University of Alaska Fairbanks — Dean, College of Engineering and Mines

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for the position of Dean, College of Engineering and Mines (CEM), University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The dean serves as the chief executive officer of CEM, reporting to the Provost, and will have responsibility for leading the college and managing its resources to accomplish its teaching, research and service mission. CEM advances and disseminates technical and scientific knowledge through innovative teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska and other high-latitude regions. The College promotes students’ self-motivation to excel and guides them toward professional careers and entrepreneurship in an environment of life-long learning.

Duties:

Major Responsibilities: – Provide leadership to CEM students, faculty and staff that fosters and sustains college-wide excellence in teaching, research and service, and prepares and supports a professional workforce. – Manage college resources to achieve the teaching, research and service mission of CEM. – Market the college on and off campus, particularly as it pertains to student recruiting and as a knowledge-hub for northern region problems, solutions and opportunities. – Facilitate communication and collaboration within and between CEM and its external stakeholders, including alumni, the business community as well as with external funding agencies. – Support and implement funding initiatives and overall programmatic direction of CEM. – Promote a safe and welcoming learning and work environment among CEM students, staff and faculty to foster inclusion. Strengthen diversity through focused efforts in recruitment and retention of minorities, women, or other underrepresented groups. – Oversee the daily operations of CEM, including supervision and support of 37 full time academic faculty, 15 full time research faculty, 49 staff and more than 900 students. – Develop and execute college strategic initiatives and contribute to the university”s long-term cultivation.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership to CEM students, faculty and staff that fosters and sustains college-wide excellence in teaching, research and service, and prepares and supports a professional workforce.
  • Manage college resources to achieve the teaching, research and service mission of CEM.
  • Market the college on and off campus, particularly as it pertains to student recruiting and as a knowledge-hub for northern region problems, solutions and opportunities.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration within and between CEM and its external stakeholders, including alumni, the business community as well as with external funding agencies.
  • Support and implement funding initiatives and overall programmatic direction of CEM.
  • Promote a safe and welcoming learning and work environment among CEM students, staff and faculty to foster inclusion. Strengthen diversity through focused efforts in recruitment and retention of minorities, women, or other underrepresented groups.
  • Oversee the daily operations of CEM, including supervision and support of 37 full time academic faculty, 15 full time research faculty, 49 staff and more than 900 students.
  • Develop and execute college strategic initiatives and contribute to the university’s long-term cultivation.

The college offers ABET-accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Geological, Mechanical, Mining and Petroleum Engineering and Computer Science, and altogether enrolls about 1,000 students (900 undergraduates, 80 Masters level and 14 Ph.D.). CEM offers a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, accepting doctoral students in all of the offered engineering fields. CEM includes an embedded research institute, the Institute of Northern Engineering (INE), with grant and contract research expenditures of about $12M annually. INE has a broad research portfolio, ranging from resource development and highway infrastructure in permafrost regions to the status of marine mammals. INE’s research is primarily located in its research centers, which include the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Alaska University Transportation Center, Water and Environmental Research Center, the Petroleum Development Laboratory and the Mineral Industry Research Laboratory.

UAF is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university, the world leader in Arctic research, and a Carnegie Doctoral University: Higher Research Activity. Established as the original site of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1917, UAF is a multi-campus university based in Fairbanks, the state’s second largest city, with seven extended campuses spanning two-thirds of the state. Fairbanks, a modern and close community with approximately 100,000 residents, is located in Interior Alaska between the Alaska and Brooks mountain ranges and is noted for its scope of unique outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, five months of Nordic skiing in the winter) and temperature extremes (ranging from +90F in summer to -40F in winter). UAF recently completed the construction of the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility, a 120,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art laboratory, office, and classroom building, which joins the adjacent Duckering Building in providing an outstanding working and learning environment for CEM students and faculty. UAF is one of three distinct universities in the University of Alaska system, which includes the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in a field of engineering or closely related science, with a strong record of achievement and academic rank of full professor by December 31, 2018; a record of successful administrative or leadership experience and significant budgetary responsibility. “Closely related science” means those sciences commonly housed in engineering schools or colleges, such as, although not limited to, materials science or hydrology.

Preferred Qualifications:

Significant, successful experience as a dean or director, associate dean or associate director, department chair or equivalent; demonstrated leadership ability and the ability to be an effective advocate for the college’s educational, research and service mission; substantial experience in engineering education and research, including ABET evaluations; an understanding of and dedication to shared governance in a university community and the ability to promote the professional development of faculty and staff; a deep commitment to student learning and scholarly inquiry and to the mission and values of a land-sea-space grant university; professional engineering license or equivalent certification, appropriate to field of expertise; and demonstrated success in developing relationships with external and internal stakeholders, including the business community as well as with external funding agencies.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on August 15th, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

To Apply:
Please attache a resume or curriculum vitae (25 page limit-maximum), cover letter, and a list of three (3) references.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary:
Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at: http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Tobacco-Free Campus:
UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

JOB NO:509588
CLASSIFICATION:Dean (Academic)
GRADE:Officer of the University
WORK TYPE:Officer/Senior Administrator
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT:University of Alaska Fairbanks
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT:College of Engineering & Mines
LOCATION:Fairbanks
CATEGORIES:Engineering/Computer Science, Executive/Director/Management, Other

ADVERTISED:29 Jun 2018  Alaskan Daylight Time
APPLICATIONS CLOSE:15 Aug 2018  Alaskan Daylight Time

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