Dean of the College of Engineering

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA

As of May 2017, this search is in an advanced stage.

THE POSITION: As the principal academic leader of the College, the Dean provides support for the faculty, staff and students by creating a positive environment and strong sense of community.  Teaching, learning, scholarship, research and professional engagement, and service to the University and community are important priorities of the College and will be an important focus of the Dean.  The Dean must have a genuine commitment to student success.  The Dean is responsible for the quality of academic programs and for managing the fiscal, human and physical resources of the College.  The College has a long-standing commitment to Learn by Doing and the dean is expected to seek funding to support student scholarships, faculty professional development, summer and academic year research programs and new undergraduate project-based learning facilities.  The Dean will build partnerships with alumni, industry and the community, and seek supplemental financial support for both new and existing programs.  The successful applicant must be prepared to demonstrate the leadership ability necessary to continue to distinguish the College of Engineering as a premier “Learn by Doing” college that is keeping pace with the ever-changing practice of engineering and is reflective of the comprehensive polytechnic character of the University.  The Dean participates in the development of University-wide policy as a member of the Academic Deans' Council and the President’s Strategic Leadership Team.  The Dean works collaboratively and collegially with college deans and university leadership to develop and implement initiatives in support of the University’s mission.  The Dean is appointed by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the President of the University.

QUALIFICATIONS: Significant academic and administrative experience, an earned doctorate in an engineering related discipline, and credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor within the College of Engineering.  A demonstrated capacity for academic leadership and team building; capable of leading,  supporting, and supervising a diverse faculty and staff by facilitating a collegial culture; fostering collaborative relationships and activities to cross disciplines and colleges; evidence of a strong commitment to excellent teaching and scholarship; commitment to supporting the use of technology to enhance student learning; capability to expand alliances with the private sector; experience in the strategic planning process; strong experience and a commitment to engage the College in a comprehensive program of advancement activities; ability to work effectively with and enhance a diverse campus community and strong commitment to support inclusive excellence throughout the University and community.  A demonstrated ability and a strong personal commitment to student welfare and success, “Learn by Doing,” excellence through continuous improvement and the comprehensive polytechnic university principles at Cal Poly.

COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.  Cal Poly offers excellent fringe benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System and educational benefits for eligible employees.  All rights associated with the appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees.

THE COLLEGE:  Highly selective and known especially for its hands-on focus and graduates who contribute immediately in the workplace, Cal Poly Engineering enjoys an excellent national reputation. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the college as one of the top four public-master’s engineering schools every year since 2000. The College is the largest of Cal Poly's six colleges with eight academic departments and one academic program that offers 13 Bachelor of Science degrees, nine Masters of Science degrees, and six blended/joint bachelor and master’s degree programs. The College employs approximately 50 staff and 230 tenured/tenure-track faculty and part-time lecturers.  The College currently educates over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students and admission is extremely competitive.  The College manages and administers a complex set of revenue and funding sources including: State General Funds of approximately $24 million, Academic Fees of $8 million, Endowments over $44 million, University Campus Programs funds over $8 million and Cal Poly Corporation funding of over $2 million.  The College has been successfully growing its philanthropic activities; yielding $15 million in gifts and pledges in FY 16. The College’s areas of distinction include:  assistive technologies, autonomous flight, Cubesat, cybersecurity, fire protection engineering, HVAC, human motion biomechanics, innovation and entrepreneurship, multicultural engineering programs, regenerative medicine, and women in engineering.

Campus facilities include more than 80 state-of-the-art laboratories and eight buildings, providing students access to advanced technological systems. Students also participate in real-world engineering problem solving through internships, class projects and the senior project capstone design experience, and by participating in design competitions. Cal Poly teams have recently won national championships in the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, AIAA Aircraft Design competition and the Society of Women Engineers Team Tech. The school’s project-based learning emphasis helps ensure that graduates are accustomed to working in diverse, goal-oriented teams. The mission statement for the college is: “To provide an excellent Learn by Doing education and graduate in-demand, Day One ready professionals.”


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Deborah Hodson is leading this search with Emily Chiswick-Patterson and Brett Barbour.