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Dean of the College of Engineering

University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada, United States
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Dec 10, 2021

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Dean of the College of Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), a distinguished, dynamic, historic top-tier public research (R1) and teaching land-grant university located at the base of the majestic Sierra mountains and near Lake Tahoe, seeks an energetic, action-oriented academic administrator to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering. The University has 17,000 undergraduate students and 3,300 graduate students and $160 million in research expenditures.

This position serves as the chief academic officer for the College, and reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost. The next dean will lead a college with research programs that have grown significantly in the past decade, particularly in high-impact interdisciplinary areas such as advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity and autonomous systems, while serving at a university characterized by a strong commitment to the student experience.

The University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada's historic land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 20,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNR also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, and maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, and Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

The University's main campus is located in Reno, Nevada, immediately adjacent to a vibrant and growing downtown region, and has a satellite campus in south Reno. Currently underway is the acquisition of a 20-acre residential campus at Lake Tahoe that will complement the University's presence in each of Nevada's 17 counties. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which includes two research universities, one state college, four community colleges, and an environmental research institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success, and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great Basin, the University's verdant, 290-acre main campus is a 45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement, and vibrant campus life that promote UNR's diverse students' cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education, according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018). The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The College of Engineering
The engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno was established in 1889 as the School of Mechanic Arts and Mining, before becoming the College of Engineering in 1905. Since that time, the College has enjoyed continuous growth in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as steady increases in research and outreach activities. During the 2021 fall semester, the College had 90 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 50 non-tenure-track faculty; 2,611 undergraduate students; 395 graduate students, consisting of 175 M.S. students and 220 PhD students; and $19.5M in externally funded research awards. Much of the College is housed in the newly constructed William N. Pennington Engineering Building, which contains state-of-the art labs and classrooms as well as a certified Class 100 Clean Room that is unique in UNR's region.

The college is composed of five departments: Chemical & Materials Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The following bachelor's degree programs have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. The following bachelor's degree program has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET: computer science and engineering. The College if also currently developing an Aerospace Engineering program.

Dean of the College of Engineering
The Dean of the College of Engineering is responsible for academic programs and support services within the College, which comprises five departments including Chemical and Materials Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Dean's responsibilities include curriculum development, planning and assessment; faculty development, promotion, and tenure; academic budgeting; research support; and academic support services for students. The Dean also plays an important external role on behalf of the College, including through fundraising, and works in collaboration with leaders across the University, System, and state.


The Dean of the College of Engineering will have the following qualifications:

• An earned doctorate and a record of distinguished scholarship and teaching requisite for an appointment as a tenured full professor.
• A record of significant and progressive academic leadership experience appropriate to this role at the level of department head or above or comparable experience in industry or government.
• Substantial administrative experience with academic budgeting and financial planning.
• Proven experience in recruiting, developing, retaining, and evaluating faculty and professional staff.
• An established record of embracing, developing, and supporting a diverse staff, faculty, and campus population; demonstrated commitment to diversity in areas of hiring, promotions, student enrollment, and retention.
• A successful record of developing, implementing, and sustaining innovative policies and programs that foster excellence in teaching, research, and service in higher education.
• Experience relating to external constituencies, such as governing and coordinating boards, legislative bodies, public agencies, funding agencies, alumni, donors, and private companies.

Additional information is available in the search profile available at

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a generous retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for employees and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits.

Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. UNR offers a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Required Attachment/s
The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

Attach the following attachments to your Academic Search application
1) CV
2) Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Five Professional References: no references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward UNR's mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment as the Dean of the College of Engineering.

Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Chris Butler and Ann Die Hasselmo.

Full Consideration
The position is open until filled but only applications received by Friday, February 11, 2022, can be assured full consideration.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. UNR is an inclusive and engaged community and recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender/sex (including but not limited to pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color, or religion.

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