The University of Arizona invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. 

About the University

The University of Arizona is a premier, public, Research I, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a member of both the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU).  As the state's only land-grant university, UA produces graduates who are real world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized globally for its culture of academic rigor and interdisciplinary activities, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. UA seeks to improve the prospects and enrich the lives of the people of Arizona and the larger society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution through education, research and creative expression. 

About the College

The mission of the College of Engineering is to improve the quality of life through excellence in education and research.  By emphasizing the fundamentals of math, science and engineering, the College fosters lifelong learning, leadership and productive careers.  The College of Engineering has and operates according to five core values, including excellence, cooperation, openness, diversity, and ethics.  With an enrollment of over 3,800 students, the College is home to 15 undergraduate degree programs in the following departments: aerospace and mechanical engineering, biosystems engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical and environmental engineering, civil and architectural engineering and mechanics, electrical and computer engineering, materials science and engineering, mining and geological engineering, optical sciences and engineering, and systems and industrial engineering. Its innovative senior capstone design program is uncommonly strong and has grown to become one of the largest programs in the nation with over 460 students and 87 sponsored projects last academic year.

This is an exciting time at the University of Arizona as the campus nears completion of a year-long strategic planning process. Already a campus leader in evidence-based approaches to teaching, the College is central to academic initiatives that are paramount in University’s strategic plan. With UA’s recent HSI designation, the College is poised to take the national spotlight in STEM education as a preferred destination for a diverse and multicultural student body. With several new interdisciplinary research buildings planned, Engineering will capitalize on UA’s historic and unmatched strength in space and optical sciences, its unique partnership with Banner Health, its defense-focused Applied Research Corporation, and its innovative micro-campus model for international research and education. Leveraging Arizona’s unique assets, climate, and geography, the Engineering Dean has an opportunity to dramatically improve how the College educates its students, conducts research, and serves our communities.

Role and Responsibilities

The Dean, who reports to the Provost, serves as the chief academic officer for the College, and guides the effort in academic and curriculum development, research and scholarly activities, faculty and staff development, external fundraising and building of partnerships with the industry community and alumni. 

The candidate should have an earned terminal degree and evidence of scholarly and professional achievement sufficient to qualify for tenure at the rank of Professor.  In addition, it is preferred the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Ability to develop the vision required to fulfill the mission of the College and to achieve its goals in teaching, research and service;
  • Strong administrative decision making skills to provide effective leadership and management;
  • Established record of proactively growing the research and scholarship profile within a department or college;
  • Capability to serve as the public face of the College and a track record of successful fundraising and talent for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Proven administrative experience, a high standard of professional integrity and a strong sense of ethics;
  • Ability to connect the College with important areas of opportunity within the University;
  • A record of fostering academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and scholarly research;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success;
  • Leadership and communications skills and budget management experience necessary to administer the affairs of the college and interact effectively with other university administrative officers;
  • An effective collaborator and consensus builder who can communicate with multiple constituencies and enable local, regional, national and international partnerships with government agencies, commodity groups, stakeholders, and corporations;
  • Commitment to enhance the cultural and ethnic diversity of the faculty, staff and students in the College and to advancing an inclusive climate that stimulates excellence;
  • Ability to promote collaboration and integration of teaching and research in areas that are closely aligned with the College;
  • Strong communication skills and commitment to openness, collaboration and shared decision-making.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to December 15, 2018:  

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com
Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 109 Fax:  770-804-1917

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