Dean and Professor

Dean and Professor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Wright State University
Dayton, OH

Inspired by the Wright brothers but designed for the world, the groundwork for Wright State University was laid over 50 years ago when Dayton emerged as a technology center and demonstrated a critical need for an increasingly educated work force and research enterprise. In 1967, with 5,704 students, Wright State achieved its status as an accredited independent university. Today, it serves over 11,000 students and offers more than 315 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through five colleges and two schools. Wright State meets students where they are and supports them on their journey to success. The university is nationally recognized for the unprecedented support it gives to students with disabilities, as well as to veteran and military-connected students. At Wright State, first-generation college students, high school valedictorians, and adult learners alike all find the support they need to achieve their dreams.

With a mission to educate an enterprising community of leaders who seek to improve the human condition by bringing discovery and innovation to the world, the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CESC) offers a wide variety of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The CECS also offers unique opportunities for collaborative research with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and its research facilities, Reynolds and Reynolds, Leidos, Ball Aerospace, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Science Foundation and other institutions.

In addition, Wright State includes one regional campus, the Lake Campus, in Celina, Ohio, approximately 75 miles north of the Dayton campus. The Wright State alumni community is more than 117,000 strong. Located in the city of Fairborn in Greene County, Ohio, Wright State is conveniently situated adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and is less than 10 miles from downtown Dayton. The Dayton metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1 million people and, together with the Cincinnati and Columbus metropolitan areas, makes up a region of over 5 million people offering many arts, entertainment, and recreational activities in southwestern Ohio.

Job Purpose:

The Dean of the College of Computer Science and Engineering will be responsible for leading the college in the pursuit of its mission, for building successful collaborative relationships with external constituents, and within the college and the university, and for articulating to students, faculty, and the larger community a vision for the role and purpose of the computer science and engineering in contemporary higher education. The Dean must have a clear vision, a history of working successfully with external constituents, a record of successful support of student organizations, and the determination to provide academic and administrative leadership that will enhance the college's ongoing programs and resources, new program initiatives, and relationships with the community, industry, and other units of the university. The Dean will lead the college and its academic units to meet the challenges of a changing environment for the computer science and engineering in the region and the nation. The Dean ultimately is responsible for programmatic leadership, financial oversight, planning and development, personnel administration, and community outreach. The Dean reports to the provost and serves as a member of the Council of Deans. The Dean is the chief administrative officer of CECS and works with other deans and academic officers to formulate and implement university policy. The Dean supervises departmental chairs, program and center directors, faculty, and senior CECS staff in developing and implementing college goals and policy. Among the dean's specific responsibilities are strategic planning, program development. faculty/staff/student development, fund raising, grant procurement, resource allocation and budget management, research and scholarly promotion, enrollment management, collegiate partnership initiatives, professional service, and relations with external constituencies.


  • The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree and demonstrate a strong record of research, as well as success and commitment to work with diverse populations. 
  • A record of excellence in teaching and scholarly research sufficient to hold the rank of Professor in a department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • At least three years of relevant administrative experience including budget and personnel oversight


  • Demonstrated involvement with the regional engineering/computer science community
  • Demonstrated success in the generation of funded research and other relevant scholarship
  • Evidence of support and experience with evolving and improving curriculum in general education, engineering and computer science education
  • Demonstrated ability to garner resources, such as grants and gifts from public and private entities and individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to foster recruitment and retention
  • A commitment to increasing the diversity of faculty, staff and students in the college
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including the abilities to listen, to persuade, and affirm others
  • Personal characteristics that include openness, energy, intellect, dignity, integrity, optimism, and vision

 All candidates must include a Diversity and Inclusion statement with their materials:

Please explain how your values and experiences are reflected in your teaching and/or research and/or service or mentorship practice(s) so as to contribute to a culture of equity, inclusion and campus diversity at Wright State University. Please provide an example of a time when you altered or changed your approach to research, teaching, or service because of the diversity of the group you were working with.

To apply, go to by October 21, 2022 for first consideration. Wright State University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is committed to an inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.