Human Resources

Dean, College of Engineering

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Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Academic Administrator

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.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The dean of the College of Engineering (CoE) is a forward-thinking, innovative, and collaborative leader who provides strategic leadership in the College. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer in the college, reporting directly to the provost, and shapes the vision for the role of the CoE within the University, the State of Michigan, higher education, and society at large. The dean provides leadership to the CoE department chairs and works with other administrators (vice presidents, deans, and directors) as well as faculty, staff, and students to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service. The dean is responsible for fostering successful collaborations among personnel within the CoE, other areas of the University, and external constituencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Provide leadership to the College and work with other units across Michigan Tech to ensure the University continues to thrive during a time of rapid change in higher education.
2. Lead the CoE in developing and implementing college-wide strategic plans for research and education in support of the goals of the University.
3. Work with other senior academic leaders as part of the Deans Council, which meets regularly to advise the provost and provide overall academic leadership to the University.
4. Work with the CoE department chairs, and provide leadership in the development and implementation of department strategic plans consistent with the CoE vision.
5. Advance CoE goals for a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming learning and work environment that creates a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff.
6. Promote a culture of safety throughout the CoE.
7. Enact a growth mindset, including the successful identification and implementation of a broad and exciting vision to promote growth within the CoE, in alignment with institutional strengths and in partnership with other academic units.
8. Actively engage in fundraising and other advancement activities, obtaining resources that support the growth of students and personnel, and improvement of programs and infrastructure within the College and University.
9. Enhance and develop relationships with key external constituents, including alumni, government, industry, and foundations to support departments, the College, and the University.
10. Enhance and develop relationships across the University.
11. Champion the University vision, mission, and strategic initiatives within the College, the University, the state, nationally and internationally.
12. Possess and encourage in others entrepreneurial and innovative approaches that value new educational and research initiatives.
13. Lead planning, decision-making, and resource allocation activities within the CoE, including providing oversight for decisions made at the departmental level.
14. Supervise CoE associate dean(s), the nine CoE department chairs, and CoE office staff, including providing opportunities for career development and increased effectiveness.
15. Make recommendations to the provost and president regarding hiring, tenure, and promotion for tenured and tenure-track faculty, and appointments and renewals of instructional-track faculty and academic administrators within the CoE.
16. Comply with and provide leadership for initiatives associated with accreditation of programs within the CoE and University.
17. Carry out other duties as assigned.

Administrative supervision is exercised over associate dean(s), department chairs, as well as professional and clerical staff within the CoE.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Earned PhD or equivalent degree in engineering or a closely related discipline.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Leadership experience at or above a level equivalent to a department chair or head in an academic or research-oriented organization.
● Demonstrated commitment to promoting a culture of safety as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● An exemplary record of teaching at the college level.
● An exemplary record of research and experience in fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
● Experience leading or contributing to entrepreneurial activities in teaching and/or research.
● Experience working within a shared governance environment.
● Experience in generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts, including relationship-building with potential donors.

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

● Ability to articulate a clear vision for the future of engineering research, education, and fundraising at Michigan Tech.
● Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
● Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills in a shared governance environment.
● Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to manage budgets.
● Demonstrated success in building partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups, both within and external to an organization.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

● Demonstrated expertise in strategic enrollment management, including ways to promote retention.
● Demonstrated ability to create a sense of belonging and foster a fair, objective, and, welcoming environment for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics, diverse backgrounds, and viewpoints.
● Demonstrated success in leading research program growth, including increased funding, scholarship, and research productivity.
● Demonstrated success in leading broad institutional change, such as through effective implementation of a strategic plan.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

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 Training

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.

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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Pay Rate/Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applications should be received by Monday, January 8th, 2024.

Interested applicants can apply here and must upload the following documents:

1. Cover letter
2. Statement of vision for the future of engineering research, education, and fundraising at Michigan Tech
3. Curriculum Vitae
4. Contact information for five (5) professional references (referees will not be contacted without written permission of the applicant)

We strongly encourage applicants to address the required and desired qualifications with respect to education, experience, skills, and abilities in their cover letter along with an explanation of their ability to be successful in the essential duties and responsibilities.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior in Houghton Michigan. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

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.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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