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Director, Templeton Institute of Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Dean for Engineering Schenectady, NY

Union College seeks a visionary, strategic, and dynamic leader to serve as the Director of the Templeton Institute of Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Dean for Engineering (DTI/A-DFE). The DTI/A-DFE will join Union College—one of the few liberal arts colleges in the United States that offers ABET-accredited engineering programs—during a time of exciting transformation. Inspired by the College’s current strategic plan, The Power of Union, and fueled by a historic $51 million gift from Class of ‘80 alumni Mary and Rich Templeton, Union has launched a groundbreaking initiative to: 1) strengthen existing engineering and computer science programs; 2) add programs in civil and environmental engineering; and 3) achieve the full potential of embedding world-class engineering and computer science programs in a liberal arts context. The objective is to fundamentally reimagine how engineering and computer science students develop the depth and breadth of knowledge required to lead, as well as how non-engineering/computer science students develop the perspectives required to thrive in a world where technology and data will play a significant role in their lives and careers. This is a transformational opportunity to position Union as a leader in undergraduate engineering and computer science education, enriching and enriched by liberal arts perspectives and disciplines.

To advance this initiative, Union seeks a DTI/A-DFE with the creative vision, collaborative spirit, and leadership acumen to help guide Union’s engineering and computer science programs through growth and development, while enhancing educational connections across the College and expanding partnerships beyond the campus community. Union continues to diversify its student body and faculty, and the DTI/A-DFE will promote a culture of inclusive excellence for all throughout this period of growth and beyond. They will bring a deep commitment to shaping the future of undergraduate engineering education. In addition, the DTI/A-DFE will serve as an external ambassador of Union’s engineering and computer science departments and programs, communicating exceptional stories in a way that differentiates and raises Union’s profile and visibility, and highlights the College’s paradigm-shifting approach to integrative learning across the curriculum.

The DTI/A-DFE will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty (VPAA) and will work in concert with the broader Union community to further strengthen the academic enterprise at the College. The ideal DTI/A-DFE will have a demonstrated track record of designing and implementing integrative activities that foster interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative research, as well as successfully leading operational planning and execution of curricular and co-curricular initiatives in a shared governance context. The DTI/A-DFE must champion the benefits of a blended engineering/computer science and liberal arts education and have a passion for serving at a student-focused undergraduate institution.

Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and CVs with letters of interest can be sent electronically and in confidence below.

Jeff Kessner is leading this search with Karen McPhedran and Amy Gillespie.


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