University of Alabama — Dean of the College of Engineering

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Dean of the College of Engineering
The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a strategic and collaborative leader with a distinguished scholarly profile to serve as the next Dean of the College of Engineering. The Dean will develop a future-oriented vision for the College and provide leadership on planning, curricular, research, and budgetary decisions. The Dean will also engage with alumni, the business community, and state and federal government officials to advance the goals of the College and University. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree and qualify for appointment at the rank of tenured full professor in one of the College's departments. The candidate must also possess a significant and progressive record of leadership in any professional setting including higher education, government, and/or industry. It is preferred that the selected candidate possesses leadership experience in higher education and a sustained record of excellence in research, service and teaching commensurate with a comprehensive research university.

Located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The University of Alabama is one of the nation's premier universities, offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nearly 200 fields of study. With more than 1,000 acres of tree-lined academic core campus and over 300 state-of-the art facilities, UA has been ranked among the most beautiful and most inspiring college campuses in the South, in the state of Alabama and in the nation. In Fall 2021, the Capstone set 47 new enrollment records, including the largest first-year student class to ever enroll. In addition, enrollment of first-year students from Alabama rose over 8%, the most in a decade. UA is also a leader among public universities in the enrollment of national Merit Scholars, with 281 first-year students tallying a 27% increase from the previous year and a new UA record of 940 National Merit Scholars among all undergraduate students. Along with these records, its 6,632 graduate, law, and medical students enrolled this fall are all-time highs for UA. As the state's flagship university, UA is also designated among the top doctoral research universities in the United States in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Since 2015, UA has invested over $1.1 billion in the physical campus, adding more than 2.55 million gross square feet of space, over 150 new research-intensive faculty, signature research areas (e.g., “The Alabama Research Institutes”), and a growing number of partnerships with industry and with state and federal agencies. UA's research enterprise has been surging higher for seven consecutive years. For fiscal year 2020, sponsored awards reached more than $168.4 million, an increase of more than 27% over the previous year, which was also record-breaking. Total sponsored awards increased by 70% in the last two fiscal years (2019-2020), strengthening UA's position as one of the fastest growing research institutions in the nation. The University employs nearly 2,100 faculty and over 4,500 staff, with 52 UA researchers included in the National Academy of Inventors. An additional 36 current faculty have received the NSF CAREER Award, one of the nation's most prestigious recognitions of top performing young scientists in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences.

The College of Engineering is one of the five oldest engineering institutions in the nation. There are approximately 4,750 undergraduate students and 650 graduate students pursuing one of 15 undergraduate or 14 graduate degrees spanning the engineering and computer science disciplines. The College consists of the departments of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. In addition, the College has several major research centers including the Center for Advanced Public Safety; Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies; Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research; Center for Sustainable Infrastructure; Center for Athletic and Sport Technology; Center for Transportation Operations, Planning, and Safety; Center for Water Quality Research; Manufacturing at the Point-of-Need Center; and Remote Sensing Center. Furthermore, faculty and students in the College are major participants in the University's signature research institutes &mdash; the Alabama Transportation Institute, Alabama Water Institute, Alabama Life Research Institute, and Alabama Cyber Institute. Cumulative new research awards to the College exceeded $60 million last year. The College's ~170 faculty include internationally recognized scholars teaching in engineering classrooms and labs. Engineering students work closely with professors who are not merely experts in their disciplines, but also creator of new knowledge. The College is recognized nationally for the number of undergraduate and graduate students who receive national awards and scholarships, with over 300 National Merit Finalists, over 2,200 Honors students, and 45% of its students receiving merit-based scholarships in Fall 2021.

Additional information about UA is available in the search profile. Further information on the Dean search can be found here.

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of five professional references with full contact information, and a request for confidentiality if desired. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: UADeanEngineering@academicsearch.org. Applications submitted by January 11, 2022, will receive full consideration.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at Ann.Hasselmo@academicsearch.org or Chris Butler at Chris.Butler@academicsearch.org, consultants with Academic Search, Washington, D.C.

Further information about the University of Alabama is available at https://www.ua.edu/. For more information on the College of Engineering see https://eng.ua.edu/.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.

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