Dean, College of Engineering

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dean, College of Engineering

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites experienced and passionate academic leaders to apply for the role of Dean of the College of Engineering.

The University

Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, the university has offered a unique education steeped in experiential learning. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing philosophy. The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 28,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctoral program in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

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The College

The College of Engineering’s mission is to prepare students for industry and advanced studies by implementing an inclusive polytechnic philosophy through collaborative teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship and professional integrity. The College offers 12 ABET-accredited undergraduate degrees and 7 Master’s degrees to over 6,500 students across seven academic departments that include: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The College is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and currently ranks 5th among undergraduate engineering programs in non-doctorate-granting public institutions. Additionally, it houses more than 40 student clubs that offer hands-on learning opportunities and have been recognized at several national competitions.

The Position

The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as a member of the Provost's Council, and works closely with other university administrators across campus to advance the goals and priorities of the college and university. The Dean is the academic leader of the College and has direct responsibility for collaborating with and guiding all faculty. The Dean also supervises the College’s leadership team consisting of associate deans, department chairs, and staff. The Dean fosters an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, innovation, transparency, and fosters an appreciation for equity, diversity and inclusion. The Dean is expected to promote collaboration, team building and the active engagement of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. The Dean is responsible for managing the human and fiscal resources of the College and supporting the professional development of faculty and staff.

The Dean leads the college strategic planning, assessment, and reaccreditation efforts. This includes participating in meetings and providing leadership and direction to faculty and staff with regard to academic program quality, assessment, and student learning outcomes. The Dean provides guidance and oversight of faculty-led assessment efforts ensuring appropriate training and professional development opportunities that enhance faculty’s academic and professional qualifications and promotes professionalism and ensures inclusive shared-governance. The Dean is the primary spokesperson for the College on campus and in the community and serves as a chief advocate for the College and its faculty, staff, and students.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must possess:

  • An earned doctorate in engineering (preferred) or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • A record of distinguished research, teaching, and scholarly activity meriting appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the academic departments in the College.
  • Service as a faculty member at a school, college, or program of engineering within a comprehensive or research university, or equivalent industry experience.
  • A minimum of three years of academic administrative experience in progressively responsible positions in higher education or equivalent experience in industry.
  • A commitment to and tangible evidence of advancing diversity and inclusion as well as the ability to work with diverse populations.
  • A history of providing students with a high-quality educational experience and a clear record of accomplishment in student success.

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Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after January 21, 2022 and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. To apply, a candidate must submit 1) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; 2) a current CV/resume.

SP&A Executive Search is assisting Cal Poly Pomona in this search. To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications (PDF preferred) should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Emy Cruz, Partner

SP&A Executive Search

6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601


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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.