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Dean, School of Engineering Birmingham, AL

A unique leadership opportunity awaits the right individual who seeks to join a growing research university and academic health center as the next dean of the UAB School of Engineering. Just entering its second half-century, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has already established itself as a major research university and ranks 16th in the nation among publics and 32nd overall in federally-funded research expenditures. The School of Engineering was one of the first schools created at UAB after the university was established in 1969 and today has the potential to be at the core of UAB’s future.

Located in the heart of the Southeast, Birmingham is Alabama’s largest city and the state’s hub for medical and research activity. “The Magic City” is a primary industrial center in the region with a diverse economy with strengths across several industries including: healthcare, banking, telecommunications, electrical power transmission, and transportation. The School of Engineering, UAB, the City of Birmingham, and the State of Alabama have a shared vision for pursuing exciting entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities to their mutual benefit.

The  ingredients for success at the School of Engineering are there: preliminary approval has been obtained for a new $64.5 million Science and Engineering Complex to house the School of Engineering as well as other STEM departments in the College of Arts and Sciences; The Innovation Depot is full to capacity with technology startups and entrepreneurs; Southern Research, an affiliated 501(c)(3) scientific research organization with more than 400 scientists and engineers, offers more opportunities than ever before for collaboration with UAB.

The university seeks an inspirational and entrepreneurial dean for its School of Engineering to take these ingredients and apply engineering disciplines to train future engineers and to translate research to application for the greater good of society. The new dean will demonstrate a true commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, through accomplishments in previous positions. It is also essential that the new dean be willing and able to balance relative autonomy in and accountability for financial and academic affairs with a concurrent obligation to be a leader and citizen of the larger university. The dean will manage the school’s research funding and expenditures, ensure that enrollment growth and retention keep pace with other academic units on campus, and actively embrace the external aspects of the position such as philanthropic advancement and industry collaborations.

Greg Esposito is leading this search with Micah Pierce and Amanda Sharaba.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work-life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

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