Dean, College of Engineering

Dean, College of Engineering

Iowa State University, one of the nation’s leading land-grant institutions, is seeking a dean for its nationally recognized College of Engineering.

The college is a keystone of the university’s goal to enhance its international prominence in science and technology education and research.

More than 275 faculty and 250 staff members in the college serve over 8,200 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, making it one of the largest colleges of engineering in the country. Its 43,000 living alumni are global leaders in the engineering, scientific, and academic professions and in business, government, and industry. To learn more about the college, visit

Iowa State University is a student-centered public research university and one of the select members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Its 35,000 students from all 50 states and 127 countries experience unlimited academic and social opportunities in a comfortable, friendly, and supportive campus environment. The Ames, Iowa, community is ranked among the top small cities in America for its exceptional quality of life; see

The dean, nationally recognized within the engineering community, is responsible for advancing excellence by establishing a vision for the college, leading the development of strategies and action plans to achieve that vision, and generating internal and external support. The dean also is expected to be a leader in attracting and retaining excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and students and to build collaborative, long-term, strategic relationships with leaders in the business, engineering, and academic communities, as well as with faculty, staff, students, and other academic units within the university. The selected candidate will hold the James and Katherine Melsa Professorship in Engineering.

Candidates must have a doctoral or equivalent appropriate advanced degree and demonstrated credentials to be tenurable at the rank of full professor in a department of the College of Engineering; significant leadership experience in education, industry, or government; a commitment to excellence in engineering research and education; a proven commitment to achieving and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment where all members feel empowered to collaborate and contribute to the advancement of shared goals; outstanding communication and consensus-building skills; the ability to develop and sustain collegial, inclusive and productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies and funding sources; an understanding of emerging trends and initiatives in engineering education, research, and practice; and an appreciation for multidisciplinary collaboration. Licensure as a professional engineer; experience with engineering practice in the private or public sector; and enthusiasm for professionalism, economic development, program advancement, and fund raising are desired.

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Iowa State University.  To apply, the following materials should be provided: (1) a cover letter encompassing relevant experience addressing the attributes noted above, qualifications, vision for the position, and leadership philosophy; (2) an abbreviated functional resume that highlight the candidate’s most relevant skills and abilities (3 pages or less); (3) a curriculum vitae; and (4) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, it is preferred that applications be submitted by January 1, 2019.

Nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search firm:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner


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