Dean of the College of Engineering

Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. This is an opportunity for the right individual to provide visionary leadership for a growing college at one of the nation's leading research universities.

The College of Engineering is committed to training the next generation of global engineers to achieve the highest academic standards and to maintaining and advancing its international reputation. As part of a Land Grant University, the College of Engineering (COE) has an integrated mission of education, research, and public engagement. In fulfilling this mission, the objectives of the college under the leadership of the Dean are to: 1) Promote scholarly excellence aimed at advancing the state of knowledge in engineering and applied science, including research, development and technology transition; 2) Maintain and enhance quality teaching programs in its undergraduate and graduate programs; 3) Provide state-of-the-art teaching, research and physical infrastructure that facilitate breakthroughs in engineering and applied science; 4) Provide post-graduate support for the profession through continuing education; and 5) Provide outreach support to the community through technology solutions for global grand challenges by promoting collaboration and cooperation within public and private sector partners through extension services.

The College of Engineering has 114 faculty, of which 100 are tenured or tenure-track. There are 2,474 students enrolled in the college: 608 graduate students, and 1866 undergraduate majors. The college consists of five academic core departments: Atmospheric Science; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. The college is also home to the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), a major contributor to the School of Biomedical Engineering, is the lead institution or a major partner in two NSF Engineering Research Centers, an NSF Science and Technology Center, and two NSF IGERT programs. The Dean of the College of Engineering is responsible for overseeing a total annual budget of approximately $80 million, of which two major components are approximately $65 million from external research and $14 million in instructional and overhead budgets. The college is fully accredited by the ABET and is in the self-study year of the current ABET review.

In April 2011, Colorado State University broke ground on Engineering II, a 122,000 square foot interdisciplinary research and academic facility that will bring faculty and students together in teams focused on health and the environment. Beginning in the fall of 2013, it will house interdisciplinary research laboratories, teaching laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, and the Student Success Center. The building is designed to accommodate the college's expanding research activities and increasing student enrollment.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive land-grant institution enrolling approximately 27,000 students from all 50 states and 82 countries. Fort Collins, located 60 miles north of Denver at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, is a vibrant and growing community with a population of approximately 150,000. Fort Collins enjoys a temperate, semi-arid climate and rich cultural and recreational opportunities.

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The successful candidate should have a distinguished record and global reputation of academic and professional excellence that supports appointment as a tenured full professor in one or more of the departments of the college.

In addition, applicants for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering must present evidence that clearly demonstrates the following (not in priority order):

  1. Doctoral degree in Engineering or a closely related field,
  2. Leadership experience comparable to a department head or above,
  3. Demonstrated evidence of outstanding communication and negotiation skills,
  4. A record of excellent management and leadership experience and implicit integrity,
  5. Proven track record of securing and fiscal management of significant external project funding,
  6. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to enhancing student learning and engineering education,
  7. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to enhancing innovation and research,
  8. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to enhancing the diversity of constituent groups,
  9. Demonstrated evidence of success in establishing collaborative relationships both within the organization and with the private and public sectors,
  10. Demonstrated evidence of effective planning and implementation of strategic initiatives across organizational levels,
  11. Demonstrated evidence of experience and/or ability in leadership of successful fundraising campaigns.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, for full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 7, 2013.

Desired start date is July 1, 2013, or earlier. Applicants should send a letter expressing their qualifications and vision for the position, specifically addressing the points listed above, a current vitae, and the names and contact information of five references. Submit applications via email to:

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Ajay Menon, Dean, College of Business, and Search Committee Chair, at (970) 491-2398

Inquiries and applications will be kept confidential until finalists are named for on-campus interviews. References will not be contacted until advanced stages of screening and reconfirmed with candidates.

Nominations are welcome and should be sent to: Please include the name, email address, and phone number of the nominee.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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