Dean, College of Science

Dean, College of Science

Rochester, New York




Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), one of the world’s largest private research universities renowned for creativity and technical innovation, seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Science (COS). Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and will support and develop world-class, cross-disciplinary research programs and centers of excellence and ensure all RIT students are afforded an innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential science and mathematics foundation.


RIT was founded in 1829 and today is a nationally ranked doctoral university that prepares students for success in a globally integrated society. Over the past 10 years, RIT has seen advancement in every key institutional metric. Applications have increased 70 percent. Enrollment has grown 20 percent to more than 19,000 students, with both student caliber and the diversity of the student population on the rise. Cooperative education, a pillar in the university’s educational philosophy, has thrived, both domestically and internationally, helping to demonstrate the value of an RIT education with a 95 percent post-graduation employment rate. Faculty have grown in number, diversity, and scholarly stature as RIT has increased its research productivity while remaining deeply student focused. Transforming RIT: The Campaign for Greatness, a $1 billion fundraising campaign that was publicly announced in July 2018, is focused on continuing to advance these hallmarks of the university.


The College of Science has one of the most complete portfolios of any RIT college: a campus leader in research and PhD education, a growing number of undergraduate majors, and a provider of major components of the general education curriculum and foundational courses in science and mathematics for all RIT students. This unique combination gives the College a critical role in achieving the University’s ambitious strategic goals as it continues to grow research, create new innovative programs, and provide students an educational experience that not only prepares them to succeed in their careers, but develops them into innovators who can effect powerfully positive change in the world.


The next Dean will amplify the College of Science’s reputation for high-quality education, world-class research and expertise, and innovative person-centered approaches to teaching and learning. The Dean will promote, support, and enhance a vigorous, diverse, inclusive, and rewarding academic environment that fosters faculty and staff professional growth, job satisfaction, impartiality, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all members of the College. The successful candidate will seek to develop partnerships and outreach programs with business, industry, government, the K-12 community, alumni, and other RIT academic units in support of the goals of the College and University and provide infrastructure that will enable excellence in science and mathematics education and research.




RIT has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as directed below.


Greg Esposito, Partner

Amy Gillespie, Associate

Isaacson, Miller


RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion in the workplace. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs, and activities. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at