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Job Description

Northern Arizona University is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader, educator, and scholar for the position of Inaugural Dean of the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences . The Dean, in close partnership with the Provost and President, will lead the Universitys newest college in aggressively expanding its competitive research opportunities and building on its foundation of excellent educational programs.The Dean of the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will develop productive working relationships with institutional administration, faculty, and students, as well as industry and community partners.

The Dean will be responsible for:

  • Vision and Planning: Create a vision, in concert with strategic planning, for the college that aligns with the goals and strategic plan for the university.
  • Fiduciary Decisions: manage the budget and other resources.
  • Departmental Administration: appoint department chairs and college administrators, and periodically review the performance of chairs and administrators in concert with the Provost.
  • Personnel: hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; review faculty annual evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities, and support professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Educational Leadership: provide leadership and vision for academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, fidelity to standards and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards; ensure effective student quality, recruitment and retention.
  • Endowment and Outreach: establish a foundation for active and sustainable fund raising; participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups.
  • College Governance: create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: foster diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Effectively demonstrate a commitment to Northern Arizona University core values and engage the college in the campus, state and national communities.

  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the College, including engineering, computer science, material science, physics or informatics, or in a closely related field.
  • Have a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor.
  • Have demonstrated successful administrative leadership experience in higher education as a center or institute leader, chair, associate dean, dean, or comparable position with responsibilities that included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success in the administration of complex academic units and management of diverse types of faculty and staff.
  • Successful record of developing and sustaining high quality, student-centered university coursework and curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional programs.
  • Successful record of impactful scholarship and the acquisition and management of extramural funding.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in donor development, alumni engagement, and fundraising activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful ABET program review and accreditation processes.
  • Demonstrated strengths in effective communication, mentoring, and consensus building.
  • Successful record of leadership and vision for academic programs, including consideration of innovation, cost effectiveness, and fidelity to standards and accreditation; establishment and maintenance of high academic standards; oversight of effective student quality, recruitment, enrollment growth and retention initiatives.

  • General Information

    Located in Flagstaff, a scenic town of 70,000 nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, NAU has seen tremendous growth in its student population and research agenda. Today, NAU serves more than 31,000 students across 20 statewide locations and online. More than 23,000 students attend the Flagstaff Mountain campus, recognized as the 3rd Best College Town in the U.S. by the American Institute for Economic Researchs 2017 College Destinations Index. NAU is one of the top 200 institutions ranked by NSF for non-medical school research expenditures, with institutional research expenditures of over $46M reported for FY17. NAU is committed to diversity, as seen through its historical strength in supporting first generation and Native American students, as well as its designation as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

    The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

    For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, seethe Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

    Background Information

    Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

    Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

    Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report. The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the schools policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current years Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

    The report may be viewed atnau.edu/cleryor by visiting the NAUPD website. A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)###-#### or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


    Commensurate with experience.


    This is an Academic Professional (APF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

    Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. If a new employee chooses the ASRS retirement option, participation in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, will begin on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment. Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of employment. More information is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

    Submission Deadline

    Thisvacancy will be open until filled or closed. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by March 29, 2019, to receive optimal consideration.

    Associated topics: aerospace, architectural, architecture, bioengineering, biomaterials, chemical, chemical engineering, college of engineering, computer science, industrial

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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