Administrative Non-Classified Position
Dean - College of Engineering
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10/01/2012 4:30 p.m.
The University of Arkansas invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. After leading the College of Engineering for nine years, Dean Ashok Saxena has accepted an international position founding a new university.
The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the major research and Ph.D.-granting institution in the state. In 2011, the Carnegie Foundation upgraded the University of Arkansas to the top "Research University/Very High Activity" classification.
In the 2011-12 academic year, the College of Engineering had 2,374 undergraduate students, a 51% increase since 2007, 870 graduate students, 123 full-time faculty, and 121 staff. The college had $20.9 million in research expenditures during the last fiscal year.
Leading candidates for the Dean of the College of Engineering will have a distinguished record of accomplishment in higher education and/or other fields of professional endeavor and will have demonstrated significant leadership skills. An earned doctorate with at least one degree in engineering and a record of scholarship commensurate with a tenured, full professor appointment at the University of Arkansas is also required.
Salary is nationally competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The successful candidate will also have many of these highly desirable qualifications:
- demonstrated commitment to diversity;
- effective and proven track record in fundraising;
- strong record of achievement in teaching, research and service;
- proven success in the development of faculty and staff;
- clear understanding of national education and research policies;
- experience at a major teaching and research university, with knowledge of undergraduate and graduate engineering programs and ABET accreditation;
- visionary leadership to advance the College of Engineering and the University of Arkansas to greater national recognition;
- strong administrative and management skills;
- receptive to promotion of new and innovative programs and initiatives that will bring recognition to the College of Engineering in both practical and visionary areas;
- ability to understand and present the College's interests in the context of the University's needs;
- creativity in identifying and meeting the future needs of the field of engineering, using collaborative thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches;
- industry experience;
- national or international reputation.
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering has eight academic departments offering baccalaureate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees. The academic departments are biological, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science and computer engineering, electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering.
The college is also home to many successful research centers. Some of these centers include the Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics, Chemical Hazards Research Center, Grid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems, High Density Electronics Center, Mack-Blackwell Transportation Center, and National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission. In addition, the College of Engineering participates in several university research centers which include the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center, Arkansas Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.
Students in the College of Engineering routinely win awards and recognition at national competitions and conferences, such as the Environmental Design Contest, the Environmental Protection Agency's P3 competition and national business plan competitions. Many engineering students also receive nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, including the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
The College of Engineering Strategic Plan includes commitments to:
- providing a student-centered educational experience that attracts high-quality students;
- recruiting high-quality faculty members who value and promote world-class scholarship;
- supporting diversity in faculty, staff, and student recruitment including programs which promote a diverse student body such as the Engineering Career Awareness Program (ECAP), recently recognized by the National Academy of Engineering;
- creating a research environment that enhances and recognizes scholarship;
- becoming a catalyst for economic development to achieve the long-term economic goals of Arkansas through entrepreneurship, research and collaboration.
For more information about the College of Engineering and the University of Arkansas, please see http://www.engr.uark.edu and http://www.uark.edu
The University of Arkansas will be embarking on its next comprehensive capital campaign beginning July 1, 2012. The dean will play a key role in developing campaign priorities for the College of Engineering, working with advancement staff, and interacting with current and potential college benefactors.
The next campaign will build on the previous $1 billion "Campaign for the Twenty-First Century" which included the largest gift ever made to a public university. The $300 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation was intended to foster knowledge, scholarship and creative activity, to produce a quality of life that attracts and keeps talented people in the state, and to raise the state's overall standard of living. The gifts have dramatically impacted the character of the College of Engineering by providing dozens of new faculty endowments, scholarships, and academic programs, thereby substantially enriching an already nationally competitive academic environment.
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean also holds the Irma F. and Raymond F. Giffels Endowed Chair in Engineering.
The Dean should provide vision and leadership in directing, evaluating, and supporting departments in a manner that promotes excellence in instruction, scholarship, and research.
The Dean's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- fundraising in support of the College's goals and the goals of its departments;
- developing, leading and encouraging the research mission of the college;
- leading and coordinating college strategic planning and curriculum development;
- coordinating the development and implementation of the College's vision and goals;
- managing the fiscal affairs of the College;
- leading and coordinating the governance of the College;
- leading the professional development of faculty, staff, and college administrators; and
- providing recommendations to the Provost on policies and procedures, especially in engineering disciplines.
Where To Apply?
Applicants are requested to e-mail a consolidated pdf file containing: (a) a letter of application, (b) a comprehensive curriculum vita, (c) a strategic vision statement for leadership of a college of engineering in a comprehensive student centered, research university, and (d) the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of five references to:
Cary Dewey, Assistant to the Vice-Provost
Inquiries about the position should be directed to:
James Rankin, Chair of the Search Committee
Vice-Provost for Research and Economic Development
Completed applications received by October 1, 2012 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.Individuals listed as references will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening. Under the state's Freedom of Information Act, names of candidates invited to campus are available to the public.
This position is also subject to a pre-employment criminal background, sex offender registry check, drug screening, and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Applicants must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.