Dean of the College of Engineering

Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Jan 10, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites nominations and applications for an experienced and visionary leader as dean of the College of Engineering. The College of Engineering includes the departments of Bioengineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer & Information Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics. It offers masters’ degrees in nine fields, including two interdisciplinary programs and two doctoral programs in Electrical Engineering and Engineering & Applied Science that features four multi-disciplinary tracks. Furthermore, it is an active participant in the intercampus graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology and Marine Sciences and Technology. The College of Engineering boasts highly successful faculty researchers and excellent educational opportunities for students. The dean reports to the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs and is a member of the university’s senior management team. The college has been central to the major transformation of the institution, and seeks a dynamic and visionary leader experienced in the development and nurturing of undergraduate and graduate programs of excellence, providing effective support to faculty for the conduct of research and the attraction of funding from a variety of agencies and industries to support it. In addition, experience in the creation of entrepreneurial and fundraising activities, development of centers of excellence, the establishment and cultivation of cross-disciplinary research and teaching initiatives and the management of a complex academic unit underpinned by collegiality and inclusiveness is also expected.  The dean will provide outstanding leadership, and have primary responsibility for the academic excellence, administration and outreach of the college. 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. Established in 1895, UMass Dartmouth has developed from its textile roots into a comprehensive research university that offers an array of highly regarded programs in the liberal arts and sciences, marine sciences, engineering, business and the visual and performing arts. UMass Dartmouth is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top public regional university in New England and it is the only research university in the state south of Boston. UMass Dartmouth is classified as a Carnegie Community Engaged University and recently achieved a major milestone, being designated as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University.

The Dean oversees program, faculty and student productivity and development; fundraising and grantsmanship; external relations; inter-school and multi-disciplinary collaborations within the University and with the external community. The Dean of the College of Engineering will be an advocate for the College, with a focus on the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students with a vision and commitment to capitalize on the assets of the region including its bilingualism, bi-literacy, and bi-cultural environment. The Dean is expected to promote the global visibility of the College’s programs, foster research and creativity, and work closely with leaders of the local, state, and regional communities to ensure that the College’s graduates have knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace of the future. The Dean will be expected to work effectively with students and faculty as well as with the alumni and other benefactors to enhance the reputation of the College. And driving the College’s priorities will be a robust leadership agenda that maximizes student success.

The successful candidate will be a visionary leader and must have:

·        A doctoral degree in one of the College's disciplines or closely related areas and an academic record of accomplishment in teaching, research/professional development, and service consistent with an appointment as a tenured professor in one of the College's departments.

·        A demonstrated record of effective and transparent administrative leadership and classroom teaching experience in higher education.

·        Proven track record of publications and of securing external funding.

·        Proven record of effective and dynamic budget management.

·        An understanding of shared governance and a commitment to foster an environment of shared governance.

·        Experience with accreditation and a familiarity with the ABET accreditation process and/or other STEM focused accreditation.

Applicant Review

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by March 12, 2018

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in this confidential search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Joe Stanley, Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277/ Fax: 850-650-2272
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For more information about UMass Dartmouth, please visit http://www. umassd .edu/.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an AA/EEO institution and actively strives to increase its diversity and encourages women and minorities to apply. UMass Dartmouth does not discriminate in employment against persons based on: age, color, disability, gender identity/ gender expression, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetics.

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