University of the Pacific — Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science

Under the leadership of President Christopher Callahan, appointed July 1, 2020, Pacific embarks on a bold new vision, one that will lead change, sustain values in community engagement, inclusion, civility, and is committed to a student-centered education. To accelerate the University’s upward trajectory, Pacific recently appointed Chris Ferguson, a nationally regarded expert in enrollment growth, as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Now Pacific seeks its next leader, a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial Dean for the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SoECS). Pacific’s SoECS is poised for a bright future thanks to the energies of a team led by Dean Steven Howell, who retires on June 30, 2021, having served superbly for 7 years. 

President Callahan, Provost Maria Pallavicini, and the SoECS community invite inquiries from and recommendations of candidates who are eager to imagine, craft, and implement programs that shape the role of engineering and technology in the most diverse region in America, one ninety minutes from Silicon Valley.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science
Established in 1957, SoECS provides superior student-centered learning for undergraduate and masters level students emphasizing close faculty-student interaction, experiential education, and distinctive research opportunities. Pacific is ABET accredited and embraces a teacher-scholar model that values teaching and research. Ranked as one of “50 Great Schools at Great Prices” on U.S. News & World Report, the School offers eight Bachelor of Science degrees (Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, and Mechanical Engineering) and three master’s degree programs (Master of Science in Engineering Science, Master of Science in Data Science, and Master of Science in Computer Science). Students in SoECS gain real-world experience through its Cooperative Education program (CO-OP). CO-OP is an experiential internship program in which juniors and seniors gain hands-on experience with an organization while earning academic units towards their degree.

In Fall of 2020, SoECS enrolled 802 students (673 undergraduates and 129 master’s students), guided by 54 faculty (30 tenure-track, 6 non tenure-track, and 18 part-time), and 19 staff (17 full-time and 2 part-time). 45% of tenure-track faculty identify as BIPOC.

Student diversity is a distinctive strength at SoECS, one that Pacific’s leadership believes to be essential in diversifying the fields of engineering. Presently, students identifying as BIPOC represent 55% of SoECS’ enrollment, international students represent another 19%, and 24% identify as white. It is important to note, 36% of current students are first generation college students and 90% of SoECS’ domestic students hail from California while 10% of domestic students come from 18 states and territories in the United States. SoECS’ 156 international students come to Pacific from 5 continents and 26 nations. Of these students, 65% of these international students come to Pacific from China, India, and Vietnam.

SoECS is supported by a $2.8M endowment and donors provided $3.8M in annual giving from FY 14-FY 19.

More information about the School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit https://engineering.pacific.edu/engineering.

The University
Serving more than 6,300 students (3,700 undergraduates and over 2,600 graduate and professional students), Pacific is committed to providing a superior, personalized educational experience that integrates the liberal arts with professional learning and prepares students for a meaningful life and a successful career. The first chartered university in California, Pacific was founded in 1851 and is ranked 133rd among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Pacific ranks 39th of top performers in social mobility, 3rd in alumni salaries among similarly sized universities in California, and 13th in alumni salaries among California universities. Pacific is set apart from other universities by its highly personalized attention to each student in small and one-on-one learning environments of the kind found in renowned liberal arts colleges, combined with providing the wide variety of academic, professional and extracurricular choices of a major university.

The University’s iconic main campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most picturesque college campuses, is in Stockton, California; a Sacramento campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, a new School of Health Sciences, and an expanding set of graduate programs that serve the regional economy; and a campus in downtown San Francisco houses the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and additional health and technology graduate programs. Pacific is recognized nationally and internationally for its academic programs in health-related fields, particularly dentistry and pharmacy, and provides exceptional liberal arts learning as well as engineering, business, music, and education paths for its undergraduates. Pacific’s 9 schools and colleges on its three campuses offer students their choice of 80-plus majors, including 21 graduate programs and 12 accelerated program options. Pacific is well-known for its small class sizes, averaging 23 and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, dedicated faculty, and numerous opportunities for real-world learning, including opportunities to study overseas.

Pacific is in the midst of historic fundraising success. The university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Leading with Purpose” – The Campaign for University of the Pacific, which started in 2013 and publicly launched in October 2017 has already raised more than $268 million. In the past decade, Pacific’s endowment has grown by $300 million and nearly tripled in size in the last five years. Since the campaign began, the amount of endowed donor-funded scholarship distributions has more than tripled from $3.5 million to nearly $11 million in 2019.

Pacific’s main campus, which houses the majority of academic programs for undergraduates, is ideally situated in the heart of northern California, 45 minutes from the state capital of Sacramento, 90 minutes from San Francisco and the Napa Valley region and two hours from Lake Tahoe.

For more information about the University of the Pacific, please visit https://www.pacific.edu/.

Position Summary
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the SoECS to whom Pacific delegates significant responsibility, autonomy, and accountability for the School’s path. The Dean is responsible for the academic leadership of the School, engagement with its communities, and overseeing enrollment management efforts, resource management, faculty and staff, facilities, and SoECS’ financial success. The Dean also has responsibility for guiding the administrative team in support of the School, alumni, donors, and community and industry partnerships. The Dean leads SoECS’ strategic planning initiatives and solidifying and implementing the vision, mission, and goals for the School.

In their role, the Dean will uphold and strengthen the intellectual engagement and accomplishment for which SoECS is known, steward innovation, provide strategic vision and operational leadership, promote synergies within the School, University, and with industry. 

Qualifications
The successful candidate must be regarded as a distinguished or emerging leader in professional engineering fields and within the academy and must articulate a dynamic vision for the future of the School. The candidate must demonstrate a passion for the future of engineering and computer science at Pacific and an energy for building upon Northern California’s peerless international opportunities. The successful candidate must also value collaboration, transparency, and entrepreneurship, embrace Pacific’s mission to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education. The candidate’s commitment to inclusion as strength is clarion, and they must be dedicated to preparing individuals for achievement and leadership in their careers and as citizens. For a complete position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/PacificSoECS.pdf 

Application and Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information for the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “Pacific-SoECS” in subject line

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, Inc.
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or other legally protected characteristics.

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