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Dean, College of Engineering
California Polytechnic State University in the San Luis Obispo, California
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Date Posted October 10, 2017
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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Administrator IV  

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Administrator IV  

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Dean, College of Engineering  

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CENG-College of Engineering (112500)  

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CENG-College of Engineering 

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Salary is commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. Cal Poly offers excellent fringe benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System and educational benefits for eligible employees. All rights associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees.  

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Position Description

THE POSITION: As the principal academic leader of the College, the Dean provides support for the faculty, staff and students by creating a positive environment and strong sense of community. Teaching, learning, scholarship, research and professional engagement, and service to the University and community are important priorities of the College and will be an important focus of the Dean. The Dean must have a genuine commitment to student success. The Dean is responsible for the quality of academic programs and for managing the fiscal, human and physical resources of the College. The College has a long-standing commitment to Learn by Doing and the dean is expected to seek funding to support student scholarships, faculty professional development, summer and academic year research programs and new undergraduate project-based learning facilities. The Dean will build partnerships with alumni, industry and the community, and seek supplemental financial support for both new and existing programs. The successful applicant must be prepared to demonstrate the leadership ability necessary to continue to distinguish the College of Engineering as a premier "Learn by Doing" college that is keeping pace with the ever-changing practice of engineering and is reflective of the comprehensive polytechnic character of the University. The Dean participates in the development of University-wide policy as a member of the Academic Deans' Council and the President's Strategic Leadership Team. The Dean works collaboratively and collegially with college deans and university leadership to develop and implement initiatives in support of the University's mission. The Dean is appointed by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the President of the University.  

Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only)


Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills


  • significant academic and administrative experience, an earned doctorate in an engineering related discipline, and credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor within the College of Engineering; 

  • a demonstrated capacity for academic leadership and team building; 

  • capable of leading, supporting, and supervising a diverse faculty and staff by facilitating a collegial culture; 

  • capable of fostering collaborative relationships and activities to cross disciplines and colleges; 

  • evidence of a strong commitment to excellent teaching and scholarship; 

  • commitment to supporting the use of technology to enhance student learning; 

  • capability to expand alliances with the private sector; 

  • experience in the strategic planning process; 

  • strong experience and a commitment to engage the College in a comprehensive program of advancement activities; 

  • ability to work effectively with and enhance a diverse campus community and strong commitment to support inclusive excellence throughout the University and community; 

  • a demonstrated ability and a strong personal commitment to student welfare and success, "Learn by Doing," excellence through continuous improvement and the comprehensive polytechnic university principles at Cal Poly.  

Preferred Qualifications / Skills


Special Conditions (Staff)

Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business. 

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. 

This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

Must be able to pass a pre-employment fingerprint and background check. 

All rights associated with the appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan adopted by the CSU Board of Trustees.  

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Benefits Eligible

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How to Apply

REVIEW, APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS: The search committee will review nominations and applications until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 30, 2017. The anticipated starting date for the position is August 1, 2017. To apply, visit www.calpolyjobs.org to complete the required online Cal Poly Management Employment Application. Completed applications must be submitted to Requisition Number 104349. In addition, each applicant must provide as separate attachments to the online application the following documents: (1) cover letter; (2) detailed curriculum vitae or resume; and (3) personal statement of the applicant's view on academic administration and the role and responsibilities of engineering faculty. Nominations and inquiries should be made to Brett Barbour, Consultant, Isaacson Miller via the weblink www.imsearch.com/6161 or phone (415) 655-4952. 

Contact Academic Personnel: 
E-mail: academic-personnel@calpoly.edu 
Phone: (805) 756-2844 
Cal Poly Website: www.calpoly.edu 

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. 

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  

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THE COLLEGE: Highly selective and known especially for its hands-on focus and graduates who contribute immediately in the workplace, Cal Poly Engineering enjoys an excellent national reputation. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the college as one of the top four public-master's engineering schools every year since 2000. The College is the largest of Cal Poly's six colleges with eight academic departments and one academic program that offers 13 Bachelor of Science degrees, nine Masters of Science degrees, and six blended/joint bachelor and master's degree programs. The College employs approximately 50 staff and 230 tenured/tenure-track faculty and part-time lecturers. The College currently educates over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students and admission is extremely competitive. The College manages and administers a complex set of revenue and funding sources including: State General Funds of approximately $24 million, Academic Fees of $8 million, Endowments over $44 million, University Campus Programs funds over $8 million and Cal Poly Corporation funding of over $2 million. The College has been successfully growing its philanthropic activities; yielding $15 million in gifts and pledges in FY 16. The College's areas of distinction include: assistive technologies, autonomous flight, Cubesat, cybersecurity, fire protection engineering, HVAC, human motion biomechanics, innovation and entrepreneurship, multicultural engineering programs, regenerative medicine, and women in engineering. 

Campus facilities include more than 80 state-of-the-art laboratories and eight buildings, providing students access to advanced technological systems. Students also participate in real-world engineering problem solving through internships, class projects and the senior project capstone design experience, and by participating in design competitions. Cal Poly teams have recently won national championships in the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, AIAA Aircraft Design competition and the Society of Women Engineers Team Tech. The school's project-based learning emphasis helps ensure that graduates are accustomed to working in diverse, goal-oriented teams. The mission statement for the college is: "To provide an excellent Learn by Doing education and graduate in-demand, Day One ready professionals."  

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