Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering - University of Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth Minnesota

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University of Minnesota-Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota 55812

United States

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Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, the city of Duluth is a springboard to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”  We are perfectly positioned to offer an enticing selection of adventures for four season outdoor enthusiasts including the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area less than two hours to the north of Duluth.  In addition, Duluth offers a rich variety of cultural opportunities including a symphony orchestra, theater, ballet, and numerous museums, lecture series, and festivals.  The major metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul is less than three hours south of Duluth.  UMD is a midsized, comprehensive land grant university with a small-campus feel and large-campus opportunities.  We offer baccalaureate, masters, and selected doctoral degrees across a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.  (  As the second largest research university in the state, we are dedicated to integrating liberal education, research, creative activity, and public engagement to prepare students to thrive as lifelong learners and globally engaged citizens and have recently developed a strategic plan ( to achieve our goals.

The Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) is the third largest college in the University of Minnesota system, and has experienced steady enrollment growth reflecting student interest in science and engineering fields and offers curricula that educates students for current and emerging jobs.  The record of publication and sponsored projects awards demonstrate a successful active research faculty.  The College consists of eleven academic departments: Aerospace Studies, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Physics, and five centers and institutes focusing on BioTranslational Research, Great Lakes Maritime Research, Herbarium, Large Lakes, Planetarium, and Northland Advanced Transportation System Research.  Many faculty members have collaborative research programs with scientists at the Natural Resources Research Institute.  The College enrolled 3010 undergraduate and 214 graduate students in the fall 2012 semester.  In the fall of 2012, the unionized faculty included 112 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 51 term faculty, and 61 bargaining unit, civil service, and professional staff.  Additional information about the College and its programs can be found at the SCSE website at:

The Dean of SCSE will have the unique opportunity to lead the college with multidisciplinary units, diverse faculty, staff, and students in a variety of collaborating opportunities with a wealth of regional industry.  The Dean is responsible for academic leadership of the College including the administration of ongoing academic, research and public outreach programs; budgetary and personnel management; program development and assessment; promotion and maintenance of productive relations with UMD administrators as well as UM administrative units, external advisory boards, and  local and regional communities; development of fund-raising strategies, and leadership in creating an inclusive campus environment for students, faculty and staff.  The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on the Duluth campus.

The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished administrative leadership, teaching, and scholarship appropriate for a senior faculty appointment within an academic department in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.  The Dean will be committed to creating a vibrant academic and intellectual climate in the College exercising creative and consultative leadership and working effectively with a multidisciplinary faculty, staff, student body, and other units of the University.  The successful candidate will also have a proven record of developing external and internal relations, a successful record of fund-raising, and a demonstrated ability of advancing diversity and inclusion.

Required qualifications: an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university in a field within the Swenson College of Science and Engineering or closely related field: a minimum of three years of administrative experience as a department head or equivalent; a record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of Professor in one of the departments within the College;  a record of administrative leadership and personnel and budgetary management; effective written communication skills; a record of developing external relations with public and private sectors; a record of development and fund raising; and a record of commitment to enhancing and maintaining diversity.

Preferred qualifications: a minimum of three years of academic administrative experience above the level of department head; a record of supportive advocacy, and creative, consultative leadership; a record of administrative support of creative learning, teaching, advising, research, and service; a record of promoting and increasing diversity; demonstrated leadership in curriculum and program development; demonstrated record of effective problem solving; a record of working effectively with a unionized faculty and staff; and excellent oral communication skills.

Applicants must apply online via the employment system at:  A complete application must be submitted online and include (1) a letter of application expressing interest, availability, experience and strengths as they relate to the position description and qualifications; (2) a current curriculum vita; (3)  a statement of administrative philosophy (Additional Document 1); (4) a personal statement detailing the applicant’s affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity accomplishments and philosophy (Additional Document 2) and (5) the name, address, phone number and email address of four references.  References will be contacted for finalists whose credentials and accomplishments match well with the mission and needs of SCSE and the UMD Strategic Plan.  Applicants will be notified prior to contacting references.

The successful applicant must submit an official transcript of highest degree received and will be subject to a background check.  The salary is competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience.  Individuals from underrepresented groups and US Military veterans are encouraged to apply.

The search committee will begin review of completed applications September 16, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date is June 16, 2014.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the University of Minnesota Disability Specialist at 612-626-1333.  For additional information, contact the Co-Chairs of the Search Committee: Bilin Tsai (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) by email at or by phone at 218-726-7220 or Richard Davis (Department of Chemical Engineering) by email at or by phone at 218-726-6162.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: At least 3 years
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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