Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Kennesaw, Georgia
Nov 21, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Kennesaw State University (KSU) seeks an experienced and inspiring academic and administrative leader to serve as its next Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET).

SPCEET provides high-quality engineering degrees with educational activities led by industry-expert faculty in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities. As the second-largest engineering college in Georgia, the College serves more than 4,500 students, offering 20 undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees and engineering technology degrees. The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has a history deep-rooted in innovation and education advancement.

The new Dean will be the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides leadership for the College in strategic planning, budgeting, fostering research, recruiting faculty and students and fundraising. The Dean engages alumni and the community with College priorities and other activities that foster excellence in teaching, research and service. The Dean will be expected to develop a vision and strategic priorities for SPCEET and to contribute to the overall advancement of KSU in key areas; such as improving student retention and graduation, ensuring high impact teaching, supporting research and scholarly activity, promoting a diverse and inclusive community and growing and enhancing partnerships with professional and community organizations and contributing to the overall enhancement of institutional excellence. 

The new Dean will be presented with the opportunity to imagine, create and implement an ambitious vision for Engineering and Engineering Technology that will enhance the reach and reputation of the College. The Dean will support an interdisciplinary curriculum and leverage the history of the College to grow the College’s visibility. 

The successful candidate will possess an earned Ph.D. or equivalent from an accredited university in engineering, engineering technology, or related discipline; a scholarship and teaching record that would support an appointment at the rank of professor; administrative experience in a higher education context; and scholarly research including refereed publications and funded grants. A commitment to supporting innovation and interdisciplinary growth is essential, as is a record of valuing instructional excellence at all levels and supporting faculty and student research. Prior experience with public and private fundraising is highly desired. The Dean will also possess strong interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to build partnerships with community leaders; and a commitment to collegial decision-making and working with a diverse population of students, staff and faculty. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges in higher education; a passion for exploring new possibilities; and a successful record of accomplishment of moving programs to new levels of excellence. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a statement of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, a resume and the names and contact information of five references) should be submitted to the candidate portal by clicking here.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. For best consideration for the position, the application deadline date is February 1, 2019. Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search: Mercedes C. Vance and Lucy Leske at 630-575-6175

The Kennesaw State University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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