Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

DEAN OF THE SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE OF
ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is seeking a visionary, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SPCEET). This is an exciting opportunity for a distinguished scholar and accomplished academic leader. The Dean will guide the College forward at a time of tremendous opportunities and growth. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic officer for the College and is responsible for setting the strategic, operational, and financial directions for the College. The Dean is expected to take office on July 1, 2024.

As the second-largest engineering college in Georgia, the College serves close to 5,000 students, offering undergraduate and graduate engineering and engineering technology degrees. The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology has a history deep-rooted in innovation and education advancement.

SPCEET has four major research thrust areas including Intelligent Robotics Systems, Smart Infrastructure, Biomedical and Health Systems, and Innovative Materials. The college has seen a substantial growth in research in the past few years. Researchers have received a total of over $8.5M in external funding over the past five years. This represents a 50% increase in proposal submission and 200% increase in awards annually over the same five-year period.

The Dean provides leadership for the College in strategic planning, budgeting, fostering research, recruiting faculty and students and fundraising. The Dean will be expected to develop a vision and establish strategic priorities for SPCEET and to contribute to the overall advancement of KSU such as improving student retention and graduation, ensuring high-impact teaching, supporting research and scholarly activity, growing and enhancing partnerships with alumni, professional and community organizations, and contributing to the overall enhancement of institutional excellence.

The new Dean has the opportunity to imagine, create, and implement an ambitious vision for Engineering and Engineering Technology that will enhance the reach and reputation of the College. The Dean will support an interdisciplinary curriculum and leverage the history of the College to meet its mission and grow the College's visibility.

SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University provides high quality engineering education led by industry-expert faculty in the university's state-of­ the-art facilities. As the second-largest engineering college in Georgia, the College serves more than 5,000 students (up from 4500 students in 2018), offering seventeen graduate and undergraduate degrees plus certificates and minors in engineering and engineering technology. The College is supported by close to 150 faculty and staff.

History

SPCEET has a history deep-rooted in innovation and education advancement. After WWII, the need for technicians grew and in response, the president of Georgia Tech sought to establish a technical institute program in Georgia. In March 1948, those roots began as The Technical Institute. The first registration began with 116 students (all but 10 were WWII veterans) and a staff of 12. After just one year, The Technical Institute was renamed to Southern Technical Institute and was recognized as a college-level school by the US Department of Education.

By 1961, the college had outgrown its footprint in Chamblee, GA and moved to its current location of Marietta, GA. Southern Technical Institute became accredited as a four-year college in 1970 and was one of the first colleges in the nation to offer a BS in Engineering Technology. By the summer of 1980, The Southern Technical Institute achieved independence within the University System of Georgia (USG) by ending ties with Georgia Tech.

In 1996, the school once again renamed itself to Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) and on November 1, 2013, the Georgia Board of Regents made plans to consolidate SPSU with KSU leveraging both campuses and the program offerings to better reach and educate the next generation. On July 1, 2015, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was established as a college under KSU and named to honor the history of the former SPSU.

Departments

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has more than 775 students and eighteen full-time faculty members. The faculty are committed to growing a program that is nationally recognized for providing outstanding and hands-on education to aspiring civil and environmental engineers, as well as peer-reviewed research with relevance. Scholarship in the Department includes both industry- and government-funded research projects focused on the practical application of engineering principles.

For more information related to the department, please visit the website at: https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/civil-environmental/

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers two ABET-accredited bachelor’s degrees (Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering), a master’s degree in ECE, and the Interdisciplinary Engineering PhD degree; the combined enrollment in these degrees exceeds 1000 students. The department promotes student success with a hands-on curriculum that produces workforce-ready engineers. The department’s twenty full-time faculty include internationally recognized experts conducting government- and industry-funded research in intelligent systems, biomedical electronics, electronic materials and devices, advanced computing, and related fields. 

For more information, please visit the KSU ECE website at:

https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/electrical-computer/

Mechanical Engineering

With over 1744 undergraduate and fifty-one graduate students, the mechanical engineering department is the largest department in the College and plays a pivotal role in actively serving our community. The department is the home of twenty-five nationally renowned full-time faculty members with diverse research interests, including smart materials, bioengineering, nanotechnology, soft robots, nuclear energy, and aerodynamics. While focusing on the application of the principles of mechanics and energy to design new-age technology, mechanical engineering offers students a foundation to begin their careers in an ever-changing environment. The Mechanical Engineering department offers a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree, a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree, an Aerospace Engineering Minor, and a Nuclear Engineering Minor. More information can be found at https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/mechanical/.

Engineering Technology

The Engineering Technology Department consists of over 400 students and over 10 full-time faculty members in two programs (Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology) who are committed to student success and delivering a nationally recognized program. Scholarship in the Department spans both industry- and government-funded research projects focused on practical application of engineering principles. The faculty have expertise in areas that include manufacturing, CNC machining and fabrication, additive manufacturing, engineering materials, nondestructive testing, mechanism design, product development, prototyping, mechanical design of automated manufacturing systems, biomedical applications, engineering design graphics, as well as teaching and learning in engineering education. For more information related to the department, please visit the website at https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/engineering-technology/.

Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering

The Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering consists of 410 undergraduate and graduate students and nine full-time faculty members. The faculty are committed to growing a program that is nationally recognized for providing an outstanding education to aspiring engineers, as well as peer-reviewed research with relevance. Scholarship in the Department includes both industry- and government-funded research projects focused on the practical application of engineering principles. The faculty have expertise in areas including soft robotics, manufacturing & automation, machine design, UAV navigations and machine learning & intelligent systems, and best practices in engineering education.

More information can be found at:

https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/robotics-mechatronics/index.php

Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering consists of almost 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate students and 13 full-time faculty members. The Department has a mission to empower traditional and non-traditional students with the ability and vision to transform the future. The faculty are committed to growing a program which is nationally recognized for providing an outstanding education to aspiring engineers, as well as break-through research with relevance. Scholarship in the Department includes both industry- and government-funded research projects focused on the practical application of engineering principles for various areas including health systems, sustainable energy, manufacturing, analytics, human factors, and best practices in engineering education. More information can be found at https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/systems-industrial.

Facilities

Based at Kennesaw State's Marietta Campus, the College offers engineering students extraordinary learning opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities with laboratories in fluid mechanics, metrology, electromagnetic, automotive, biomedical, and computer-integrated manufacturing. Commercial-grade 3D printers and high-end robotic arms bring today's technology into the classrooms and laboratories and prepare graduates with the technical skills to enter the workforce ready.

The College supports close to 20,000 sq ft. in research labs and facilities. The new iSTEM building, which will break ground early next year will support additional research space modules that will include high bay, low bay areas, dry/wet labs, a cleanroom, a fabrication space, and a metal/wood shop.

LEADERSHIP AGENDA

Strategic Planning

The University is currently building a new strategic plan that will provide vision and direction. SPCEET faculty are excited about new ideas, partnerships and initiatives and the Dean will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to establish a forward-thinking and dynamic vision for the College. The Dean will be responsible for building metrics/benchmarks to assess the progress to achieve the objectives of the University's strategic plan. 

SPCEET has both engineering and engineering technology programs to educate and shape various types of engineers. This range of degree programs sets SPCEET apart from other engineering programs in the state. SPCEET has great potential for growth in both meeting current and future workforce needs and in advancing the understanding of disciplines through its research activities. Internally, the College is an important partner for establishing collaborations with the other colleges. KSU is making an impact in the region and allows the new Dean the ability to leverage University assets to grow the influence of SPCEET both regionally and nationally. 

Resource Development

Resource development is a crucial component of the Dean's portfolio. SPCEET has identified initiatives that need funding, including but not limited to, supporting graduate programs, enhancing infrastructure, providing professional development for faculty, and online education. The Dean will invest significant time and energy on external development and on creating/enhancing the culture of grant proposal development and submission to support this goal. The new Dean will need to create a strong collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research to increase research funding for the College. All KSU Deans are expected to identify and lead efforts to capitalize and grow non-tuition revenues.

In October, the University embarked on The Campaign for Kennesaw State, the most ambitious comprehensive fundraising campaign in KSU’s history. With a target goal of $200 million, The Campaign encompasses all eleven colleges, KSU Athletics, Research and University Initiatives, and Student Affairs.

The SPCEET goal for the campaign is $23MM and we are presently more than halfway to this goal. With enthusiasm and expertise, our next engineering dean will help lead us to achieve our goal by 2027 in partnership with the assigned SPCEET development officer.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

Role Responsibilities

The Dean will play a leading role in propelling the College to become a prominent, nationally recognized, and world-class institution and will advance research, scholarly and creative activity within the College that are consistent with institutional initiatives.

  • Shape and promote the mission of the College;
  • Encourage and nurture collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships within SPCEET, the other colleges within KSU, and with other institutions and community partners;
  • Cultivate and support significant growth in the research mission of the College and grow funded research by the strategic allocation of resources;
  • Enhance student retention, progression, and graduation success;
  • Lead in building relationships with donors, alumni and other constituencies;
  • Serve and represent the College to all its constituents, including government agencies, with an understanding of the key challenges and issues regarding funding of public higher education.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary challenges in higher education; a passion for exploring new possibilities; and a successful record of accomplishment of advancing programs to new levels of excellence. The Dean will lead the expansion of cutting-edge interdisciplinary teaching and research and will foster collaboration with KSU's deans, faculty, and research partners.

Required Qualifications

  • Possess a terminal degree in engineering, engineering technology, or related discipline with a record of distinguished research, teaching and professional accomplishments commensurate with the rank of tenured full professor in an academic unit within College;
  • A proven record of institutional leadership and demonstrated skills in strategic planning and implementation, fiscal management and data-informed decision making in a large organization;
  • A record of contribution to the fields of engineering and/or engineering technology evidenced in publications, and securing and managing federal funded grants;
  • A commitment to supporting innovation and interdisciplinary growth is essential, as is a record of valuing instructional excellence at all levels and supporting faculty and student research;
  • Prior experience with public and private fundraising;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • An ability to effectively work within and outside the College and University, especially the ability to successfully connect with potential donors and build partnerships with community leaders;
  • Significant experience in developing policies and infrastructure to support research growth and implement strategies that results in college-wide increase in research funding and scholarly products;
  • Knowledge of the primary fields and current trends in engineering and engineering technology;
  • An understanding of the challenges and key issues confronting undergraduate and graduate education today with experience in implementing strategies that enhance students success;
  • A record of excellence in problem solving, management, building consensus, political savvy, decision making and establishing synergistic partnerships;
  • An ability to grow and expand the master’s and Ph.D program;
  • Experience in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty;
  • Experience with the ABET accreditation process;
  • Experience supporting the success of large and diverse departments;
  • Commitment shared governance and the ability to be effective in a decision-making model that involves faculty, staff, students, and administrators in shaping policies and procedures.

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION AND APPLICATION

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, and list of five references or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until final candidates for the appointment are identified. It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 26, 2024.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Senior Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875 Atlanta, GA 30328
770‐804‐1996 ext. 111
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com

For more information about Kennesaw State University, please visit https://www.kennesaw.edu/

For the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, please visit https://engineering.kennesaw.edu/

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