The University of Vermont (UVM), one of the oldest universities in America, seeks an accomplished, inspiring, and collaborative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced academic leader to advance a critical academic unit within one of the nation's premier small public research universities.
Established in 1791 as the fifth college in New England, UVM draws students from Vermont, across the country, and around the world, attracted by the richness of its academic offerings, the expertise and accessibility of its faculty, the exceptional beauty of its campus and surrounding area, and the wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities in the region. The only comprehensive university in the state and a land-grant institution, UVM combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research institution.
UVM enrolls some 13,500 students, including 10,500 undergraduates and almost 1,500 graduate students, and is home to seven undergraduate schools and colleges, an honors college, graduate college, medical school, and a division of continuing education. With more than 80 percent of headcount enrollment at the undergraduate level, UVM is one of about 70 institutions in the U.S., out of over 4,300, that combine a "high research" profile with a "high undergraduate" enrollment mix. The University has attracted a distinguished faculty, and steadily built its research enterprise, growing sponsored research to some $130 million in 2012. The UVM campus spans Burlington's highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green Mountains, and is surrounded by the small, historical city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America's best places to live.
In July 2012, UVM welcomed its 26th president, E. Thomas Sullivan, who was previously the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota. President Sullivan is actively pursuing a strategic agenda to put UVM on a pathway to increased success. In his first few months at UVM, he has connected personally with a range of key constituencies across the state, identified broad themes of focus for the future of the University, and commissioned a President's Advisory Council to offer substantive advice and counsel on institutional strategies. This is an exciting time of renewal and reinvention at UVM. In addition, the state of Vermont has expressed strong interest in promoting STEM initiatives in partnership with the University.
The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences comprises the School of Engineering along with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science. ABET-accredited programs exist in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering; undergraduate degree programs are also offered through Computer Science and Mathematics, the latter with concentrations in pure math, applied math, or statistics. The College is also home to four interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate level: the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, the Bachelor of Arts in Engineering, an Engineering Management program which exists in partnership with the School of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Information Systems. CEMS also offers graduate degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs in Bioengineering and Materials Science, and Complex Systems. The College also participates in several other transdisciplinary programs and activities. Key affiliates include the Vermont Complex Systems Center, the Vermont Advanced Computing Center, the Transportation Research Center, and the Vermont Space Grant Consortium. With a faculty of 89 serving 1,180 students, CEMS offers distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs of national stature, emphasizing transdiciplinarity and a strong liberal arts foundation, and prepares graduates for leadership roles in society as well as their chosen profession.
UVM seeks a Dean with a track record of successful academic and administrative management and experience in institutional planning and enrollment management — in particular, international enrollment, curriculum innovation, program assessment, fiscal management, and policy and technology development. The successful candidate will also be responsible for maintaining the professional accreditation status of the engineering professional programs; to this end, prior ABET or similar professional accreditation experience is desirable. The Dean must have a balanced appreciation for engineering, computer science, mathematics, and statistics, as well as an appetite for interdisciplinary collaboration across the University and a desire to work collegially to promote UVM's collective goals. S/he must have the demonstrated record of strength in fundraising and securing external funding for the activities and programs of the College. An earned doctorate in a CEMS-related academic discipline and a stellar record of teaching and scholarship, as evidenced through earned promotion to full professor, are required for this role. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a university that is beginning an exciting new chapter in its long and rich history and to lead a college central to its goals and ambitions to new levels of achievement.
Review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five references.
Vivian Brocard is leading this search with Liz Vago.
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University of Vermont is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment and personnel practices. The University practices affirmative action by taking assertive steps to recruit, hire and promote minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.