The University of Washington is one of the nation’s great public
institutions, and its College of Engineering is one of its
principal assets. Operating under the guidance of an ambitious
strategic plan, the College has doubled the size of its student
body over the past 10 years and anticipates further growth over the
next 10. The College benefits from exceptional philanthropic
support and sits at the heart of a corporate community with a
nearly insatiable desire for its graduates. To build on this
momentum, the College of Engineering seeks a dean to lead it to
greater levels of academic excellence and recognition.
The new dean will inherit an academic unit in a strong position.
Many of its schools, departments and centers are highly ranked
nationally, and others have the immediate potential to achieve
similar recognition. The College has a distinguished faculty
dedicated to developing innovative solutions through research.
Enrollments are strong, and during 2018-19 the College began
directly admitting first-year students, a change in the
University’s long-standing approach that is designed to address
increasing demand for UW Engineering degrees and to increase
persistence to degree. The College is directly supported by the
Washington State Legislature in recognition of the central role it
plays in the region’s social and economic vitality. Supported by
robust resources both in the College of Engineering and in the
University’s exceptionally successful advancement operation, the
College is currently raising approximately $60 million annually,
has surpassed its goals for the University’s current, $5-billion
campaign and will soon launch a focused fundraising effort to build
the first of two new buildings planned for the near future.
The new dean will possess an earned terminal degree in an
engineering or engineering-related discipline, and a distinguished
record of teaching and research commensurate with an appointment to
the University of Washington College of Engineering faculty with
the rank of professor with tenure. The dean will be committed to a
diverse environment and will demonstrate a track record for
enhancing diversity and inclusion in previous positions.
Exceptional communication and listening skills are required, as is
at least five years of increasingly responsible leadership and
managerial experience in an environment of similar complexity.
Prior experience advocating for philanthropic and legislative
support is highly desirable. Experience in an environment in which
units have substantial fiscal autonomy (i.e., activity based
budgeting) is preferred.
The University of Washington College of Engineering is on an
exciting upward trajectory with substantial potential for further
success and impact. The new dean will have the opportunity to lead
this successful institution to even greater levels of excellence in
teaching and scholarship.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled; for fullest consideration,
materials should be conveyed no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.
Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including a
statement of application, a curriculum vitae/resume and the names
and contact information for five references; references will not be
contacted without the expressed permission of the candidate) should
be submitted via email to UWashingtonDeanCoE@wittkieffer.com.
Material that must be mailed may be sent to:
Dean of the College of
University of Washington
Attention: Dennis M. Barden, Suzanne M. Teer and Robert W.
2015 Spring Road, Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Confidential inquiries and questions may be directed to the
Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search: Dennis M. Barden,
Suzanne M. Teer, and Robert W. Luke at 630-575-6152.
University of Washington 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 genetic information. Dean of the College of
Engineering Seattle, WA