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Dean, Henry Samueli School of Engineering Irvine, CA

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine seeks an impactful and inspirational new leader as it continues its remarkable trajectory. This is a unique opportunity to lead an institution on the rise in one of the most dynamic regions in the world. The next dean will have the chance to lead the school to greater distinction by inspiring excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, as well as leveraging excellent available infrastructure to further support intellectual exploration, interdisciplinary thought and creative partnerships.

As a recently designated Hispanic-serving institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, UCI is home to nearly 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 1,300 ladder-rank faculty, and over 11,000 campus and medical center staff members. Founded as an interdisciplinary university, it boasts excellence across its arts and sciences core and in its professional schools and has been ranked among the top 10 public universities in the nation for six consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. As one of the youngest members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, UCI combines the strengths of a major research institution with the dynamism and agility of an emergent campus. In addition, its mission as a public land grant institution plays a significant role in contributing to the advancement of the state, the nation and the world.

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is composed of more than 150 faculty members in six departments: biomedical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, materials science and engineering, and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Renowned faculty members are scholars and leaders in their disciplines, committed to pioneering research and dedicated teaching. Twelve faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and approximately 50 of its faculty are fellows of professional societies. Engineering faculty pursue investigations that are timely, socially responsible and forward-thinking, generating widespread impact while delivering to students a rich undergraduate and graduate education. More than two-thirds of undergraduates actively participate in faculty-led projects. Undergraduate and graduate student diversity continues to be a key initiative for the school, with ongoing efforts to increase enrollment of and support for women and students from underrepresented backgrounds.

The next dean of UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering will address a wide range of opportunities and challenges to meet its aspirations, most notably:

  • Promote pioneering research endeavors and world-class scholarship
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive intellectual community to advance scholarship and innovation
  • Strengthen faculty and staff recruitment, retention and career advancement
  • Expand visibility and partnerships across campus and with universities, industry, and other organizations throughout the region
  • Advance the strong tradition of transparency and effective communication within the school
  • Attract and support an engaged community of top students
  • Establish an inspiring and collaborative post-pandemic vision for the next chapter of the school

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Joe Kralick.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

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