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Dean of the College of Engineering

University of Washington
Washington, United States
Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 27, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Administrative, Deans
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Full Time
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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

Material that must be mailed may be sent to:

Dean of the College of Engineering
University of Washington
c/o Witt/Kieffer
Attention: Dennis M. Barden, Suzanne M. Teer and Robert W. Luke
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

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