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Dean, School of Technology

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Full consideration will be given to those that apply by December 1, 2017. The intended start date for the Dean of the School of Technology will be July 2018.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Dean, School of Technology
Department School of Technology
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Academic & Executive Administrator
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate TBD
Shift 1st
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Provost & VP of Academic Affairs
Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The dean of the School of Technology is the chief academic and administrative officer in the School of Technology (SOT). The dean reports directly to the Provost and works with other administrators (vice presidents, deans, directors, and department chairs) as well as faculty, staff, and students to promote excellence in teaching, research, and service. The dean provides leadership in shaping the SOT’s vision of its role in providing excellent undergraduate and graduate education and applied knowledge within the University, the state of Michigan, higher education, and society. The dean is responsible for fostering successful collaborations among personnel within the SOT, other areas of the University, and external constituencies.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Actively support the goals of the University’s strategic plan.
2. Lead the SOT in developing long-range strategic plans and short-term action plans.
3. Responsible for planning, decision-making, and resource allocation within the SOT.
4. Promote and obtain resources to support continual growth and improvement of personnel, programs, and infrastructure within the SOT and University.
5. Actively engage and develop relationships with key external constituents, including alumni, government, industry, and foundations to support SOT and University initiatives.
6. Actively engage in fundraising and other advancement activities in order to obtain resources that support the continual growth and improvement of students, faculty, staff, programs, and infrastructure of the School and the University.
7. Directly supervise SOT faculty and staff members.
8. Make recommendations to the provost and president regarding hiring, tenure, and promotion for tenured and tenure-track faculty within the SOT.
9. Make recommendations to the provost and president regarding appointments and renewals of non-tenure-track faculty and academic administrators within the SOT.
10. Maintain safe learning and working environments.
11. Ensure the SOT maintains an inclusive, welcoming, and equitable environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
12. Embrace entrepreneurship and innovation in support of growth and continual improvement of the SOT.
13. Support and provide leadership for initiatives associated with accreditation of programs within the SOT and University.
14. As appropriate, optimize administrative structures within the SOT and/or in partnership with other academic units in order to promote growth in alignment with emerging and/or priority areas.
15. Grow and maintain the graduate programs in SOT.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
• Administrative supervision is exercised over professional and clerical staff.
• Administrative and functional supervision of faculty members.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Earned PhD (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years of industrial experience in a discipline represented in SOT or in a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated achievement of 5 years progressive managerial and supervisory experience.
• Demonstrated achievements promoting a culture of safety as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.
• Demonstrated achievements developing and/or maintaining an inclusive, welcoming, and equitable environment.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Demonstrated achievements in teaching, and in managing and leading professionals working in a scholarly environment.
• 10 years industrial experience.
• Administrative experience at the level of department chair (or equivalent), or above, in a research-oriented organization.
• Record of independent and collaborative scholarship and research consistent with that expected for a Professor in the SOT.
• Demonstrated achievements fostering interdisciplinary activities.
• Demonstrated achievements leading or contributing to entrepreneurial activities.
• Demonstrated achievements generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Ability to articulate an educational philosophy that focuses on commitment to students’ success.
• Ability to articulate a clear vision for the future of education and scholarship in SOT that aligns with the University’s Portrait 2045.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills.
• Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to generate resources and manage budgets.
• Demonstrated success in building partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated commitment to the philosophies of continuous improvement and accreditation.
• Experience with, and commitment to, shared governance.
• Demonstrated experience in working with diverse disciplines within an academic unit(s).
• Commitment to the individuals who make up the School of Technology.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.
Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Required Departmental Training:
• Safety training modules and training specific to this position.
• This position will be required to complete all safety training modules that are assigned to any employee they supervise.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17283
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 09/06/2017
External Posting Date 09/06/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Full consideration will be given to those that apply by December 1, 2017.

The intended start date for the Dean of the School of Technology will be July 2018.

Additional Information



Accept References No
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Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of vision for the future of education and scholarship in the School of Technology that aligns with the University's Portrait 2045
  4. Contact information for three (3) professional references (referees will not be contacted with out written permission of applicant)
Optional Documents