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Divisional Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering

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

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George Mason University

Divisional Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering


The Volgenau School of Engineering 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 created College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) and its two Schools, 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.

Established in 1985, the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) grew its extensive engineering degree offerings in direct response to a request to assist the U.S. Government with official national security and defense priorities. Today, it remains the Commonwealth of Virginia’s only school of engineering with its main campus in the National Capital Region. With a central location in one of the East Coast's most active tech corridors, VSE is a top 100 school of engineering, according to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report, with unparalleled access to the nation’s top innovators.

In Fall 2021, the Volgenau School of Engineering enrolled 3,326 students in its 26 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. The School also offers interdisciplinary programs in cyber security engineering and data analytics engineering that integrate expertise across multiple engineering and computing departments. VSE is comprised of the following six departments: Bioengineering; Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering; Cyber Security Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Systems Engineering and Operations Research.

The Volgenau School of Engineering has an operating budget of $24.8 million. The School is comprised of 127 full-time faculty (77 tenured or tenure-track and 50 instructional and research faculty) and is supported by 14 dedicated staff members. In the last year, sponsored research expenditures were nearly $11 million and sponsored research awards were $12.9 million. College-wide there are 19 recipients of the prestigious CAREER/Young Investigator Awards, 18 IEEE Fellows, and 2 ACM Fellows, four IMS Fellows, three ASA Fellows, and 2 Elected Members of ISI.

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 Volgenau School of Engineering and serves as a key member of the leadership team of the College of Engineering and Computing. The Divisional Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering will play a leading role in further defining and articulating the School’s vision, direction, and priorities, as well as manage daily operations. The Divisional Dean will work closely with the CEC Dean and the VSE faculty to define the roles and responsibilities for the administrative team necessary to support the School’s successful implementation and longer-term growth. The Divisional Dean will be expected to partner with CEC leadership to oversee curricular initiatives and academic performance and establish collaborative and multi-disciplinary programs.

The successful candidate must be qualified for appointment at the rank of full professor. They will likely have a PhD in engineering or a related field and qualify to be a tenured professor in one of the six departments of VSE. The successful candidate will also possess a record of success in research and maintain an entrepreneurial, ambitious mindset that spans research and education for VSE. They will have strong written and oral communication skills, and experience working within a multidisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic leader who will be able to set clear goals and attain them, navigate ambiguity, and motivate and inspire others. They will have the highest standards of personal and academic integrity and ethical and professional conduct and lead with transparency and collegiality.


The full Position Profile can be found at


George Mason University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Divisional Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering. Interested candidates should confidentially submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest (Adobe PDF files preferred) to

Joi Hayes-Scott

Russell Reynolds Associates

(202) 654-7816


For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by February 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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