The Dean provides leadership and executive management to the departments, centers and units that comprise the school. The Dean is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, development, implementing and evaluating programs, assuring external funding to support research and the growth of the school, developing faculty, and maintaining accreditation and professional standards.
The Dean is responsible for managing the school's faculty, staff and students, and creating innovative opportunities to ensure the development and progression of student educational experiences. The Dean must demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity while supporting curriculum development and research enterprise. The Dean is expected to lead and coordinate the school's governance, including the school's administrators' selection, oversee the faculty and staff selection and retention processes, and coordinate the school administrators and staff's professional development. The Dean is also expected to enhance scholarship while ensuring students' and faculty's academic quality and providing collaborative leadership to faculty and staff.
The Dean will lead the school toward achieving University goals and promoting the school by enhancing external relationships. The Dean is also expected to evaluate overall departmental/school productivity in instruction, research, and service responsibilities. He/She is to supervise and support departments in a manner that promotes excellence in instruction, scholarly and creative productivity, and service at the University.
The Dean reports to the Provost. The Dean directly supervises the department chairs and directors of centers and units and the administrative staff supporting the Office of the Dean.
The successful Dean candidate will be an experienced academic leader with interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to set and achieve ambitious goals. He/She will possess an outstanding record of accomplishment in research, teaching and administration, and will demonstrate uncompromising commitment to academic and educational excellence, to the highest ethical standards, and to the creation and support of a vibrant and broadly diverse community of faculty, students and staff across SSE.
The successful candidates will demonstrate how they meet the following:
• An earned doctorate in an area related to one of the School's disciplines, and a record of recognized scholarly research and teaching accomplishments sufficient to merit appointment as a full professor in one of the school's departments
• Solid record of extensive leadership experience in academic environments fostering a culture of shared governance, working collaboratively with faculty from a multitude of disciplines
• A leader who fosters inclusive consultation and decision-making
• A record showing collaborative working relationships with business and industry partners, agencies, community organizations and/or education institutions.
• A record demonstrating creative thinking and the ability to make clear, informed decisions
• A record demonstrating superior communication skills and the ability to articulate a compelling message to diverse audiences
• Financial acumen and proven abilities in budget and financial management
• A strong, unwavering commitment to the primacy of the liberal education mission
• A leader with a proven track record for bringing groups together to meet objectives
• A record demonstrating the ability to come up with innovative solutions for the increasing risks facing college education from industrial alternative programs.
• Should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the forces shaping higher education by 2030 and provide a proactive vision for SSE internationalization
• Experience with student recruitment and retention
• Experience with faculty recruitment and retention
• Experience in strategic planning and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and academic leaders to identify the academic priorities of the school and develop strategies and tactics for achieving them
• A commitment to and evidence of securing external support through fundraising and development
• A commitment to professional, community-based, applied, and innovative education and scholarship
• Experience living and working in the region is a plus
• Experience in supporting entrepreneurial activities for faculty
• Experience in supporting faculty in scholarly research, teaching, and service
• Experience in supporting student achievement and student success
• A clear awareness of innovative pedagogical practices in STEM education and the use of instructional technologies to support teaching and learning
• An ability to provide civic leadership and to successfully work with professionals in industry and academic, community, and governmental organizations
• Familiarity with the U.S. Higher Education System
• Familiarity with the Middle East and North America cultures and contexts
Salary and benefits are competitive, based on qualifications and professional experience.