the names, titles and contact information for three references (who will be contacted after approval of the candidate) no later than Monday, February 15, 2016.  Application packets and letters or nominations should be sent to  Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Neil Reid, Ph.D., Department of Geography & Planning, MS 140, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606, USA.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.

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