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Dean College Park, MD

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the flagship University of the state of Maryland, seeks an energetic scholar, leader, and innovator to serve as Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. UMD, located just outside of the nation’s capital, is a Carnegie “Highest Research Activity” University and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. UMD’s 12 colleges and schools serve more than 30,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. The College Park campus’s annual research expenditures stand at $550 million. The A. James Clark School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of all engineering programs nationwide, and is a national leader in student diversity and a model for access and equity in education and research. It serves as a catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, delivering on a promise that all graduates will leave ready to contribute to the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Dean will lead the School’s 218 distinguished faculty members building on the School’s remarkable growth and successes, raising its standing among the world’s great engineering schools. The School enrolls approximately 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students across eight departments. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, the Dean is responsible for the educational and entrepreneurial experiences of the School’s outstanding students and will oversee the research, economic, and community engagement activities across the School. The School has an $82 million operating budget and research expenditures of approximately $137 million annually.

The Dean of the Clark School will be an engaging, inclusive, and entrepreneurial leader who will focus their efforts on championing the accomplishments of Clark School faculty nationally; supporting its talented undergraduate and graduate students in their educational, research, and career aspirations; advancing the cause of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all members of the Clark School community internally and externally; and will connect the School to national and international dialogues around engineering grand challenges, technological advancement, and the future of work, scholarship, and pedagogy in the engineering fields. The Dean will support these efforts with the help of a dedicated and highly successful development and advancement team that has been responsible for some of the largest gifts in the history of public higher education, including the transformative 2017 A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation gift of nearly $220 million, which has already led to a renewal of the Clark School’s physical space, the recruitment of talented faculty, and the support of student scholars from underrepresented groups.

For further information about the University of Maryland, please visit: www.umd.edu. To learn more about the A. James Clark School of Engineering, please visit: https://eng.umd.edu.

Gale Merseth is leading this search with Vijay Saraswat.

All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, can be submitted below. Electronic applications are strongly encouraged.


The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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