Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *
University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Position #00350014 - Requisition 07543
The University of Colorado Denver invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 18,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 5,000 degrees each year. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer nearly 150 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. Our campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at our comprehensive campus in the heart of Denver, we offer a wide array of health-related programs and facilities at our Anschutz Medical Campus. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the CU Denver campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the central business district and the Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo), affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science has a strong foundation in applied research and experiential learning. All eligible undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The college is home to five departments, including Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. It also has three research centers: Center for Geotechnical Engineering Science, Center for Sustainable Infrastructural Systems, and Transportation Research Center. It offers bachelors through doctoral degrees in each discipline, including a unique interdisciplinary Engineering and Applied Science PhD and joint graduate programs with the College of Architecture and Planning and the Business School.
The mission of the college is to provide the highest quality engineering and computer science educational degree programs, to conduct cutting edge research in science and technology, to translate innovative new technologies motivated by research for the benefit of human society, and to become a catalyst for regional economic development.
The college has nationally recognized faculty in several prominent research areas of international importance. In recent years, faculty have earned prestigious research awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, General Motors, and more. The campus is in close proximity to several national research labs, public institutions, and government entities including, the National Renewable Energy Lab, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver, and the Air Force Academy.
The college is the only engineering college in the metropolitan region where working individuals can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees entirely through late afternoon and evening studies. Its central location offers ample hands-on learning opportunities for students and access to relevant industry connections and partnerships.
The Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science is responsible for the effective leadership of the teaching, scholarship (creative work/research), and outreach/engagement activities in the college.
The Dean will provide leadership for the college's curricular initiatives, research and scholarship, professional training, and recruitment and retention of high quality faculty, staff, and student talent. The Dean is expected to: provide exceptional leadership and overall direction as they lead the college into the forefront as a dynamic and responsive leader in engineering education; work collaboratively with the faculty and staff and effectively and meaningfully engage the engineering community. The Dean is also responsible for the college's strategic planning, program evaluation and development, corporate outreach, alumni engagement, fundraising, enrollment, retention, student persistence and completion, market planning, interdisciplinary initiatives in education and research, and the management of the college's administrative and financial affairs. As the chief academic officer of the college, the Dean also appoints department heads, oversees accreditation, develops new curricula and programs, and strengthens external relationships. The ideal candidate must be an effective fundraiser who is able to establish beneficial relationships with alumni donors and friends, industry partners, the engineering community, government agencies, and the college's various constituents.
The ideal candidate will have a strong, demonstrated commitment and accomplishment in building diversity and inclusion, an understanding of the challenges of engineering education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment, demonstrated effective leadership skills, and the ability to motivate and manage change, energize and lead a committed faculty and staff, and the ability to forge partnerships, raise funds and partner with the engineering community.
This position requires an earned terminal doctorate from an institution of higher education in a discipline relevant to the academic programs of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, leadership experience in higher education, and a record of scholarship, teaching and service sufficient to be appointed as a full professor with tenure at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to these minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated senior-level leadership success at a research university and/or sustained executive-level success in the engineering profession.
Examples of Work Performed
The Dean serves as the chief academic officer of the college with full responsibility for its academic programs and curricula, the college's budget, and its outreach, engagement and development activities. The Dean will effectively and meaningfully engage the engineering community.
The Dean's responsibilities include (not in priority order):
- In collaboration with the faculty, providing intellectual leadership and a strong commitment to the educational programs housed in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
- Working with the faculty to continuously improve the teaching/learning programs and environment of the college.
- Working in consultation with the provost and in collaboration with other Deans to ensure a university-wide perspective on broad institutional matters.
- Increasing the college's resource base by engaging in fundraising activities for the college. A University of Colorado advancement officer works with the Dean.
- Building networks and forging and strengthening alliances with industry partners.
- Encouraging greater scholarship (creative work/research) activity involving both undergraduate and graduate students in externally funded and campus-supported efforts.
- Overseeing the activities necessary to maintain the college's accreditations.
- Working to promote scholarship (creative work/research), innovation and entrepreneurial activities in the college and raising its stature and funding.
- Advocating for the college internally as well as statewide, nationally, and internationally.
- Leading efforts/activities to enhance the student experience and advance enrollments, diversity and inclusion, and retention and persistence efforts among the college's students.
- Providing outstanding strategic leadership and critically evaluating/embracing emerging directions in higher education, industry, and the technology spheres.
- Meeting agreed upon campus objectives for the college within the established budget.
- Demonstrating a strong commitment to the university's urban location and to the rich diversity of the urban environment, while exploring opportunities to engage across Colorado and around the globe.
- Enhancing the College of Engineering and Applied Science brand through activities, events, and intellectual leadership in the engineering and government communities.
Salary and Benefits
The hiring salary for this position is competitive and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.
The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
- Earned terminal doctorate in a discipline relevant to the academic programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
- Leadership experience in higher education.
- Record of scholarship, teaching, and service sufficient to be appointed as a full professor with tenure in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.
- Demonstrated senior-level leadership success at a research university and/or sustained executive-level success in engineering or industry.
- Evidence of ability to forge partnerships, raise funds, and partner with industry to meet strategic growth and development goals.
- Strong, demonstrated commitment and accomplishment in building diversity and inclusion.
- Ability to understand the challenges of engineering education in an increasingly competitive and technologically diverse environment.
- Demonstrated effective leadership skills.
- Ability to motivate and manage change, energize, and lead a committed faculty and staff.
Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. Questions should be directed to Karen Fennell at Karen.Fennell@ucdenver.edu
Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.
Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV
Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by December 12, 2016. Those who do not apply by December 12, 2016 may or may not be considered.
Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Denver
Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30026 - Provost/VC Academic&Student Af
Posting Date: Nov 14, 2016
Closing Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Karen Fennell
Posting Contact Email: Karen.Fennell@ucdenver.edu
Position Number: 00350014