Job ID: 171318


University of Idaho

  • Nov. 5, 2021
  • Dean
  • College of Engineering
  • University of Idaho
    Moscow, ID
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Nuclear
    Mechanical Engineering
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

Dean of the College of Engineering
University of Idaho

Position Summary

The dean has responsibility to oversee and implement policies and priorities of the college and university. The Dean for the College of Engineering leads the college faculty in the development of policies and priorities governing the academic programs of the college. The dean facilitates the appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in the college decision-making processes. The academic programs of the college are directly affected by program planning, definitions of goals and priorities, instructional methods and standards, student advising, mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders, research policies, allocation of resources, fund-raising, and the development of professional standards related to the branches of learning for which the college is responsible. The academic programs of the college include undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and creative activity, and outreach services. It is expected that the dean satisfactorily employs strategies to implement objectives and achieve the University’s strategic goals while carrying out the mission of the college.

Required Qualifications

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited university in a discipline appropriate to the college.
  • Accomplishments and experience to merit an appointment with tenure and rank of full professor.
  • Academic leadership experience including personnel management (faculty and staff), resource management (finances, facilities, equipment, etc.), and quality academic programming / delivery.
  • Evidence of original initiatives focused on improving excellence in teaching, research, outreach, mentoring, and/or student success.
  • Must become registered as a professional engineer in Idaho within five years of your appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with strategic planning and visioning to successfully address change, managing program/professional-level accreditation and program assessment, increasing student enrollment, and attracting and retaining a diverse student and employee population.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to develop, maintain, and work successfully with faculty, staff, department administrators, peer colleagues, students, alumni, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and advancing philanthropic opportunities, economic development, extramurally funded research, or other fundraising efforts.
  • Experience working at an R1 research institution and commitment to helping U of I achieve its R1 research goals.

Percentage of Job Duty Function

  • University Service & Leadership 100%
  • Outreach & Extension 0%
  • Scholarship & Creative Activities 0%
  • Teaching & Advising 0%

Description of Expectations

  • Foster academic and research excellence in the College and each of its units.
  • Strive to increase student retention, improve student success, and grow enrollment.
  • Facilitate and nurture synergies, innovations, collaborations, and interdisciplinary work among departments and colleges throughout the University, including branch campuses across the state.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor College faculty and staff personnel: assign duties, define job responsibilities, supervise activities, promote professional development, constructively lead employee performance improvement changes when needed, and actively foster diversity.
  • Successfully manage use and maintenance of financial, facility and equipment resources.
  • Cultivate relationships with alumni, industry, and funding agencies to secure monies (e.g., grants, gifts and endowments) to support infrastructure, teaching, scholarship, research, and outreach activities of the College.

University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation, and the world. The student population numbers 10,791, including first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, at locations in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls. As the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity, University researchers attract $113 million in research grants and contracts each year.

Consistently recognized as one of the best public colleges in America by The Princeton Review, the University combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and a focus on helping students succeed and become leaders. U.S. News and World Report ranks the U of I as the Best Value Public University in the West. 2,252 full-time faculty and staff support and guide 130 Bachelor’s, 88 Master’s, and 32 doctoral degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education, Health and Human Sciences; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. Through an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community, the University actively engages in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body.

The University is a dynamic and integral part of the fabric of Idaho, and, as such, plays a key role in the state’s economic development. With programs in all of the state’s 44 counties, the University is committed to enhancing the scientific, economic, social, legal, and cultural assets of the state and takes pride in a commitment to teaching, research, outreach, extension, and collaboration. The University provides access to publicly supported medical and veterinary education through a multi-state partnership with University of Washington’s School of Medicine and Washington State University College of Veterinary medicine, respectively. The College of Law is among the nation’s best small state public law schools. Unique academic partnership opportunities are also afforded with other universities and colleges in Idaho, as well as Washington State University, located only 8 miles away in Pullman.

The residential campus located in Moscow is a place of transformation and lasting traditions. The University has more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 minority student groups, and is home to the renowned Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Vandal athletic teams compete in 16 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I sports.

College of Engineering

For more than 125 years, the College of Engineering has been providing exceptional learning, training and research experiences to students from Idaho and around the world.

At Idaho, we have one of the leading engineering programs in the Northwest. Our Senior Capstone Program has been named one of the top 10 in the nation. Our focus is teaching the fundamentals of engineering and providing hands-on design and research opportunities. We have world-class facilities and professors who are eager to work with students on a wide range of cutting-edge research.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to our students’ success.

We have six academic departments in the College of Engineering:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering and Industrial Management

In addition, we offer academic programs in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls as well as through our distance education program Engineering Outreach.

  • Boise Engineering
  • Computer Science in Coeur d’Alene
  • Idaho Falls Engineering
  • Engineering Outreach

The College of Engineering is home to 1,475 students, 149 faculty, and 176 staff across 9 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs.

The Location

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to more than 21,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are all within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters, and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs, and many locally owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the "heart of the arts" for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series, and Third Street Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music, and international foods.

The area is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the University ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping, and more.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information for at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 17, 2022. Please send materials to the following:

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal ||
Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 111 || Fax: 770-804-1917

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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