Dean, College of Aviation, Science and Technology

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Lewis University seeks nominations and applications for an experienced, innovative and collaborative academic leader for the position of Dean, College of Aviation, Science and Technology.

Lewis University is an innovative, forward-thinking Catholic institution where the traditions of liberal learning, values and preparation for professional work come together with a synergy that gives the University its educational identity and focus. Located in Romeoville, Illinois, a safe and vibrant community of approximately 40,000 residents, Lewis University is approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago and all of its cultural offerings.

Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis serves 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Inspired by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, Lewis University is a community committed to its Mission values of Knowledge, Fidelity, Wisdom, Justice and Association. The University prides itself on its diversity throughout the campus community. 

Lewis University’s College of Aviation, Science and Technology values creativity, innovation, experimental practice, collaboration, and scientific inquiry in service to the common good.  With state-of the-art laboratories, faculty acclaimed for research and teaching, and strong connections to community and industry, the College provides student-centered, hands-on learning that will change the world. Lewis University has received an historic $5 million gift from Russ and Dawn Smyth, which will establish an endowment to provide discretionary resources for the Dean of the College of Aviation, Science and Technology; support undergraduate research; and fund future enhancements to labs and classroom spaces.

The College of Aviation, Science, and Technology is comprised of the departments of Aviation and Transportation, Biology, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics.  The College includes approximately 1400 undergraduate students, 325 graduate students, and 60 FTE faculty.  The Aviation programs are FAA-approved and were recently awarded the Loening Trophy as the outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the nation.

The Dean is the chief academic officer of the College.  The Dean reports to the Provost and is a member of several university-wide committees.  The Dean supervises all faculty in the College as well as chairs and program directors, assistant and associate deans, and administrative assistants.

Qualifications include a terminal degree in one of the fields or disciplines represented in the College; a record of scholarship, service and teaching in alignment with the qualifications for the title of Professor at Lewis University; at least five years of demonstrated administrative competence in an academic setting, ideally as a chair and/or assistant or associate dean; strong financial acumen and ability to address the complex and varying needs of the programs and departments of the College;  and demonstrated success in external relations.

To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be submitted by February 8, 2019. Prior to submission, please thoroughly review the Executive Search Profile. Candidates may apply securely here or at [email protected]. Confidential nominations can be submitted by using this link: Nominations.

RH Perry & Associates is assisting Lewis University in their search. Please direct all confidential communications to: Dr. Jean Scott at (740) 525-4790, Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne at (202) 253-9846, or to [email protected].

Inspired by the University’s Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that we are a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment. Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, serves a diverse community and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion on our campus as an equal opportunity employer.

We invite applications from individuals that embody a commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We are fully dedicated to providing opportunities for development of the whole person. To demonstrate this commitment, Lewis University wishes to build a culturally diverse workforce which strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.




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Job No:
Posted: 12/18/2018
Application Due: 2/16/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Salary commensurate with skills & experience + tuition benefits, health plans and retirement benefit