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Dean of the School of Engineering Technology

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Farmingdale State College, a nationally ranked college on a trajectory of growth and improvement, is now accepting applications and nominations for the next Dean of the School of Engineering Technology. The new Dean will join what many describe as the Farmingdale family, where students are the priority and creative ideas come to fruition.

The Position: The School of Engineering Technology (SET), the flagship school of the College, includes Departments of Aviation, Architecture and Construction Management Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as the newly formed Division of Computing that includes such programs as Computer Science, Computer Programming and Information Systems, Computer Security, and Security Systems. The Aviation Flight Center and Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC) are also overseen by the Dean. The School of Engineering Technology houses the College’s first graduate program in Technology Management and is actively involved in programming/research related to Wind Technology.

The Dean sets the vision and direction for the School and provides leadership in curriculum development, faculty recruitment and development, student recruitment and retention, and ensures that the standards for specialized accreditations are met. The Dean works collaboratively with the academic administration team under the supervision of the Provost and acts as the official channel for communication regarding all matters pertinent to the functioning of the SET.

Additionally, the Dean directs all instructional programs and staff and provides direction and leadership in the initiation, development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of programs within the School. The Dean works with the Office of Development and Philanthropy to identify, cultivate, and solicit non-state, private resources for the School. The Dean supervises the recruitment and selection of all new faculty and staff according to established College procedures. In consultation with the Provost, the Dean also establishes and monitors all budget allocations to academic departments and offices within the School.

The Institution: Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912 and located in the heart of Long Island, is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region and in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Farmingdale State College is a thriving institution with robust enrollment, expanding academic programs, new and renovated infrastructure, and excellent student outcomes. With nearly 10,000 students, 801 faculty, and 637 staff, Farmingdale is the largest college of applied science and technology in the SUNY system with a focus on STEM education and equipping students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills sought by contemporary employers. Through its Schools of Business, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Arts and Sciences, the College offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management program. Farmingdale is enjoying unprecedented success in introducing new, distinctive programs of study with excellent employment opportunities. About 90% of graduates are employed or attending graduate schools within six months of completing their degrees. The vast majority of those students are working in positions related to their discipline. The Nexus Center for Applied Learning and Career Development is a pioneer in aligning student internships with career goals, the needs of leading regional and national firms, and the mission of the College.

Farmingdale is an increasingly selective institution with over 60% of incoming students identifying the College as their first choice. The College’s faculty includes 16 SUNY Distinguished Professors and 71 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. An extremely successful NCAA Division III athletics program features some of the region’s best facilities. Farmingdale has one of the most diverse student populations within the SUNY system. Its program mix, remarkable outcomes, attractive 380-acre campus, and central location on Long Island have made Farmingdale State College one of the fastest-growing institutions in the nation. Farmingdale is widely considered a top educational value. A SUNY and regional leader in return on investment, the College ranks in the top 24% of Forbes’ “Best Value Colleges” and is recognized among the top 20% of the College Factual’s “Best Colleges for the Money.” Recently, Farmingdale was ranked among America’s 50 Most Transformational Colleges by based on graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment. More information about Farmingdale State College can be found at

Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess good interpersonal, management, and conflict resolution skills. The Dean will have success working with a team to achieve institutional goals as well as experience with shared governance environments and specialized accreditation. The new Dean will have the capacity to develop and lead a strategic vision for the School. All candidates must have a record of scholarly publications and professional eligibility for tenure at the full-professor level. A minimum of four years of administrative experience in a role as academic department chair, assistant dean, associate dean, or a position that offered similar leadership opportunity and growth is required. Also required is an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the School of Engineering Technology or a related discipline.

Location: Farmingdale State College is located on 380 lush acres in the center of Long Island, situated in Farmingdale, New York, with access to MacArthur Airport and a Long Island Railroad station just a few minutes away. The LIRR provides its riders ready access to three of New York City’s five boroughs including Manhattan. Long Island also has more than 200 miles of coastline, with dozens of beaches, boardwalks, and parks available to the public. Bethpage State Park, less than five miles from the College, provides easy access to outdoor recreation, including tennis courts, bridle paths, hiking and biking trails, and five world-class golf courses. Long Island has a vibrant and very active business community, with numerous software companies, specialized manufacturers, and major national and international corporate headquarters such as Henry Schein, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Systemax, Verint, and Canon all within reach. Scientific research plays a significant role in the economy of the Island also, including research facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, not to mention labs at several prestigious local colleges.

Salary: $185,000 and may increase commensurate with experience.

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please contact Dana John Cohick, President, or Kendra Mozug, Search Consultant, at the email address above. The review of candidates will begin on March 22, 2024, and first-round interviews will commence thereafter.

Farmingdale State College seeks a broad and diverse pool of candidates for this position. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status.



Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York, is the only public college on Long Island to offer a comprehensive base of programs in the Applied Sciences and Technology. The College prepares students to be real-life problem solvers in traditional as well as emerging fields so that, upon graduation, their contributions to the economic vitality of the region, state, and nation are demonstrated. The educational experience at the College is centered on building a foundation of knowledge along with an appreciation of culture, ethics, aesthetics, and diversity that empowers the graduate for continuous intellectual and personal development throughout life. The dedicated faculty and staff create a supportive environment in which teaching and learning take place through research and service.farmingdale_state_college1.jpg

From its legacy as an agricultural college formed soon after the turn of the 20th Century to its evolution as an academic institution focused on applied technology, ground-breaking research, and economic development, Farmingdale plays a critical role not just in teaching its students, but in shaping them. The results are graduates who prepared for success, future leaders who are gifted and resourceful, and a regional workforce superbly trained to adapt to an ever-changing world.

farmingdale_state_college2.jpgEstablished in 1912 as the New York State School of Agriculture on Long Island, Farmingdale State has moved far beyond the boundaries first set when it welcomed its inaugural class to a curriculum steeped in farming techniques. As it approaches the celebration of its 100th anniversary, and its 15th anniversary as a four-year, baccalaureate institution, the College offers 37 degree programs in areas as diverse as Bioscience, Aeronautical Science, Business Management, Applied Economics, Graphic Design and Electrical Engineering Technology. In fact, Farmingdale State has flourished to become one of the most important centers of learning and research in the Long Island region.

A coeducational, public college with almost 7,000 undergraduate students, including about 500 resident students, Farmingdale State is located on 380 lush acres in the heart of Long Island, approximately 45 minutes from New York City. Since its transition to a technology college in the 1980s, the campus has focused on preparing students for careers in the workplace through its Schools of Business, Arts and Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Health Sciences. Technology is integrated into the coursework so students are provided cutting-edge instructional techniques that make them attractive recruits for public and private industries. As part of the State University of New York, Farmingdale State also furnishes the opportunity for a quality education that is affordable.


Our students enjoy small, personalized classes with exceptional faculty members who provide individual attention. We prepare students for successful futures by providing real life applications of knowledge, critical thinking, and a sound liberal arts education to help them pursue rewarding and successful careers. By any appraisal, Farmingdale State College is a place where knowledge is a path to achievement, and where education is a tool for discovery.




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