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Dean of the College of Engineering

University of Texas at El Paso
Texas, United States
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Sep 24, 2021

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Dean of the College of Engineering

About The University of Texas at El Paso:

The University of Texas at El Paso is America's leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Ninety-four percent of UTEP's nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and many are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, students have access to 168 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. UTEP is the only open-access, top tier research university in America, yet its retention rates exceed those of selective institutions.

Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them. It is one of only 28 institutions in the U.S. and 3 in Texas to hold both top tier research and community engagement distinctions from the Carnegie Foundation.

UTEP advances discovery of public value and positively impacts the health, culture, education and economy of the community it serves. With more than $108 million in total annual research expenditures, the University is ranked among the top 5% of colleges and universities in research and fifth in Texas for federal research expenditures at public universities.

The University employs approximately 4,000 faculty, staff and students. It has one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to offer an exceptional education at a great value. Almost 25% of graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the top income quintile, placing UTEP in the top 10 universities in America for social mobility.

The College of Engineering
Since its founding in 1914 as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, the College of Engineering at UTEP has emerged as a national leader in graduating Hispanic engineers with the real-world experience and academic foundation to change the face of engineering.

The College offers nine baccalaureate degrees and more than 30 graduate programs and certificates. Enrollment has steadily increased, with 4,321 students (3,599 undergraduate, 576 master's, and 146 Ph.D.) enrolled during the fall 2021 semester. The College of Engineering offers students interdisciplinary and industry training opportunities, including internships, co-ops, study abroad, service learning and undergraduate student research; these are key to keeping students engaged, and their persistence has given rise to high rankings by ASEE: #1 in master's degrees to underrepresented minorities; #6 in bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minorities; #8 in percentage of doctoral degrees to underrepresented minorities. The College awarded 635 bachelor's, 214 master's, and 37 Ph.D. degrees during the 2019-2020 academic year in its seven academic departments:
  • Civil Engineering,
  • Computer Science,
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering,
  • Engineering Education and Leadership,
  • Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering,
  • Mechanical Engineering, and
  • Metallurgical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering.

Research is facilitated through state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers in the College, described at Engineering Research Centers and Facilities.

Job Description:

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the College of Engineering. The Dean will have exceptional opportunities to strengthen and shape how the College contributes to America's leading Hispanic-Serving University and be eligible for a substantial endowed chair in the role of Dean. Through the development of supportive research and education infrastructure, the recruitment of talented faculty, the addition of new degree programs, and a strong commitment to student success, the College of Engineering has experienced impressive growth in its externally funded grant and contract research portfolio, as well as enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The next Dean will play a critical role in the University's new strategic planning initiative, provide leadership and direction for the future of the College and ensure the highest standards of quality in engineering education, research, and service.

The Dean of the College of Engineering
The Dean is the chief academic officer and administrative leader, and serves as a key member of the University leadership team. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff to advance the College's mission, the Dean will represent the College within the University and among a wide range of external constituencies. The Dean will continue to promote UTEP's highly acclaimed access and excellence mission, strengthen existing research and scholarship, build on existing interdisciplinary research to promote excellence in education and research and support UTEP's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Dean will be responsible for development efforts in support of the goals of the College, with external partners as well as alumni and other donors.

As the leader of the College, the Dean sets the academic climate, promotes a culture of outstanding research and innovation, and represents its faculty, students, and staff to the University and beyond. The College's department chairs, associate deans, and some college staff report directly to the Dean. The Dean has financial and administrative management responsibility for the College, guides and oversees its annual operating budget, and leads its development efforts. The Dean's charge also includes providing effective leadership for the College's faculty and administrative staff. To ensure the College of Engineering's continued growth and distinction, the next Dean will be expected to place high on her/his agenda several key opportunities:
  • Developing a compelling vision and strategic direction for the College. The next Dean of the College of Engineering will be a critical player in crafting a strategic plan for the College that aligns with and contributes to UTEP's Strategic Plan.
  • Communicating the College's vision to numerous and varied audiences and constituencies.
  • Developing a tactical plan for financial resources and their foci. In addition to managing currently available resources, the next Dean will explore the development of entrepreneurial initiatives and other initiatives aimed at growing resources for the college.
  • Creating a positive, cooperative climate conducive to inclusion and achievement. The new Dean will stress high academic standards while leading the College in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and providing opportunities for growth for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Cultivating a community presence that is accessible, equitable, and inclusive to our many students who are first in their families to pursue higher education. The Dean will also provide visibility and support, and thereby enhance the "engineering school of choice" image for local talent.


The College of Engineering seeks an entrepreneurial leader to set the College on a dynamic course for the future. The new Dean will bring high academic standards, an outstanding record of research, and strong management and leadership skills. Minimum requirements are:
  • Qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured full professor in the College;
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management, indicative of innovative approaches and the ability to make clear, informed decisions;
  • A record that shows a meaningful commitment to, and demonstrated accomplishment in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • A record of quantifiable success in developing resources and fundraising for a large, complex organization; and
  • Superior communication skills, political adeptness, and the capacity to represent the College effectively to local, national, and international constituencies

Key attributes in a successful candidate for the Dean of the UTEP College of Engineering:
  • Dedication to the mission and vision of UTEP and the College; a commitment to providing access and an excellent education to students
  • An open and consultative leadership style, partnering with and motivating faculty, staff, and students to take the College to a heightened level of success
  • A demonstrated track record of accomplishments that exhibits a balanced commitment to academic excellence
  • A record of success as an academic administrator in a similar organization
  • A clear understanding of leading-edge methods and instructional technologies to support teaching and learning
  • Enthusiastic support of student success and advocacy for partners' support and sponsorship of student design and research projects

Additional Information:

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee's or prospective employee's right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Inquiries-including the filing of a Formal Complaint or reporting an incident-about the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by phone at (915) 747-8358, by email at, or by mail at 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX, Kelly Hall, Room 312.

For accommodation information for employees and applicants with disabilities, please contact UTEP's Equal Opportunity Office at

Application Instructions:

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 8, 2021, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Visit this site ( to learn more. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a CV, a letter of interest that includes discussion about contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of five professional references.

Nominations and queries should be sent to Stephen Crites, Ph.D., College of Engineering Dean Search Committee Chair at

To apply, visit

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