Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nov 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University, a Catholic comprehensive liberal arts university sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), is seeking a Dean for its School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The SEAS, which was established in 1934 and graduated its first students in 1940, produces broadly educated and capable engineers and computer scientists ready to contribute innovative solutions for a better world. The School offers ABET accredited undergraduate programs in mechanical, civil, electrical, and computer engineering, computer science, and engineering management. It also offers an online Master's program in Transmission and Distribution Engineering. The School has a current enrollment of approximately 800 undergraduate students, 31 full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty, and 12 dedicated staff. The School was recently ranked in the Top 20 engineering programs in the nation that do not offer a doctoral degree by U.S. News & World Report. SEAS students benefit from strong engineering and computer science programs coupled with a Jesuit liberal arts core curriculum.

Reporting to the Provost & Senior Vice President, the Dean is the chief academic, financial, and managerial officer for SEAS. The Dean, in consultation with the faculty and staff, will develop a five- to seven-year plan for the School's continued growth and development that (a) builds on its accomplishments to date, (b) draws on the University's strengths and relationships, (c) capitalizes on its increasing interest in research opportunities consistent with its undergraduate focus, and (d) positions SEAS to be distinguished by dynamic engineering and computer science curricula for the 21st century and beyond. In conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the Dean will oversee enrollment planning and management for all programs in the School. The successful candidate will be one who joins with colleague Deans, the Provost, and other senior administrators to form a cohesive leadership team for the university, supports the mission of Gonzaga University as a Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic institution and will commit to embody that mission in the programs as well as in the overall operation of the School.

The Dean will position the School as an academic leader in engineering and computer science that identifies opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within, and outside of, the University. Interdisciplinary collaborations are envisioned with both industry and academia at the regional and national levels. The Dean will actively support the University's advancement initiatives, including fundraising and alumni relations, and will lead that effort within the School and among its constituents.

The next Dean must possess a scholarly record meriting appointment at the rank of Full Professor and an earned doctorate either in a field offered within SEAS or in a closely related field. The Dean will have proven leadership experience, will have attained a distinguished record in teaching and research, and will lead the continuing process of implementing a living strategic plan that guides measurable progress towards realizing the SEAS vision. The current strategic plan was established in 2015 and includes continuing efforts to strengthen curricula and pedagogy, enrich the student experience, expand research opportunities for students and faculty, improve the teaching/research infrastructure, and expand extramural and philanthropic resources.

Additional information on the institution and position, including a full list of responsibilities and requirements, can be found in the position profile listed at:

The city of Spokane, whose slogan is "Creative by Nature," is close to 76 lakes, five skiing areas, 20 golf courses, and abundant hiking and rock climbing locales. Multiple music venues, live theater and Broadway plays, the Spokane Symphony, and two professional sports teams add a lively spirit to the mix. The city's population is growing. It now stands at more than 220,000 in the city and 560,000 in the Greater Spokane Metropolitan Area. Significantly, the region is a focal point for developing industries, particularly those related to aerospace, manufacturing, and healthcare. Gonzaga is an integral part of the University District in Spokane, in which research and educational opportunities, in collaboration with other universities, abound.

How to Apply: Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in complete confidence. Full consideration will be given to all applications received by January 22, 2019. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to: [email protected].

Assisting Gonzaga University in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ([email protected]) and Chris Butler ([email protected]), consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C. Further information about Gonzaga University is available at

Gonzaga's Commitment to Human Diversity: Diversity affirms our faith-inspired commitment to an inclusive community where human differences thrive within a campus community of equality, solidarity, and common human nature. We seek to nourish difference in an environment characterized by mutual respect and the sustainable creation of a campus climate that attracts and retains community members from diverse backgrounds. In this context, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, social class, religion, culture, sexual orientations, language and other human differences all contribute to the richness of our academic community life. These differences grace us individually as human beings and collectively as a Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic university striving to fulfill our Mission. We aspire to create a university environment that is welcoming and accessible to all staff, faculty, students, and other members of the Gonzaga community regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Equal Opportunity: Applicants with disabilities needing reasonable accommodations to complete the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources at (509) 313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status, veteran status, gender, race or other protected category.

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