Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

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Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development —Search #67799
Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing (AEPCEC) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor/Professor. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the AEPCEC houses six academic departments offering nine undergraduate and six graduate degree programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The College is a recognized leader in student-centric experiential learning, applied research in engineering and computing, and service to our communities. The College mission is to advance the engineering and computing disciplines, ensure student success, and support regional economic development. This mission will be accomplished by promoting excellence in faculty scholarship and teaching, fostering experiential learning, and partnering with regional stakeholders.

Position Description. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development provides leadership, vision, and oversight for the College's research, scholarly efforts, and multidisciplinary research initiatives. The Associate Dean is also responsible for advancing a culture of academic excellence in which faculty distinction in teaching, research and scholarship, and service is expected, identified, and rewarded. This position carries faculty rank at the associate or professorial level. The position is a fiscal year (12 month), tenured or tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Advance the strategic, mission-aligned growth of the College's externally sponsored (grant and contract) research programs
• Assist faculty in identifying sources for funding in a faculty member's area of technical expertise
• Mentor faculty through the grant proposal development process and successful completion of externally funded research projects from pre-award through post-award activities
• Identify and cultivate collaborative multidisciplinary research activities between faculty in different departments within the College, the University, and the broader academic community
• Work with the University's Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs to manage pre- and post-award research administration and compliance functions, including budgets and resource commitments pertaining to external grants and contracts
• Prepare research reports and maintain research records as required by the College, the University and accrediting organizations including SACSCOC, ABET and ACCE
• Coordinate workshops related to proposal development and faculty professional development (including promotion, tenure, pre-tenure and post-tenure) for AEPCEC faculty
• Oversee faculty recruitment, hiring, reappointment, promotion, tenure, pre-tenure and post-tenure policies, procedures, and reviews at the college level
• Other duties as assigned by the Dean

Required Qualifications:
• An earned Ph.D. or equivalent in one of the instructional areas of the College (or a closely related field)
• Credentials and a record of teaching, scholarship, and service commensurate with those of faculty members holding the rank of associate or full professor at the time of appointment at Georgia Southern University
• Noteworthy accomplishments as a principal investigator and/or research program director with a strong record of success in securing external funding
• Experience with federal grant finance and compliance issues
• Superior communication and interpersonal skills
• Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
• Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.

Appointment as associate professor requires a minimum of five years full-time college or university teaching experience at the assistant professor rank in addition to a strong record of research and service with publications and presentations in professional venues.

A minimum of five years of full-time college/university teaching experience at the associate professor rank is required for the rank of professor along with a strong record of research and service with substantial publications and presentations in professional venues.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Demonstrated ability in mentoring faculty and creating new research opportunities, with a focus on faculty research training
• Experience managing centers, consortiums, departments or large and complex research grants, including budgets
• Demonstrated leadership ability to enhance program growth and elevate the research enterprise
• Experience in recruiting, retaining and mentoring high achieving faculty
• A collaborative and open administrative style that reflects flexibility in governance and demonstrates the ability to earn the trust and confidence of faculty, students, staff and administrators
• A track record of developing partnerships with business and industry leaders in the public and private sectors, including fundraising activities
• Relevant industry experience in the field, including licensures and certifications

Screening of applications begins December 15, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is July 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence.

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

		Dr. David Scott, Search Chair, Search #67799
				Georgia Southern University
		Electronic mail: [email protected]
		Telephone: 912-478-7170

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 11/10/2032
Work Type: Full Time