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Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

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Montclair State University seeks new leadership for the next generation of its College of Science and Mathematics.  Under the previous Dean the College has emerged as a major contributor to the University’s recent designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a research doctoral institution and by the state of New Jersey as one of four Public Research Universities.  As a member of the University’s senior academic team, the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics will lead this dynamic College into full national recognition of its quality and achievements.  The College currently offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees across five departmental disciplines and one school: Biology and Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Studies, Mathematical Sciences and Physics, and the New Jersey School of Conservation.  With the Manhattan skyline as backdrop, more than 3,000 students study and conduct research under the leadership of the Dean, in company of more than 150 committed faculty and staff of the College, including Early Career Scholars, members of the LIGO team and researchers from industry. Within CSAM reside the The Margaret and Herman Sokol Institute for Pharmaceutical Life Sciences, The Passaic River Institute, The PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, TheMicroscopy & Microanalysis Research Laboratory, The Red Hawk Math Learning Center, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning. The Dean hosts an active Advisory Council of the College which includes leaders of energy, engineering and Pharma companies, software startups, sustainability NGO officers and STEM consultants.  Faculty sustain active research partnerships with colleagues in universities across the nation and internationally.

The Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics will direct the engagement of students and faculty in state of the art facilities, including the recently opened $55 million Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS), housing chemistry and environmental sciences labs, and the renovated Mallory Hall, where expanded Computer Science and Math Education labs will be relocated in summer 2018.  The Dean will interact with Deans of the other Colleges and Schools in promotion of common purposes and in cultivation of inter- and multi-disciplinary programs and research:  the College of the Arts (containing the School of Communication and Media and the Cali School of Music), the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Nursing, the Feliciano School of Business and The Graduate School.  The growth of the College’s endowment funds and externally funded research from federal, state, local, and foundation sources will be under the purview of the Dean who will expand that portfolio to encompass partnerships with agencies, businesses, and individuals who appreciate and rely on insights garnered from scientific research.  The Dean will lead in developing a new strategic plan for the College, as Montclair State works through its current University-wide strategic planning process.


Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is appointed by the President, and will be responsible for setting an agenda for the College of Science and Mathematics that will build its reputation for excellence in teaching and research nationally and internationally.   


Candidates must possess an earned doctorate and a record of distinguished academic achievement appropriate for appointment at the rank of full Professor in a department of the College. In addition, she/he should possess:

  • a demonstrated commitment to maintaining excellence in teaching/learning, scholarship and research, and the application of knowledge;
  • demonstrated management and leadership skills which will promote the vitality of the College and inspire its members to achieve their full capabilities;
  • the ability to function effectively in a large, public, and highly diverse university;
  • a thorough understanding of current issues and future directions of higher education in the sciences, including STEM education;
  • a demonstrated record of successful competition for external funding from government agencies, foundations, the corporate sector and/or private donors;
  • the ability to foster a collegial, collaborative work environment which also promotes staff efficiency;
  • demonstrated competence in budget management of large academic units;
  • a commitment to maintaining and extending student and faculty diversity;
  • a record of strong interpersonal communication, decision making, and problem solving skills;
  • appropriate common sense and a robust self-confidence balanced with a sense of humor.




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Job No: 2018-1751
Posted: 1/31/2018
Application Due: 4/1/2018
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Salary: Commensurate with experience