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Invitation for Applications for:

Dean

College of Health, Arts, and Sciences

THE POSITION

It is an exciting time for the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), and we are seeking a bold and dynamic Dean to lead the College of Health, Arts, and Sciences (HAS). The Dean will join the academic leadership team to enact a strategic vision for growth and development of the college.

Oregon Tech is consistently ranked within the top ten western US public regional universities by US News & World Report, and in 2024 ranked second in the nation in Top Public Schools. Oregon Tech offers innovative and rigorous degrees, both on-campus and online, at the undergraduate and graduate levels and a rapidly growing applied research portfolio through its two colleges: the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management; and the College of Health, Arts, and Sciences.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Health, Arts and Sciences provides entrepreneurial and engaged leadership in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and other key internal and external stakeholders. It is expected the Dean will elevate the level of excellence of Oregon Tech’s renowned high quality, hands-on, profession-oriented education, nurturing our students to be career-ready professionals. The Dean will be responsible for oversight of academic departments, faculty, curriculum, development, and fundraising. This position will also champion the continued advancement of applied research, innovation, and partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders. Currently the AIRE Center (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment) sits in this college as an example of applied interdisciplinary research. The new Dean will be responsible for growing and fostering these types of initiatives.

The Dean oversees the College’s nine academic departments: Communication, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Humanities and Social Sciences, Math, Medical Imaging Technology, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Sciences, and Natural Sciences, on the Klamath Falls, Portland- Metro, and Salem campuses. These departments provide teaching (both in person and online), learning, and scholarship in the areas of health sciences, humanities, social sciences, communication, mathematics, environmental science, biology, and pre-professional programs. This college also houses most of the departments responsible for general education. The college is home to the first doctoral program at Oregon Tech (Doctorate in Physical Therapy), several master’s degrees (Applied Behavioral Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, Natural Resources, and Biomedical Science), and strong undergraduate programs, along with the Behavior Improvement Group Applied Behavioral Analysis (BIG ABA) Clinic, the Dental Clinic, and the Population Health Management Research Center (PHMRC). The College of HAS also offers several joint health programs with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) including programs within the EMS department, MLS department, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The College of HAS is home to nearly 1500 students, with room for significant growth. While the majority of the College’s programs are based at the Klamath Falls campus, the Dean travels to the other campuses and locations regularly.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administers budget and resource allocation and management for the college.
  • Provides the overall guidance and direction to support the development, implementation, and enforcement of plans, policies, procedures, systems, programs, and performance standards.
  • Establishes and directs the execution of strategic plans for the college and leads fundraising activities for the college.
  • Develops collaborations between departments, colleges, and external constituencies, including industry, health professionals, and other institutions.
  • Represents and strongly advocates for the HAS faculty to university leadership to accomplish shared and collaborative university outcomes and objectives.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates must have an earned terminal degree and progressive administrative experience in higher education. Academic experience that merits tenure within a HAS department at the rank of full professor is required. In addition, it is preferred that the Dean has:

  • A proven record of successful academic leadership working effectively with students, faculty, administrators, and staff in an environment of shared governance.
  • Broad knowledge of health professions, arts, and sciences and awareness of the future directions of these fields.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the arts and sciences and the role of general education.
  • Appreciation for and experience in the diverse complexities of individual programmatic accreditation and ability to support programs in meeting those requirements.
  • Proven experience in program development and personnel management.
  • Experience and ability to create, grow, and sustain programs across the disciplines represented within the College.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote excellence in teaching and academic quality across campuses and through a variety of delivery methods.
  • A track record of creating and executing strategic plans to accomplish specific goals, with particular success in surpassing fundraising targets and campaign objectives.
  • Skills in realizing innovative results by leveraging the College’s faculty, staff, and other academic assets.
  • Success in forming and strengthening collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents that would support the Oregon Tech Foundation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting student and graduate success.
  • Experience inspiring faculty professional development in scholarship, applied and basic research, mentoring, and participation in externally sponsored activities.
  • Proven strategies to recruit and retain high-quality students, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience developing processes for mentoring and support of faculty with publishing goals.
  • A commitment to academic and professional excellence in both traditional and online learning environments.
  • Excellent budgeting, planning, and fiscal management skills to achieve enrollment targets and revenue goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and success in enhancing diversity among faculty, staff, and students.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Oregon Tech celebrates and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural engagement. Oregon Tech is proud to be an affirmative action employer and equal opportunity workplace. We want applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self- identify, in our online application system. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Oregon Tech is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application or interview process, please reach out to the Office of Human Resources at (541) 885-1028 or email us at oithr@oit.edu.

ABOUT OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Founded in 1947, initially as a vocational rehabilitation school for World War II veterans, Oregon Tech has grown in size, scope, and service. Today, we’re accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and our student population totals nearly 5,000.

Officially designated by the State of Oregon as Oregon’s Polytechnic University, we specialize in engineering, technology, healthcare, business, communication, and applied sciences such as psychology and environmental science. Our university community and industry partners work hard to ensure students have the resources and training to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Oregon Tech’s real-world focus produces real results, too: Within six months of graduation, our students are either enrolled in graduate school or employed with median starting salaries of $60,000 per year.

Some of our students know what they want to pursue before they even step foot on campus. Others might have an inkling and find their path as they explore the options available at Oregon Tech. Either way, students’ experience at our university gives them the know-how to produce work that matters to them and the world. Put another way, we provide hands-on education for real-world achievement. That’s Oregon Tech’s distinct commitment.

Two traits that make Oregon Tech a special place include our strong focus on our students and the impressive quality of the students we attract.

Hands-on Education

Our individualized and applied approach to teaching, which blends theory and practice, is the main reason our graduates are so avidly recruited. Whether they study renewable energy engineering, software engineering, vascular technology, management, or dental hygiene, Oregon Tech students have unique opportunities to apply what they learn in lab-based classes, clinics, externships, and workplaces. This practical focus is reinforced in the classroom by instructors who come to Oregon Tech with relevant business, industry, or clinical experience.

Through our nearly 50 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs, the University offers a rigorous, experiential education that allows students to pursue their passions and professional opportunities in internships, externships, and field experiences.

Oregon Tech is committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, where everyone is welcomed, valued, and feels a sense of belonging.

OREGON TECH COMMUNITIES

Oregon Tech has multiple campuses and teaching sites that serve the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Klamath Falls Campus is the University’s original and largest campus. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains on Upper Klamath Lake, the 190-acre campus offers students a comprehensive residential experience and a full array of Oregon Tech’s signature degrees. Programs and student activities often engage in the beautiful environment around Klamath Falls, with outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, biking, water sports, and all that nature offers. Renewable energy produced on campus from solar and geothermal sources provides a unique, sustainable environment and a perfect complement to Oregon Tech’s renewable energy engineering, environmental science, and other related degree programs. Approximately 2,200 students are enrolled at the Klamath Falls residential campus, and the majority of Oregon Tech’s faculty and staff work on this campus.

Portland-Metro Campus is Oregon Tech’s urban campus and is located in Wilsonville, about 15 miles south of downtown Portland. In the heart of the Silicon Forest industry cluster, with about 700 students, the Portland-Metro campus is designed to be a commuter campus. High-demand bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, technology, and health care accessible to full- and part-time students. These programs are especially convenient for community college transfer students, working professionals, and busy adults through day, evening, weekend, and online courses.

Online Campus enables around 700 students to earn a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree without leaving their home or office. The Online campus offers 17-degree completion and complete degree programs. Online student credit hours have grown by 130% during the last decade.

Seattle Site offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs, in mechanical and manufacturing engineering to Boeing employees at their Seattle area manufacturing facilities.

Salem Site at Chemeketa Community College (Salem, OR) is a teaching site for Oregon Tech’s bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through a unique dual enrollment partnership between Oregon Tech and Chemeketa Community College.

Scappoose Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Development (OMIC R&D) is 21 miles northeast of Portland. OMIC R&D is a multi-national industry R&D enterprise with 38 industry members and three university research members including Oregon Tech, and Oregon Tech is proud to serve as its host university. This site provides an excellent opportunity for our students to work as interns, and alongside industry professionals and faculty researchers, on real-world manufacturing problem sets provided by industry members.

OREGON TECH MISSION

Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), Oregon’s public polytechnic university, offers innovative, professionally focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the areas of engineering, health, business, technology, and applied arts and sciences. To foster student and graduate success, the university provides a hands-on, project-based learning environment and emphasizes innovation, scholarship, and applied research. With a commitment to diversity and leadership development, Oregon Tech offers statewide educational opportunities and technical expertise to meet current and emerging needs of Oregonians as well as other national and international constituents.

OREGON TECH VALUES

  • Student Success: Prioritizing student and graduate success in every decision or action at every level of the University.
  • Integrity: Adhering to the highest standards of ethical principles.
  • Respect: Demonstrating high regard for one another in interactions and treating others with dignity.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Welcoming and empowering individuals of differing backgrounds, identities, and life experiences.
  • Service: Contributing to the well-being of our University and external communities.
  • Accountability: Taking responsibility for our actions and demonstrating leadership.
  • Excellence: Embracing and celebrating the highest quality standards in teaching, research, and innovation.
  • Confidence: Exhibiting pride and conviction in our University, our talent, and our contributions to those around us.

OREGON TECH VISION

Oregon Tech will be a student-centered, world-class polytechnic university that inspires students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

APPLICATION & NOMINATION PROCESS

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Oregon Tech. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to September 9, 2024.

Jacob C. Anderson, Senior Principal
Julia Butler-Mayes, Ph.D., Executive Recruiting Coordinator
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
Tel: (678) 775-4564 || Fax: (770) 804-1917
janderson@parkersearch.com || jbutler-mayes@parkersearch.com

All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and candidates will remain confidential until the final stage of the search process; at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public.

BACKGROUND / PRE-EMPLOYMENT CHECK

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory background check, motor vehicle check, physical abilities check, and/or any other conditions of employment deemed appropriate per university policy.

Oregon Tech is committed to diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.