Dean for Academic Programs

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 13, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Reporting to the Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Dean for Academic Programs has overall administrative responsibility for all teaching and advising programs, including undergraduate, professional Masters, PhD, certificates, and all student affairs. The Dean for Academic Programs will be a vital partner to the SEAS Dean and will work closely with the Dean for Administration and Finance, the Dean for Research, SEAS faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to assess, clarify, develop, and implement academic programs to advance the SEAS mission. Oversees all areas within the educational infrastructure, including academic programs, professional programs, innovation in education/technology, active learning, the learning incubator, and fosters SEAS’ relationship with the Harvard Library.


The Dean for Academic Programs will serve as a key advisor, advocate, implementer, collaborator and consensus builder; will provide strategic leadership and effectively represent the interests, priorities, goals, and aspirations of SEAS with multiple and varied audiences and stakeholders (University administrators, faculty, practitioners, and other SEAS community members); will demonstrate commitment to multidisciplinary programming.

Priorities Include

Strategic Leadership

  • Foster an environment of diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students in all activities.
  • Responsible for effective staff management, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment.
  • Develop, manage, and oversee departmental budgets, including SEAS-wide teaching budget (Teaching Lab, Teaching Fellows/Course Assistants, etc.)
  • Ensure compliance with University policies and procedures and applicable legal rules and regulations.

Academic Program Planning and Development

  • Work with the faculty to develop the undergraduate concentrations and graduate academic programs and foster best teaching and learning practices.
  • Ensure that resources are appropriately allocated to the educational programs.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the assessment and review of SEAS educational policies and undergraduate and graduate curricular programs.
  • Act as an advising resource for faculty and other academics regarding educational strategies and formats.
  • Actively participate in mentoring and supporting students as they navigate their learning and academic paths. Be a sounding board for the students and faculty during stressful times.
  • Direct curriculum development which may include developing new courses and assessment of curricular offerings.
  • Direct the evaluation, development and implementation of administrative systems and processes.


PhD in engineering or relevant fields. A minimum of fifteen years of experience in a leadership role in one or a combination of the following areas: higher education, research institute/organization or science/health/engineering-related industry, including managing individuals and/or teams required. Experience in the development and implementation of educational curriculum required.


  • Strong administrative, management, and leadership skills and an ability to build mutual trust and inspire leadership in others.
  • An innovation mindset, an entrepreneurial outlook, and the ability to conceive of and implement an exciting vision, in collaboration with others.
  • A collaborative orientation and an openness to building and sustaining synergies and win-win partnerships within a university setting.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a strong personal commitment to diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging.
  • Deep interest in engaging with diverse constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of teaching principles, concepts, practices, and methods.
  • Knowledgeable of computer science, engineering and applied sciences curriculum.
  • A commitment to technology as a tool to bring about innovation and to elevate pedagogy.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are critical for success.
  • Experience in a faculty position is preferred.



  • Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.
  • The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.
  • Many SEAS employees are eligible for Flexible Work Arrangements, which may be explored during the interview process.
  • Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position. Please note that once regular operations resume on campus, this role will be based on campus in Allston, MA.


Commitment to Diversity
SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment. Some of our core values include respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

About SEAS
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation, and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit

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