Dean – College of Engineering and
Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University (WCU) seeks a proven leader who
understands the complexities of leading and administering an
engaged College of Engineering and Technology (CET) in the context
of shared governance. The CET Dean reports to the Provost and Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, as a member of the Provost
Council, works collaboratively with other deans and members of the
Academic Affairs staff. The CET includes approximately 30 faculty
and 10 staff members who serve approximately 850 undergraduate and
graduate students in the School of Engineering + Technology and the
Kimmel School of Construction Management.
The Dean is responsible for overseeing multiple processes
including, but not limited to, budgeting, faculty recruitment and
hiring, faculty retention, program assessment and review, strategic
planning, space allocation, infrastructure oversight, policy
management, and personnel management (including the collegial
review process). Other responsibilities include:
- Fostering student excellence in learning; faculty excellence in
teaching, scholarship, and service; and staff excellence in job
performance, professional development, and growth.
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with key community
partners to enhance the College’s presence and significance in the
- Pursuing both internal and external development to support the
College’s programs and initiatives.
- Leading the College in resource development and the
recruitment, appointment, supervision, and career
progression/development of faculty and staff.
- Serving as an effective advocate for the College’s students,
faculty, staff, and programs.
- Fostering a climate in the College that embraces diversity,
equity, and inclusion.
- Providing leadership to support and grow the research
enterprise of the College.
- Maintaining sensitivity to faculty and staff viewpoints and
seeking appropriate means for addressing their concerns to create a
healthy, cooperative work environment.
- Developing a compelling vision and strategic direction for the
College that is consistent with the University’s strategic plan in
collaboration with faculty, staff, and students.
Job posting and application details can be found at https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/17661
Minimum qualifications include a terminal degree from an
accredited institution with an academic record that qualifies the
candidate for tenure at the rank of full professor in one of the
academic disciplines within the College (Engineering, Engineering
Technology, or Construction Management) and a record of
progressively more responsible academic leadership positions.
Preferred qualifications include a history of progressively more
responsible academic leadership positions characterized by:
- An open, collaborative, and transparent leadership style with a
focus on shared decision-making.
- A solid commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching
excellence, faculty scholarship, and creative activities as
characterized by the Boyer Model of Scholarship, and the
significance of applied research in regional economic
- Experience with developing resources to support faculty
research and engagement, including grant writing, sponsored
research, and technology transfer.
- Experience recruiting, retaining, mentoring, and developing
faculty and staff.
- Experience managing a complex budget, integrating budget
decisions and strategic planning, and ensuring institutional
- A clear understanding of SACSCOC and ABET accreditation
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the
ability to represent the University and the College to external
audiences, including corporate partners.
- A meaningful commitment to and demonstrated accomplishment in
promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, faculty,
- A clear understanding of cutting-edge methods and instructional
technologies to support teaching and student learning.
- Three or more years of industry experience.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political
affiliation, National Guard or veteran status, consistent with
applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and
policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina.
Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal
employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with
disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the
application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or
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