Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science

Rio Grande Valley
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Jul 09, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to serve as the Dean of Engineering and Computer Science. This person reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Success, and P-16 Integration and works closely with the Executive Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development.

The Dean will be responsible for setting strategic, operational and financial directions for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Dean provides leadership, vision and oversight of its programs, faculty and student productivity and development; fundraising and grantsmanship; external relations; and inter-school and multi-disciplinary collaborations within the University and with the external community. The Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science 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 life after graduation. 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. Driving the College’s priorities will be a robust leadership agenda that maximizes student success.

The Dean’s position is to provide innovative leadership for the College of Engineering and Computer Science and to ensure its continued development, operation, expansion, and enhancement. The Dean:
•     Fulfills the unique leadership opportunity of serving as the chief academic officer of the College to enhance its academic programs
•     Oversees the College’s academic and research programs, working with faculty to articulate a shared vision of excellence, and focusing on developing, expanding and strengthening excellent academic programs in the College
•     Furthers the mission of the University, with a broadly delegated authority, by expanding resources, strengthening regional, national and global connections and building collaboration among College disciplines and across the University
•     Increases funding for the College through philanthropy in collaboration with the Office of University Advancement. Community outreach and engagement is a critical function/responsibility as the Dean of the College
•     Ensures student success in and beyond the classroom by building educational and student life programs that will enable students to become productive citizens who value and pursue community engagement
•     Ensures the highest quality instruction using face-to-face, blended and online delivery methodologies
•     Propels UTRGV along its path to becoming an emerging research institution. As such, the Dean must work with faculty to develop, expand and strengthen the college’s research portfolio, with a focus on increasing externally-funded research, as well as building graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels
•     Promotes, encourages and incentivizes interdisciplinary collaborations within the College and across the colleges and divisions at UTRGV
•     Develops strategies to manage enrollment in the presence of competition from other universities
•     Ensures effective use of faculty, space and equipment resources while running programs across multiple locations

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will be a visionary leader and must have:
•     Terminal degree
•     Minimum of five (5) years of administrative experience at the chair level or above with responsibility for budgets, personnel decisions, performance reviews, and decisions for promotion and tenure
•     An established record in teaching, research, and service at the University level that qualifies the candidate for a senior faculty appointment in one of the College’s disciplines
•     Documented success in securing external funding
•     Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and fostering a collegial environment
•     Involvement with accreditation and a familiarity with the ABET accreditation process and/or another STEM focused accreditation
•     Demonstrated commitment to or experience with gender, racial, ethnic and demographically diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications
•     Outstanding organizational and communication skills
•     Demonstrated record of leadership in team building and strategic planning
•     Background in developing external relationships and a demonstrated record of fund raising and complex fund management
•     Established commitment to promoting excellence in teaching and learning, research, outreach, and engagement with community and industrial partners

The College of Engineering and Computer Science
The College of Engineering and Computer Science consists of the Departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

These departments are housed within several modern facilities at the Edinburg campus (e.g. the Engineering Building, the Science Building, the Math and General Classroom Building), at the Brownsville campus (e.g. the Science Engineering and Technology Building and the M2 Building).

Academic Programs
The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering technology, manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering. The College also offers Master of Science degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, engineering management, information technology, manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering.

To learn more about the College of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: /coec/index.htm

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
On August 31, 2015, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) opened its doors as one of the first major public universities of the 21st century and one of the largest Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the nation. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

The purpose at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to be a university for the entire Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Everything is built around five core priorities and subsequent goals:

1.   Student Success: Student success is at the heart of UTRGV and the center of its core priorities; it is also one of UT System’s Quantum Leaps. Therefore, it strives to prepare and empower students to thrive in a rigorous academic environment, who are prepared to contribute to a global economy and are inspired to become community, education, health, industry leaders and innovators.

2.   Educational Opportunities: Affordable, geographically accessible and culturally relevant educational opportunities are critical to prepare a diverse workforce for the 21st century. UTRGV will expand such educational opportunities for residents of the Rio Grande Valley spanning from pre-K to postdoctoral education.

3.   Research: UTRGV is positioned to be a model of a distributed research university and structured to nurture and support its existing faculty and students. Also, it is strategically positioned to attract and retain scholars and artists who are ready to collaboratively address cultural, scientific, technological and socioeconomic issues of the region and the world through research, innovations, discoveries and creative works.

4.   Health and Medical Education: UTRGV is uniquely qualified to serve as a catalyst in transforming the landscape of health and medicine across the region by building a culture of health and well-being through education, research and mutually beneficial partnerships with educational institutions, surrounding communities, healthcare providers, governmental agencies and philanthropic organizations.

5.   Community Engagement: The distinct profile of UTRGV as a distributed university in a region of great economic vibrancy but also great public need, demands that community engagement be embedded in the UTRGV culture. Therefore, UTRGV seeks to build a strong institutional infrastructure that supports more developed networks and sustainable partnerships.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Facts at a Glance
The Rio Grande Valley is known as one of the most affordable areas in the entire country. On-campus housing is available at the campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg, with an abundance of support services for  international students.

UTRGV offers a wide range of academic programs. These programs lead to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. UTRGV is a multi-campus institution and educates more than 28,000 students in South Texas and beyond.

University Mission Statement
To transform the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world through an innovative and accessible educational environment that promotes student success, research, creative works, health and well-being, community engagement, sustainable development, and commercialization of university discoveries.

University Vision
To be one of the nation’s leaders in higher education, its premier Hispanic-serving institution, and a highly engaged bilingual university, with exceptional educational, research, and creative opportunities that serve as catalysts for transformation in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

Shared Values
•     Excellence: Transforming the Rio Grande Valley, the Americas, and the world requires weaving excellence throughout the fabric of the University and into the core of everything we do

•     Diversity, Access, and Inclusion: Establishing an accessible educational environment requires that we cultivate and enhance the diverse, multicultural, and linguistic assets of our University and the Rio Grande Valley. UTRGV also promotes access, inclusion and lifelong learning to ensure that all members of the University community have opportunities to succeed

•     Inquiry, Discovery and Creativity: Igniting, illuminating and enhancing the talents and passions of the university community for open inquiry, discovery and creativity inspire generations of lifelong scholars and artists who impact the Rio Grande Valley and beyond

•     Engagement and Impact: Seeking to be a catalyst for transformation, the University integrates social justice, civic responsibility, innovation and sustainable development in its endeavors. Such change is best undertaken through interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches across the University and with community, government, business and non-profit partners

•     Shared Governance: Participating in decision-making processes with integrity, trust and respect is a responsibility of all UTRGV stakeholders. This requires an environment of shared governance, academic freedom, accountability, transparency and open and honest communication

•     Leadership: Instilling a sense of value and empowerment in all members of the University community is a fundamental responsibility of leaders at all levels and involves facilitating professional, intellectual, cultural and personal growth

•     Health and Well-being: Recognizing that our success is inherently related to the condition of our community, UTRGV strives to promote the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff, and creates a healthy, equitable and resilient community

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.


Rio Grande Valley
The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) or the Lower Rio Grande Valley (when referring to the four-county region), informally called “The Valley,” is an area located in the southernmost tip of South Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, which separates Mexico from the United States. The Rio Grande Valley is not a valley, but a floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. Early 20th-century land developers, attempting to capitalize on unclaimed land, utilized the name "Magic Valley" to attract settlers and appeal to investors. The Rio Grande Valley is also called El Valle, the Spanish translation of "the valley," by those who live there. The residents of the Rio Grande Valley occasionally refer to the area as "El Mágico Valle del Río Grande" ("The Magical Valley of the Rio Grande"), and simply by the initials R.G.V.

The main region is made up of four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County and Cameron County. As of January 1, 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of the Rio Grande Valley at 1,305,782. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008, 86 percent of Cameron County, 90 percent of Hidalgo County, 97 percent of Starr County, and 86 percent of Willacy County are Hispanic.

The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major
cities include Harlingen, Edinburg, Mission, Rio Grande City and Pharr.

Applicant Review
Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by August 24, 2018.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 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 Centre Drive, Suite 206 Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272
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The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.