Dean Washkewicz College of Engineering

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

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Dean Washkewicz College of Engineering

Cleveland State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Washkewicz College of Engineering.  As the chief academic officer for the college, the dean will provide s strategic and operational leadership for all aspects of the academic and scholarly programs.  In collaboration with the faculty and chairs, the dean will establish and implement a strategic vision for the college that will enhance undergraduate and graduate education and strengthen the college’s research portfolio by leveraging the numerous opportunities for federal/state and industry partnerships. They will also be responsible for facilitating faculty, staff, and student success, generating extramural financial support, engaging with college alumni and the local community, and leading the college to higher levels of achievement, recognition, and reputation.

Qualifications:  Applications and nominations may come from the academic, public, private, government, or non-profit sectors. The successful candidate will possess a doctoral degree, be tenurable as a full professor in one of the College’s departments, and will also have a proven record of leadership, collaboration, and broad experience. They should also possess entrepreneurial and development skills and a strong commitment to diversity. They must have a significant record of success as a well-respected administrator within a complex organization.

Compensation/Expected Start Date: Compensation is competitive and based upon qualifications and experience.  Starting date as early as January 3, 2022 or as soon thereafter as possible.

Nominations/Application Process: Application materials should be submitted by the target date of September 27, 2021 although expressions of interest may be considered until the position is filled.  Application materials must include:  1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and strategic priorities expressed in the position prospectus; 2) a CV; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed.   References will only be contacted with permission of the candidates. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically to: [email protected].

A complete position profile and full listing of required and preferred qualifications and desired leadership style may be found at Other inquiries should be directed to Alan N. Crist, Ph.D., [email protected], 608.695.0217 or Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., [email protected], 908.341.2178, Executive Search Consultants, AGB Search who will be assisting with the search.

Cleveland State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Cleveland State University: New Attitudes, New Experiences, New Outlooks
Cleveland State is a metropolitan university that provides a rich environment for engaged learning in an exciting and dynamic location. The students are fond of claiming that the entire city is their campus for study, practical experience, and recreation. And the pledge to each student is an engaged learning experience in the real world, for the real world, among a diverse student body.

A Campus Rich in Tradition
Cleveland State was established as a state university in 1964 and has continued to grow since. Today, more than 1,000 courses support 200 major fields of study at the bachelor, master, doctoral, and law degree levels, as well as professional certificate and continuing education programs. As nearly 90 percent of Cleveland State's students work full- or part-time, flexible academic programming and convenient class times are offered. Of Cleveland State's 16,000 students, approximately one third are in graduate-level programs and about half attend on a part-time basis.

Courses of instruction leading to degrees are offered in six undergraduate colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the Nance College of Business Administration; the Fenn College of Engineering; the College of Education and Human Services; the College of Science; and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs; as well as the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Cleveland State now has extended campuses in Westlake and in Solon, where students have access to the same quality education as they have downtown.

A Dynamic Campus Environment
The Cleveland State campus consists of 85 acres - the largest footprint in downtown Cleveland - with 40 buildings used for teaching, research, housing, administration, and recreation. Nineteen-story Rhodes Tower houses the University Library, classrooms, and many faculty offices, and is a striking feature on the Cleveland skyline. University buildings feature a blend of old and new architectural styles, with historic landmark Mather Mansion sharing the stage with such modern facilities as the Levin College of Urban Affairs and the 13,000-seat Wolstein Center. "Building Blocks for the Future," the University's $500-plus million campus master plan, is changing the face of both campus and downtown Cleveland while creating a vibrant living and learning community in the heart of the city. New or renovated buildings include a recreation center; apartment-style student housing, a restaurant, an administration center, a College of Graduate Studies building, a new student center and the first-ever home for the College of Education and Human Services.

The University boasts more than 150 student organizations, including 13 national fraternities and sororities and 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports: men's baseball, basketball, fencing, golf, soccer, swimming, wrestling and tennis; and women's basketball, cross-country, fencing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball and golf.

Exceptional Students, Award-Winning Faculty, Proud Alumni
Cleveland State is reaching out to academically talented and highly motivated students through its first Honors Program. Cleveland State's faculty is tops, too, with more than 93 percent holding the doctorate or other highest degree in their field. Four out of five hold the Ph.D., a figure unmatched by any other Ohio university. In 2005-06, CSU ranked first in Ohio and second in the nation for faculty winning the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award. Students frequently comment on faculty ability, approachability, and sincere desire to help the student in every way they can.

Cleveland State University boasts more than 100,000 alumni, most of whom have remained in the Northeast Ohio area to work, give back to the community, and raise their families. Recent research shows that at nearly 1,000 businesses across the country, a Cleveland State graduate is at the helm as founder, chairman, CEO, president, or top executive. That's great company to keep!

Why join CSU?
You will enjoy a beautiful urban campus setting with diverse student population close to all the attractions that downtown Cleveland has to offer. In addition to a competitive salary, Cleveland State University offers an outstanding benefit package to full-time faculty and staff that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance as well as tuition assistance.

Cleveland State University was recognized in 2010 as a NorthCoast 99 winner. This award is an annual recognition program that honors the top workplaces for talent in Northeast Ohio.

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