Dean, School of Computer and Cyber Sciences
Augusta University (AU) is seeking a visionary and dynamic academic leader to serve as the Dean of the newly formed School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and lead the School to success and recognition among peer and aspirant institutions. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a key member of the academic leadership team.
Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia, is becoming a primary hub for cybersecurity in the United States. It is located at the center of a number of academic, governmental and corporate partnerships critical to the nation’s cyber security, including the U.S. Army Cyber Command, the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon. In January 2017, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia would immediately invest $50 million for a world-class cyber range and training facility in Augusta. A portion of the Augusta University Riverfront Campus is being developed and will be home to a 150,000-square-foot Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center. Opening in July 2018, it will house multiple public and private entities, including the Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the Cyber Institute. In December 2018, a $35 million 165,000 square foot expansion will open as an incubator hub for technology startups as well as a training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs.
This visionary investment will usher in a range of exciting opportunities for the region, the state and the university. Along with the federal relocation of the U.S. Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon, our home city of Augusta will be positioned as a national epicenter of cybersecurity and education. Augusta is currently home to a number of cybersecurity assets with the establishment of the Army’s Cyber Command headquarters in Augusta and a growing number of cybersecurity education and training programs. With some of the nation’s most talented and elite cyber professionals educated and trained in Augusta, the local community will benefit through increased tax revenues and consumer spending.
THE SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND CYBER SCIENCES
In response to this investment, Augusta University is creating the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences to expand the university’s computer science and information technology programs, formerly housed in the James M. Hull College of Business. The school’s degree programs include a master’s degree in information security management and bachelor’s degrees in computer science, information technology and information technology with a concentration in cybersecurity. The school also offers certificates in health care information security at the graduate level and cyber defender and advanced cyber defender at the undergraduate level. Additional certificate and degree programs are under development that will expand the academic portfolio of the school.
The Dean of Augusta University’s new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences will serve in a pivotal role for the university and the region. In addition to housing multiple undergraduate and graduate programs, the School is also home to the Augusta University Cyber Institute.The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences will expand on the work done by the Augusta University Cyber Institute in three core areas:
- Cyber Operations – A field that studies the behavior and techniques of cyber criminals.
- Health Security – A field that develops techniques to safeguard health information in cyberspace.
- Data Science – A field that analyzes and makes sense of available data.
The Augusta University Cyber Institute was established in June 2015 to enable, support and champion meaningful, innovative, interdisciplinary research and education for cybersecurity. The institute was recently recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Its work focuses on collaborative partnerships to impact K-12 and higher education, health care, government and business communities.
Recently, the university also signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation, research and outreach. For the past two summers, the university has hosted GenCyber camps for high school students and teachers. The camps were sponsored by grants from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.
The Dean has a unique opportunity to provide leadership and vision to shape the future of the new School. In addition to the exisiting collaborations, the Dean is expected to develop and guide new initiatives and partnerships, both internally and externally, to develop the School to its fullest potential. It is a vibrant time in the life of the University, and the School has boundless opportunities for growth and advancement in being a national leader for cyber security.
The Dean serves as the chief administrative/academic officer responsible for achieving the teaching, research, and service missions of the School. The Dean works in collaboration with the faculty and staff to create and implement a strategic plan consistent with the ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning, budgeting, and evaluation process. Specifically, the Dean has oversight of areas including, but not limited to, budgets, degree programs, faculty, staff, accreditations, strategic planning, fund raising, alumni relations, student enrollment, retention and success, and faculty recruitment and development. The Dean is also expected to:
- Guide the development of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences in conjunction with the University’s strategic plan;
- Promote an understanding, both internally and externally, of the School, its purposes, and objectives;
- Support student learning and retention through quality co-curricular programs, student support services, high impact practices, faculty advising, and teaching;
- Develop and facilitate high quality, relevant, and innovative curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate levels;
- Lead development of new degree programs and certificate offerings;
- Recruit, develop and retain exceptional faculty;
- Encourage and support the development of a robust agenda of research, scholarship, and creative activity among the faculty and students;
- Develop and promote impactful community and professional engagement activities by faculty and students;
- Oversee appropriate stewardship of resources and effective operations of the School;
- Engage in community, state, and national organizations to promote the School and ensure its voice in policy making at all levels;
- Foster new partnerships and existing relationships, and articulate a vision that generates investment and support from the community, private donors, and alumni.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- An earned doctorate in computer science, engineering, or in a closely related field from a regionally accredited university;
- Demonstrated significant academic leadership and/or relevant management experience;
- An entrepreneurial and creative approach to programmatic development and an understanding of innovative avenues to degree completion;
- A vision for computer and cyber science education and research;
- Success in development and fund raising;
- The capacity to effectively interface and collaborate with internal/external leaders to advance programs and enhance recruitment, retention, and student success efforts;
- The financial acumen to drive the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences to match aspirations with finite resources;
- Experience developing interdisciplinary and/or inter‐institutional programs;
- Significant experience with program accreditation.
- Demonstrated appreciation for diversity and inclusion amongst faculty, staff, and students;
- Capacity to foster a work environment characterized by excellence in teaching, research and outreach to internal constituents and the public;
- Proven competency to foster and maintain productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and
- Effective interpersonal, collaborative, and communications skills
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to Mr. Scott Watson, Chief Corporate Officer; Wheless Partners; 404-662-6060; SWatson@WhelessPartners.com. (electronic submissions preferred). Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.
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