Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing

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Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is seeking an accomplished scholar, visionary leader, and proven academic administrator to lead the College of Engineering and Computing.

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is seeking a bold and visionary leader of the College of Engineering and Computing. Engineering and computing are at the core of Missouri S&T’s mission as a STEM-focused university, and the dean is therefore expected not only to lead the college but also to collaborate with other members of the senior leadership team in all matters of academic strategy and shared operations.

This is an exciting time in Missouri S&T’s history, with fresh leadership, a focused vision, and the transformational opportunities afforded by several significant philanthropic gifts. The dean will join the university’s leadership team of Chancellor Mo Dehgani, Provost Colin Potts, Vice Chancellor for Research Kamal Khayat, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations, Alysha O’Neil, and the new deans of Missouri S&T’s other two colleges: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, and the Kummer College of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development. All are working toward four “north star” goals: to increase enrollment significantly, especially in graduate education; promote student success, thriving, and retention; broaden the research base, and achieve Carnegie R1 status; and elevate Missouri S&T’s national and international stature and reputation. Several significant endowed positions are being filled in all three colleges, enabled among other gifts by a transformational donation of $300 million by Fred and June Kummer.

Missouri University of Science and Technology is one of the nation’s top technological research universities and one of four distinct universities of the University of Missouri System.  The University offers quality educational opportunities, with 101 different degree programs in 40 areas of study in engineering, science, computing and technology, business, social sciences, humanities, and education. Together, the colleges are home to almost 400 full-time faculty, in addition to part-time faculty. Missouri S&T has a total student enrollment of 7,271 for Fall 2021 with graduate student enrollment of approximately 1,545. Missouri S&T is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university with high research activity, and at the close of FY2021, research expenditures at S&T were $53,315,090. Approximately two-thirds of funding comes from federal sources and the remaining one-third of funding comes from industry/private partnerships.

The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) is the largest college at Missouri S&T. It is comprised of nine departments and offers 16 undergraduate degree programs and 14 minors -  one of the widest arrays of engineering programs offered in the U.S. The CEC offers Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, geological engineering, geology and geophysics, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, mining engineering, nuclear engineering, and petroleum engineering. All engineering programs and computer science are ABET accredited. In addition, students may specialize in one of more than 60 emphasis areas within these degree programs. At the graduate level, CEC is home to 18 master’s degree and PhD programs. PhDs are offered in all departments, with some departments offering multiple PhD programs.

Total CEC student enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year, including enrollment in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, which will be one of the founding departments of the Kummer College, is 5,931. Undergraduates represent 4,723 of this total, with 749 master’s and graduate certificate students and 459 doctoral students. Students are taught and supported by 223 faculty and 40 staff members. Faculty in the college have been the recipients of many national and international awards recognizing their excellence in teaching, research, and impact in their fields. 

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Dean of Engineering and Computing provides academic, budgetary, and administrative leadership for CEC.   The dean is responsible for advancing excellence in teaching, research, engagement, and development in the College.  The dean is involved in developing strategies for increasing interdisciplinary research, building partnerships, and promoting outreach efforts that increase the support for the college.  The dean attracts and works to retain excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and students and builds collaborative, long-term, strategic relationships with leaders in the business, engineering, and academic communities, as well as with other academic leaders within the university.  The dean should have unwavering integrity and character, and exhibit decision-making rooted in transparency, collaboration, and empowerment.  

Candidates must have a doctoral degree and demonstrated credentials to be tenurable at the rank of full professor in a department of the College of Engineering and Computing; significant leadership experience; a proven commitment to achieving and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment where all members feel empowered to collaborate and contribute to the advancement of shared goals; outstanding communication and consensus-building skills; the ability to develop and sustain collegial, inclusive and productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies; an understanding of emerging trends and initiatives in engineering education, research, and practice; and an appreciation for multidisciplinary collaboration.

Application materials should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experience matches the position description, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement explaining how their previous and potential contributions enhance a culture of diversity and inclusion through administration, teaching, research, creative activity and/or service.

To receive the full position profile, as well as to submit applications and nominations, please contact the University’s executive recruitment consultants:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal

Buffkin/Baker

mstcecdean@buffkinbaker.com