Human Resources

Associate Dean for Research

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Department: College of Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

Department: College Of Engineering

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The College of Engineering invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Dean for Research to begin entering the position approximately Nov. 15, 2022, and fully assuming the position in spring semester, 2023. The Associate Dean for Research works with the Dean and other members of the College to further the research and innovation mission of the College. They are a member of the leadership team of the college, the Engineering Council (EC), and serve as a representative of the college in areas of research and innovation to our external constituents as well as within Michigan Tech.

The College encourages minority and female applicants and is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all people.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Work closely with the Dean, Chairs, and other constituent groups to advance the reputation, research capabilities, and impact of the College.
● Lead and assist in the formation of interdisciplinary research groups.
● Lead and assist with college and department efforts to secure and support large, externally funded research awards.
● Lead and where appropriate, oversee the development of external partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.
● Develop approaches that will enable more researchers to innovate and incorporate entrepreneurship.
● Enhance communication and relationships between units on campus.
● Advocate for research support, opportunities, and collaborations with all areas of the university.
● Represent the Dean of Engineering or Chairs when needed.
● Oversee the physical infrastructure needs of the college as a whole, and serve as the point of contact for space reallocation matters.
● Manage cost-share commitments, space, and other research resources as assigned.
● Support internal grant processes.
● Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● A Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Budget and grant management experience.
● Track record of having secured research funding.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Experience/connections with industry, government labs, funding agencies, foundations.
● Experience in successfully working with diverse individuals.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Demonstrated ability to collaborate and facilitate teams with diverse perspectives and interests.
● Willingness to travel as needed.

● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Motivated self-starter, demonstrated ability to see and act upon opportunities with minimal direction and supervision.
● Demonstrated ability to align interests of external stakeholders with internal capabilities and areas of expertise.
● Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and to effectively recognize and resolve conflicts and mediate disputes.
● Demonstrated fiscal responsibility.
● Demonstrated commitment to participating in an inclusive and welcoming working environment.
● Demonstrated ability to promote a culture of safety.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Traininng

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

11 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, based on education and experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Dean, College of Engineering

Posting Type

Internal Only

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

  • Candidates will provide i) a curriculum vitae, ii) a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s experiences and skills that make them particularly suited for the job, iii) a statement describing how they will support a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging referencing past actions demonstrating those competencies, and iv) names of at least three professional references. Please direct inquiries to Leonard Bohmann, the search committee chair <>. The position will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received prior to Oct. 24, 2022.

Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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