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Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computing Albuquerque, NM

New Mexico’s flagship R1 university, The University of New Mexico (UNM), seeks a strategic, innovative, and engaging leader to serve as the next Jim and Ellen King Dean of the School of Engineering. The Dean will join a collaborative and committed team of staff and faculty dedicated to serving a remarkably diverse student body with a substantial proportion of first-generation college students. The UNM School of Engineering is integral to the University’s success. The School ranks #2 in impact of innovation for mid-sized research universities and ranks 18th in the nation as the “best value” engineering school. Home to 1,818 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, the School boasts more than 170 faculty members who engage in various research, academic, and professional opportunities within and outside of campus. UNM houses seven research centers and a health sciences center and is in close proximity to multiple national research labs including Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as well as industry partners such as Intel. The next Dean will be expected to engage and expand these relationships to provide students, staff, and faculty the academic, research, and professional opportunities needed to excel in their careers, and to advance New Mexico through economic development and education of the advanced technical leaders the state needs. The Dean will represent the School and its interests to the state legislature, industry partners and community stakeholders. The Dean will set and execute an ambitious plan to increase the School’s visibility, influence, and impact in the community, state of New Mexico, and beyond.

As the state’s flagship institution, UNM provides an education to approximately 25,000 enrolled students, more than 80 percent of whom are New Mexico residents. UNM is one of only a handful of Hispanic-Serving Institutions with a Carnegie Classification of Doctoral University – Very High Research Activity (R1). UNM also holds the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. UNM aspires to be a model for how a university can fulfill its missions of academic excellence, research, service, patient care, student success, and access given the changing demographics of the United States. The institution plays a critical role in educating New Mexico’s residents and driving its economy. UNM’s impact is delivered through research excellence and education in a variety of disciplines, a vibrant health sciences enterprise, branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia, technology incubators, and two medical centers. UNM is a place where cutting-edge research and creative endeavors flourish. Its research generates new knowledge, injects billions of dollars into New Mexico’s economy, funds advances in healthcare, and provides students with intellectual challenges as well as valuable hands-on training in state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, courtrooms, and studios. About 58% of UNM alumni remain in the state and provide valuable contributions to the State’s intellectual life, economy, cultural community, legal and educational systems, healthcare industry and every aspect of life in New Mexico.

The Dean will have an exceptional opportunity to continue to lead, advance, and grow a thriving research university by leveraging its many strengths, including its strong sense of pride and community, and raise its profile as a leader in engineering education. In this role, the new Dean will address the following opportunities and challenges, including:

  • Build and execute a strategic vision in alignment with the new UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined strategic plan, to foster a collaborative community within the School and wider UNM community;
  • Partner with school and university academic and service units to foster inclusiveness, reduce equity gaps, and advance student success initiatives;
  • Recruit and retain exceptional and highly dedicated faculty and staff; 
  • Generate and expand resources to achieve the School’s high aspirations; 
  • Strengthen and expand global, national, regional, and local partnerships to increase visibility and impact. 

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted below. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Julie Filizetti is leading this search with Joe Kralick, Belén Gutiérrez, and Cara Meyers.


UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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