Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies

The Florida A&M University (FAMU)—Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering is actively seeking a dynamic and visionary leader, characterized by ambition, collaboration, and strategic acumen, to assume the role of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (ADRGS). This pivotal position is geared towards propelling the college's research enterprise onto a new and dynamic upward trajectory. Beyond providing strategic guidance for the college's graduate research initiatives, the selected candidate will hold a distinguished reputation in their field of expertise, meriting appointment as a tenured full professor within the College.


The faculty and researchers at the joint FAMU-FSU College of Engineering benefit from the world-class ecosystem of labs and centers immediately surrounding our campus. Located just steps from the engineering building are the world-renowned labs around Innovation Park in Tallahassee. Our engineering research is carried out at the closely-associated and faculty-staff laboratories including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab), Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), Center for Intelligent, Systems, Control and Robotics (CISCOR), High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), Resilient Infrastructure & Disaster Response (RIDER) Center, Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) and the Florida Department of Transportation Structures Research Center.  The College is a leading academic institution with excellent records of achievement in education, research, and public service. It offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in chemical, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college has over 240 PhD students and research expenditures over $34.9 million.


The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Engineering and is a member of the college’s senior leadership team. In alignment with the newly developed 'Engineering our Future' Strategic Plan, the Associate Dean will drive efforts to realize the college's goal of ranking among the top 50 engineering schools in the next five years. They must provide vision and leadership for the College’s research and graduate program, emphasizing large-scale, multidisciplinary research and development. Furthermore, they should develop innovative strategies for graduate student enrollment, retention, and on-time graduation, while offering graduate student-focused support services.


Ideal candidates will have distinguished research accomplishments, commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor, and appropriate to the leadership of a faculty with a tradition of excellence in research, teaching, and service; demonstrated knowledge and ability to grow the quality and quantity of the College’s research as measured by funding, faculty publications in peer-reviewed journals and collaborative research partnerships and cross-disciplinary projects; experience with the navigation of complex organizational structures with multi-faceted strategies, and especially the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people; familiarity with pre- and post-award activity and the ability to oversee all tasks and responsibilities of the office to support research productivity; demonstrated ability to provide guidance to junior faculty members and graduate students as they seek to immerse themselves in the academic research environment, identify a research focus, and seek opportunities to build meaningful connections across the college; experience in catalyzing collaborations; financial acumen; entrepreneurial spirit, particularly in the translation and commercialization of technological discoveries and innovations; and accessibility and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has retained the services of Park Square Executive Search to assist in the search for the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Nominations, inquiries, and applications may be sent to:


Jonathan Fortescue, Managing Partner or

Caity McGuirk, Senior Associate

+1 617 401 2984

Applicants should submit a CV, a 1-3 page letter detailing their experience in fostering a multidisciplinary research enterprise and their vision for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and the contact information for four references. Please note: reference letters are not required at this stage. We will request them later in the process and will coordinate with the candidate before doing so. Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, review of candidate materials will begin immediately.

In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all applications and other materials will be public records.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires the successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with FSU Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.


Florida A&M University/Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.  FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: