Dean, College of Engineering

Job Summary

The University of Connecticut (UConn), one of the nation’s leading public research universities, seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Engineering. UConn seeks candidates with a strong record in academic leadership, research and scholarship, and external partnerships that will enable them to provide leadership to a research and educational enterprise across multiple campuses while being a highly effective external advocate for the College. The next Dean should have a strong record in research, scholarship, and teaching and experience with complexities and opportunities at top-tier research universities.

The University of Connecticut was founded as an agricultural school in 1881 thanks to a donation of land, property, and resources from brothers Charles and Augustus Storrs. More than 140 years later, UConn is a top-ranked public university in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report with an enrollment of 24,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students across all its campuses. The University is one of the few institutions in the country that is designated as a Land Grant, Sea Grant, and Space Grant institution. UConn is consistently ranked in the top 30 out of 225 public institutions in the country by U.S. News and World Report, currently ranked #26. Across over 4,200 acres of land, the University includes 14 Schools and Colleges with over 80 research centers. Currently, UConn is producing $368 million in annual research expenditures. The University is also a key economic driver for the state, contributing nearly $7 billion and 32,000 jobs to Connecticut. UConn’s richly diverse and inclusive campus community is enhanced by more than 700 clubs and organizations, 24 NCAA Division I athletics teams, seven cultural centers and programs, five on-campus theaters, three museums, and one of the highest percentages of students living on campus of any public university. Additional information about UConn can be found at https://uconn.edu/.

UConn’s College of Engineering is a powerhouse for research and engineering education in the State of Connecticut and beyond. The College is the #1 public engineering school in New England and provides approximately 53 percent of Connecticut’s engineering graduates. Leaders at the College work with local, national, and international industry partners to address pressing technological challenges and strengthen the state’s manufacturing base. Entrepreneurship and innovation are key values at the College, and its students and faculty actively develop startups and new technologies in support of economic development. Equally important, initiatives in engineering for human rights, energy, environmental sustainability, brownfields, cybersecurity, and other current issues demonstrate the College’s enduring commitment to addressing major challenges facing society. Additional information on the College can be found at https://www.engr.uconn.edu/.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for all matters, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Engineering, responsible for providing strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic and scholarly program.

Reporting to the Dean are the Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Diversity, Assistant Dean for Administrative Operations & Strategic Initiatives, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and seven department heads. In addition, the office of the Dean of the College of Engineering is staffed by an Associate Finance Director, Administrative Program Manager (2), Administrative Program Support (4), and an Educational Program Administrator.

The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, self-assured, entrepreneurial leader prepared to advance the initiatives and priorities of the University’s academic vision. The Dean should also have a strong record of scholarly activity and research and be willing to support the College’s faculty in developing their own research portfolios. Candidates will be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; and provide leadership in developing initiatives designed to meet the needs of diverse learners and intellectual interests. In addition, the ideal candidate will be an independent thinker dedicated to collaborative governance, will possess a leadership style that values diversity and inclusion, will be a sophisticated administrator capable of building strong working relationships, committed to the search for new knowledge, and able to imagine new possibilities for the College of Engineering.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Credentials that merit appointment for a tenure-track academic appointment at the rank of full Professor in the College of Engineering or a current appointment at UConn at the rank of full Professor in one of UConn’s schools and colleges, including a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a field relevant to leadership in academic affairs and the College of Engineering. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • At least 5 years of senior administrative experience in a progressively responsible leadership position at a highly reputable higher education institution; demonstrating knowledge of core management functions and clear experience with managing strategic priorities; and familiarity with University policies, guidance, best practices, and procedures.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 10 years of experience in a progressively responsible leadership position at a higher education institution, preferably at tier 1 research institutions.
  • A proven leader and scholar who can continue the University’s and College’s focus on scholarship, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • An appetite for fundraising and the ability to be the chief advocate for the College with essential external partners like donors, alumni, industry leaders, and community partners.
  • An accomplished scholar with the ability to continue growing interdisciplinary research activities in the College of Engineering.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop, engage, and maintain constructive and professional relationships with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other individuals and organizations.
  • A strong record of external funding and demonstrated experience in mentoring faculty in sponsored research.
  • Background and experience pertinent to the unique programs and setting of the College of Engineering, including a clear understanding of the academic vision of the university, the land grant mission of the university, and the College of Engineering’s goals and opportunities to deliver quality undergraduate and graduate education.
  • A collaborator with a track record of developing and leading interdisciplinary partnerships.
  • Proven business and political acumen commensurate with the leadership needs of the College of Engineering, including the ability to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university; demonstrable experience applying sound judgment; and an ability to manage change, resolve conflict, and build consensus.
  • Evidence of ability to cultivate and expand community-based partnerships.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and the ability to foster a highly inclusive environment within the College and across the University.
  • Experience building an environment that promotes excellent student success and well-being.
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the diversity of the University population, including assessing needs, developing initiatives, and applying best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, understand, and interpret complex situations and problems, evaluate options, devise, and propose solutions that align resources with goals, implement plans, and measure outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate needs, plans, and programs effectively.
  • Experience as an agent of innovation and change, achieving excellence across a complex organization.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 12-month, management-exempt position with an anticipated start date in August 2024. The successful candidate will be considered for a 9-month, tenured academic appointment in the College of Engineering.

Salary commensurate with experience.

 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

How to Apply

The University of Connecticut has retained the services of the executive search firm Storbeck Search to conduct this important search. The full position profile can be found at: https://diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/20209-uconnengdean/.

The search committee invites letters of nomination, applications (cover letter, full resume/CV, and contact information of three to four professional references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm. Cover letters should include a robust statement on the candidate's familiarity and comfort with diversity, equity, and inclusion, and examples of their leadership in those domains. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred that all materials are submitted prior to December 13, 2023. For additional information, please contact:

Storbeck Search
Tom Fitch, Managing Director
Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
UConnEngDean@storbecksearch.com

For more information regarding the College of Engineering, please visit the college's website: https://www.engr.uconn.edu/.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.