Job ID: 200381

Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Auburn University

  • Nov. 28, 2022
  • Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Auburn University
    Auburn, AL
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental
    Electrical and/or Electronics
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Science
    Civil Engineering
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other

Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Auburn University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The Dean serves as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer and provides vision and leadership that enhances its tradition of excellence in teaching, research, service, outreach, and diversity. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be located in Auburn, Alabama.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions, and in 2022, it was ranked 40th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn, an R1 research university, maintains elevated levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2022 enrollment of 31,764 students includes 25,379 undergraduates and 6,385 graduate and professional students. Organized into 12 academic colleges, Auburn’s 1,443 faculty members offer more than 150 plus educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, student engagement, and beautiful campus.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is recognized as a national leader in higher education, ranking among the nation’s top 35 public institutions in U. S. News and World Reports 2023 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs for the 12th consecutive year and recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. The College offers degrees across 10 programs, including Aerospace, Biosystems, Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer Science and Software, Electrical and Computer, Industrial and Systems, Materials, Mechanical, and Wireless Engineering.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has approximately 6,300 students, including 5,068 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students, in 43 different offered degrees taught by 193 tenure/tenure track and 48 non tenure track teaching/research faculty. In addition, the College has 16 modern facilities and is home to 22 research centers and institutes creating more than $70 million in research awards and $78 million in expenditures in 2022. The faculty, graduate student enrollment, and research awards grew considerably over the past seven years.

The Dean will lead the College in support of the University’s shared values, including scholarship, instruction, outreach, and diversity. This individual will represent all academic units within the College and advance all programs inside and outside the university. In addition, the Dean must support and advocate for all students, faculty, and staff while ensuring that all constituents both enhance and improve their knowledge to serve the College and University better. For more information on the position, visit

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities or beach and recreational mountain facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika, Alabama-Columbus, Georgia statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems, outstanding recreation areas, and an exceptional regional medical center.

Candidates must possess an earned doctorate in engineering or commensurate credentials at the time of employment, and academic and professional accomplishments that are sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of professor. In addition, the successful candidate will possess a demonstrated capacity to lead a growing organization, build consensus among stakeholders, foster increased research and scholarship, promote student advancement, enhance corporate and alumni relations, assertively fundraise, and effectively represent the College to outside constituencies. Experience in administration, fiscal management, faculty/staff development, and fundraising is highly desired. Knowledge of accreditation standards is required. Other qualifications include collaborative leadership, shared decision- making and demonstrated effectiveness in sustaining collegial relationships with faculty, students, and administrators.

A successful track record in budget development, strategic planning and practical ability to balance advocacy for the College with the University community’s needs is essential to success in this position. In addition, the candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States when the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to submit their curriculum vitae and letter of interest indicating experience as it relates to the position to the address below by January 8, 2023.

Electronic submissions of all nominations and applications are encouraged.


Search Committee – Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Attention: Director, Breckenridge Partners



Initial review of candidates will begin in January and will continue until a qualified candidate is appointed.


Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer and committed to building an inclusive and diverse community.


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