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Dean of Engineering

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana, United States
Posted Date
May 15, 2019

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Engineering: Dean


Nominations and applications are invited for a visionary leader to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and will serve on the Deans' Council, which is the academic leadership team of the university.  The Dean works with the Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Academic Affairs personnel, faculty, administrative staff and students to ensure the engineering programs achieve academic excellence.

The Dean is charged with creating an environment that will support the development, implementation, growth, and expansion of disciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities in STEM.  The Dean is responsible for overseeing and enhancing the education, research and service mission of the College; promote scholarly excellence; provide effective management of the College's fiscal policies, financial resources and budgets; engage in strategic initiatives and private fundraising; conduct operational planning, program review and enhancement; supervise staff personnel and manage promotion and tenure processes, and lead college-wide efforts of faculty and staff in student recruitment, retention, and success collaborating with academic affairs, enrollment management and student affairs.

The Dean will lead a vibrant College that has seen significant growth over the last decade, including a five-fold increase in research and development expenditure, an increase of 30% in faculty numbers, and more than 60% increase in student enrollment.  The Dean will work with faculty in establishing the vision, mission, and strategic directions that furthers the advancement of the programs within the College.

About the College:

The College of Engineering at UL Lafayette has over 2,000 students, the second largest engineering college in Louisiana. The College has an annual R&D budget exceeding $11 million. The College is committed to excellence in education and maintains national accreditation in all of its undergraduate programs. These programs include Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Technology. The College offers Master of Science degrees in each of those areas, along with a doctorate in each department with a Systems Engineering emphasis. With a view to integrating its role with the educational mission and the statement of purpose of the University, the College directs its activities towards economic development by integrating research and educational activities with industrial collaboration.  The Dean will work with department heads and faculty to maintain ABET and ATMAE accreditation and assessment processes for all programs.

About the University and city of Lafayette:

The largest of nine universities in the University of Louisiana System, UL Lafayette is SACS-accredited and Carnegie-classified as High Research Activity.  In Fall 2018, enrollment was 17,123 students.  As of 2018, the University has reached a record high of $100 million in research and development expenditures.  The University has over $200M worth of construction occurring on campus. A cornerstone of the College and the University is the commitment to multiculturalism in all aspects of campus life.

The University of Louisiana's main campus is located in the vibrant city of Lafayette.  The Lafayette community is highly technology-oriented and has a reputation of being a community which offers a high quality lifestyle, pleasing climate, and the friendly nature of its people.  The business arena in Lafayette has diversified from its history in oil and gas to include technology, manufacturing and medical. Lafayette is ranked amongst the top best US cities for small business start-ups and top innovative markets in the South.



The successful candidate will have an earned doctoral degree in engineering or related fields, with a record of teaching, scholarship, and research accomplishments suitable for tenure as full professor in one of the College’s academic units.  Demonstrated success in administrative leadership, managing budgets, management, operation, accreditation and continuous improvement of educational and research programs, as well as fundraising and advancement activities, is expected.  Preferred qualifications of at least five years of academic administrative experience at or above the level of department head.  The Dean will demonstrate the ability to foster and maintain relationships through effective communication with key stakeholders e.g., students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and industry partners.

Nominations/Application Process:

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled.  For initial consideration, applications should be received by August 21, 2019.  Application materials must include:  1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate's experiences and qualifications address the expectations and strategic priorities of the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact. The applicant must also include his/her professional relationship to each provided reference. References will only be contacted with the permission of the candidates.  All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited for a campus interview.  Application materials, nominations, and inquiries should be submitted online through the university career site.  Applicants may contact Dr. Emad Habib, Chair of the Search Committee at with questions about the position.

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