DEAN, School of Sciences and Engineering

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DEAN, School of Sciences and Engineering

Ref. No.: SSE Dean - 2021

Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is the region's leading English-language University and the center of the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. With a community of students and faculty members representing more than 60 countries, AUC is a crossroads for the world's cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures. AUC offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master's and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. The University boasts the largest English-language library collection in Egypt, the fully equipped Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, three modern theaters and 13 cross-discipline research centers. The University's modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country and the region--a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching and civic engagement.

Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, AUC is an independent, not-for-profit, equal-opportunity institution. More information about the university can be found at

The School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) has approximately 2,370 undergraduate and graduate students. The School employs 107 full-time faculty and 145 additional staff members. The school houses ten departments with thirteen undergraduate programs, fifteen master's programs, two PhD programs, and the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center, Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability, Center of Nano-electronics and Devices and the Engineering and Science Services. The undergraduate programs encompass Actuarial Science, Architectural Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Data Science, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics. The master's programs encompass Architecture, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Construction Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Global Public Health, Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Control and Smart Systems, Petroleum Engineering, Physics and Sustainable Development. The PhD programs are in applied sciences and in engineering. More information about the school can be found at

Job Description:


The Dean provides leadership and executive management to the departments, centers and units that comprise the school. The Dean is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, development, implementing and evaluating programs, assuring external funding to support research and the growth of the school, developing faculty, and maintaining accreditation and professional standards.

The Dean is responsible for managing the school's faculty, staff and students, and creating innovative opportunities to ensure the development and progression of student educational experiences. The Dean must demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity while supporting curriculum development and research enterprise. The Dean is expected to lead and coordinate the school's governance, including the school's administrators' selection, oversee the faculty and staff selection and retention processes, and coordinate the school administrators and staff's professional development. The Dean is also expected to enhance scholarship while ensuring students' and faculty's academic quality and providing collaborative leadership to faculty and staff.

The Dean will lead the school toward achieving University goals and promoting the school by enhancing external relationships. The Dean is also expected to evaluate overall departmental/school productivity in instruction, research, and service responsibilities. He/She is to supervise and support departments in a manner that promotes excellence in instruction, scholarly and creative productivity, and service at the University.


The Dean reports to the Provost. The Dean directly supervises the department chairs and directors of centers and units and the administrative staff supporting the Office of the Dean.


The successful Dean candidate will be an experienced academic leader with interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to set and achieve ambitious goals. He/She will possess an outstanding record of accomplishment in research, teaching and administration, and will demonstrate uncompromising commitment to academic and educational excellence, to the highest ethical standards, and to the creation and support of a vibrant and broadly diverse community of faculty, students and staff across SSE.

The successful candidates will demonstrate how they meet the following:

Additional Information:

Salary and benefits are competitive, based on qualifications and professional experience.

Appointment will start July 1, 2021


Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to applications submitted by January 10, 2021.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:

a) an updated curriculum vitae; b) a letter of interest; c) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); and d) names and contact information for at least three references familiar with the candidate's academic and professional background.

Cover letter should address your ability to lead a multi-disciplinary school and create a collaborative and inclusive environment.


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Posted: 10/8/2020
Application Due: 10/8/2032
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