Dean, Francis College of Engineering (Internal only)

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Dean, Francis College of Engineering (Internal only)Job no: 506513
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: College Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Applications Open: Oct 01 2020
Applications Close:

General Summary of Position:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell Francis College of Engineering seeks a Dean to lead it through extraordinary times for both the College and the University. The College is poised to continue to raise its profile through a growing emphasis on excellence in education and research.

As the principal academic and administrative officer for the Francis College of Engineering, reporting to the Provost, the Dean provides leadership for the college and works closely with other deans and the executive cabinet to ensure advancement of UMass Lowell as a national research university. The College has six academic departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Plastics Engineering. The Dean will develop external relationships with industry and alumni, work internally to create the best nurturing academic environment to recruit, retain, and develop faculty, and partner with faculty to continue the College's tradition of producing students who are remarkably well prepared for today’s workforce.

 UMass Lowell seeks a Dean with broad intellectual insights, top-tier scholarly credentials, and strong management, leadership, and communication skills. The selected candidate will bring successful experience in a university, industry, or government environment with a distinguished record of leadership and intellectual achievement. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of what is required to grow and sustain a top-tier research program. The successful candidate must have the ability to develop a vision for the College that takes into account the new reality imposed by the covid-19 pandemic, to inspire the College of Engineering faculty, staff and students, and will have the talent, skills and experience to advocate for the College to senior leadership and external groups.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage those with strengths in this area to apply.

Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Must hold a doctoral degree or academic accomplishments consistent with the rank of full professor with tenure;
  • Outstanding administrative, financial, fundraising, and management skills, gained as a department chair, dean, or center director, or acquired in high-level industry or government technical and/or scientific positions;
  • An extensive track record of sponsored research; deep knowledge of the internal and external mechanisms required to sustain and expand a top-tier research program;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Be a strong communicator who will present to the public the College's proud heritage and bright future to improve ties with industry, alumni, and friends. Someone who will work with Chancellor Moloney and Provost Hartman to carry an inspiring message, cultivate key external constituencies, attract partners, raise funds, generate enthusiasm among alumni, and obtain commitments to support the College;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to strengthen and expand the mentoring structures for faculty;
  • Academic stature; an exceptional record of achievement in research and teaching;
  • A history of strong advocacy and the ability to make effective appeals to superiors;
  • An appreciation for and a dedication to educational access and the important role Universities play in providing opportunity to all members of society;
  • Proven capacity to craft, and implement a strategic vision in an academic setting or a similar context, as well as the entrepreneurial spirit and strategic mindset to stimulate growth;
  • Deep commitment to experiential and interdisciplinary work; the wide-ranging intellectual and scientific interests to understand, appreciate, and encourage the varied work within the College and across the University;
  • Scholarly and intellectual heft that engenders strong relationships with faculty; a record of proactively connecting with faculty, keeping them professionally engaged, and working to develop and nurture their success;
  • A careful listener who seeks to understand the viewpoints and concerns of colleagues; a record for treating people with openness and fairness;
  • Skill in relationship building; the ability to connect with all members and constituency groups of the UMass Lowell community and to work effectively across the campus and with external groups;
  • A personal commitment to and record of success in advancing diversity;
  • An understanding of UMass Lowell's mission and an attraction to its culture and values that include a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This being an internal opportunity, only current UML Employees, irrespective of Bargaining units are eligible to apply for this position.

Candidates who submit credentials by October 16, 2020 will receive full consideration. Materials for candidates submitted after this date may be reviewed pending the status of the search.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.




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Posted: 10/3/2020
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