Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

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Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas


Wichita State University (WSU), the premier urban, public research university in Kansas, seeks an engaging and forward-thinking leader to be the next Associate Dean for Research (ADR) in the College of Engineering. Founded in 1895, WSU has a keen focus on student success and applied learning, with a deep commitment to the Wichita community as a driver in talent development and economic prosperity. It is a growth-minded university where collaboration and creativity shape the future of education and research, with an entrepreneurial spirit embedded in its foundation. This is a transformative opportunity for an innovative, nimble, and collaborative leader to shape a strategic research agenda for an ambitious college at a university on an impressive trajectory toward Carnegie R1 status.


Reporting to the Dean of the College of Engineering, the ADR will help shape and execute a strategic vision that prioritizes the growth of the research ecosystem within the college. The ADR will champion a research culture inclusive of all disciplines and forms of scholarship while capitalizing on areas of strength and opportunity for direct community impact. The ADR will enhance research infrastructure, support faculty in securing funding, leverage existing external partnerships, creatively build new collaborations, and facilitate the dissemination of research outcomes. The ADR must be a collaborative leader and dynamic communicator able to converse and liaise with researchers across disciplines within the college, across the university, and with external stakeholders.


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