Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering

Dartmouth College
New Hampshire, United States
Not Specified
Oct 25, 2018
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time


Dartmouth College seeks a dynamic leader and distinguished academic to serve as the Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering, a distinctively interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial engineering school. The Dean will assume leadership at a time of tremendous opportunity and growth, overseeing the largest expansion in the School’s history.

Dartmouth seeks a Dean with the creative vision, collaborative spirit, and leadership acumen to guide the Thayer School through a phase of unprecedented growth and development. Dartmouth has heavily invested in Thayer’s future, with plans to double the faculty, grow the student body at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and construct a new, interdisciplinary building that will have a lasting impact on both the School and Dartmouth. The Dean will preserve Thayer’s singular culture and identity, while building on existing research strengths and exploring areas of future development. While Thayer has worked hard to diversify its student body, diversifying the faculty, particularly with regards to gender, will continue to be a priority in addition to fostering a supportive and inclusive for all throughout this period of growth and change. The Dean will also serve as the external face of Thayer, communicating its exceptional story in such a way that raises its profile and visibility. In addition to an outstanding record of scholarly achievement, the successful candidate will bring a deep commitment to shaping the future of engineering education while also furthering the research enterprise through innovative, bold, inspired and effective leadership.

Founded in 1769 and located in bucolic New Hampshire, Dartmouth is committed to offering comprehensive liberal arts education combined with focused graduate programs in medicine, business, the sciences, and engineering. A founding member of the Ivy League with a rich scholarly tradition, Dartmouth is consistently counted among the country’s finest research institutions. It educates approximately 4,400 undergraduates and 2,100 graduate students in the Arts & Sciences, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies and its three outstanding professional schools: Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business. 

Thayer School of Engineering, one of the oldest professional schools of engineering in the country, features a single unified department of engineering sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary innovation in research and teaching. At the undergraduate level, Thayer has long been committed to the idea of the liberal engineer, integrating a strong liberal arts foundation with professional and technical skills. Moreover, the School has been a trailblazer in its efforts to educate female engineers, granting more than 50 percent of its undergraduate degrees to women in the year 2016, a national first. Thayer is also home to the nation’s first engineering PhD Innovation Program, designed to train and graduate engineers with both technical and entrepreneurial expertise. Engineering research at Dartmouth is cutting-edge, interdisciplinary in scope, and often leads to patentable results. On a per capita basis, with more than a 1/3 of Thayer faculty starting a company based on their scholarly work, Thayer is one of the most entrepreneurial research-based schools of engineering in the nation. 

Dartmouth College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in its identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Kate Barry, Partner
Elizabeth Dorr, Senior Associate
David Ferguson, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.