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Divisional Dean, School of Computing

George Mason University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 29, 2021

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George Mason University

College of Engineering and Computing

Divisional Dean, School of Computing


The School of Computing at George Mason University invites applications and nominations for the position of Divisional Dean. The Divisional Dean will play a critical leadership role in guiding the evolution of the newly formed School of Computing, capitalizing on the momentum that is propelling Mason into the ranks of some of the most highly regarded public research universities in the nation.

In conjunction with Amazon’s decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest $750 million in the growth of degree programs in computing. At that time, Mason committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing-related disciplines and, in June 2021, launched a brand-new School of Computing that sits alongside the Volgenau School of Engineering, under the umbrella of the College of Engineering and Computing.


The School of Computing has 71 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 49 instructional and research faculty with wide-ranging research interests across the Departments of Computer Science, Information Sciences and Technology, and Statistics. The School is also home to nearly 5,000 students and awards four BS degrees, seven MS degrees, three PhD degrees, two undergraduate certificates, and three graduate certificates. The School has $8.5 million annual research awards and $6.3 million in annual research expenditures. College-wide there are 19 recipients of the prestigious CAREER/Young Investigator Awards, 18 IEEE Fellows, two ACM Fellows, four IMS Fellows, three ASA Fellows, and two Elected Members of ISI.

University-wide, Mason has developed significant education and research strengths in computing over the past decade, and today supports 13 undergraduate majors, 22 master’s programs, and 11 PhD programs developed specifically to serve individuals interested in computing-related occupations. Building on these strengths, the formation of a contemporary School of Computing—the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia—provides the University with unprecedented opportunities both to establish computing as one of its strategic differentiators and to assume a leadership role in shaping the future of computing, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Reporting to the Dean of the College, with a dotted line to the Provost, the Divisional Dean is the chief academic and administrative leader for the School of Computing and serves as a key member of the leadership team of the College of Engineering and Computing.  The Divisional Dean will play a critical leadership role in guiding the evolution of the School and in elevating the role of computing across George Mason University. The Divisional Dean will guide a robust scholarship and research agenda, and promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, including the development of collaborative academic programs.

The successful candidate must be qualified for appointment at the rank of full professor and will likely have a PhD in a computing-related field and qualify to be a tenured professor in the SoC. Competitive candidates will have an outstanding record in research with a strong record of funding, along with a genuine understanding of the teaching mission and the importance of providing undergraduate and graduate students with the highest quality educational experience. A demonstrated commitment to the effective mentoring of junior faculty is essential. The Divisional Dean must have the leadership skills and vision to propel the School forward, which includes a strong sense of where the field is headed and, ideally, strong ties with the business community. They will have unassailable personal and academic integrity, strong oral and written communication skills, comfort with ambiguity, and a focus on openness and transparency.

The full Position Profile can be found at


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:

Jett Pihakis, Ph.D.

Russell Reynolds Associates

(202) 654-7870


For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by Feb 7.


George Mason University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.


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