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The University of Mississippi
Posted: 03/6/2018
Dean, School of Engineering

The University of Mississippi invites nominations and applications for the appointment of Dean of the School of Engineering. The University seeks a proven leader with a strong commitment to, and understanding of, the educational mission of the University, with high standards in research, teaching, and service. The Dean serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the School both within and outside of the University, and ensures that the School serves as a vital resource to the state and region.

The University

The University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known as Ole Miss, was founded in 1844 by the Mississippi Legislature and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. UM opened its doors in 1848, welcoming 80 students in its first class. Today it is the largest university in Mississippi with over 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Nearly 60% of incoming students are from Mississippi and 23% of students are minorities. In addition to its main campus in Oxford, UM has regional campuses in Tupelo, DeSoto, Booneville, Grenada, and the UM Medical Center in Jackson. With a strong focus on student support and success, UM enjoys the highest retention and graduation rates of all public institutions in the state of Mississippi. In 2016, indicating a major milestone, the University was elevated to the Carnegie R1 Highest Research Activity classification, placing it in the top 2.5 % of colleges and universities nationally. The University offers degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral levels. UM offers the advantages of a large comprehensive university while maintaining its small college atmosphere. The University employs 878 full-time faculty and has 2,400 staff members. Including the Medical Center in Jackson, the annual budget of the University is $2.4 billion.

Strategic Plan

The University of Mississippi’s priorities for the future are summarized in its strategic plan: Flagship Forward. The strategic plan is built upon four pillars: Academic Excellence; Healthy and Vibrant Communities; People, Places, and Resources; and Athletics Excellence. The first two pillars — Academic Excellence and Healthy and Vibrant Communities — focus upon the key aspects of the University’s mission, their very reason for being, as Mississippi’s flagship university. The final two pillars — People, Places, and Resources and Athletics Excellence — are key enablers that help to propel the University forward and accomplish its mission. Detailed information about the strategic plan can be found here:

Flagship Constellations

As one of America’s top research institutions, and the flagship institution in Mississippi, UM is dedicated to finding new solutions to the health and social issues affecting not only Mississippi communities, but also the nation and the world. To that end, UM has launched a multidisciplinary response to inspire and accelerate meaningful solutions. From big data to food deserts, disaster preparedness to brain injury recovery, these complicated issues demand collaborative thinking.

The University of Mississippi Flagship Constellations are charting new courses for Mississippi and the world through the investment of these four research clusters:


· Big Data

· Brain Wellness

· Community Wellbeing

· Disaster Resilience



As Mississippi's first comprehensive, public university and academic medical center, the University of Mississippi transforms lives, communities, and the world by providing opportunities for the people of Mississippi and beyond through excellence in learning, discovery, healthcare, and engagement.


The University of Mississippi aspires to be a preeminent public international research university and a leading force for innovation and opportunity in Mississippi, the United States, and the world.

Oxford & Regional Campus Mission

The mission of the University of Mississippi is to create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge in a free, open, and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry. Building upon a distinguished foundation in the liberal arts, the state's first comprehensive university serves the people of Mississippi and the world through a breadth of academic, research, professional, and service programs. The University of Mississippi provides an academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking; promotes research and creative achievement to advance society; uses its expertise to engage and transform communities; challenges and inspires a diverse community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; offers enriching opportunities outside the classroom; supports lifelong learning; and develops a sense of global responsibility

The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering was founded in 1900 making it the oldest school of engineering in the state. It employs 64 faculty members, 35 staff, and 8 adjuncts. The faculty is dedicated to creating a research-based learning environment of excellence with a personal touch as they teach and develop each department’s dynamic curriculum. The School currently has over 1,600 full time undergraduate and graduate students. Six departments and two research centers are housed under the School: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute, and the National Center for Computational Hydro science and Engineering.

The School offers 9 undergraduate degree programs — Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Geological Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering — and 13 graduate degree programs.

The B.S. in Chemical Engineering, B.S. in Civil Engineering, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Geological Engineering, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The B.S. in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Responsibilities of the Dean

Dean of the School of Engineering reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and works collaboratively with other deans and members of the Academic Affairs staff. Dean will be responsible for continuing to advance and strengthen degree programs; foster excellence in teaching, research, and engagement; increase the School’s visibility and enrollment; continue the advancement of innovation and entrepreneurship; increase the School’s financial resources; administer the School’s and University’s policies; and effectively manage the School’s resources and budget in a transparent way. Dean should promote a diverse work environment that fosters growth, collaboration, and shared governance. Along with supervising program assessments, the Dean should work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in refining and continuing to implement the School’s long-range strategic vision and plan. This individual will be responsible for the continuous improvement of degree programs to maintain ABET accreditation. Dean will have responsibility for selecting, evaluating, promoting and retaining high quality faculty/staff.

Specific responsibilities of the Dean include:

             · promoting high-quality undergraduate and graduate experiences;

· advocating for and supporting the work and mission of a multidisciplinary faculty;

            · promoting a culturally aware, safe, and welcoming environment with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse high-quality faculty, staff, and students;

            · providing leadership and infrastructure to stimulate and support faculty research and external funding initiatives;

            · leading fundraising initiatives and promoting alumni development to meet current and future School priorities;

            · maintaining and strengthening strategic relationships with the community, benefactors, and industry;

            · working closely with the Advisory Board and other constituents on issues related to the enhancement of the School;

            · representing the School to University administration; serving as a School advocate and spokesperson at academic, social, and public functions; and being involved with                          community service activities; and

· understanding the needs of students in a residential setting while promoting opportunities and activities for their personal and academic growth.


The School is seeking a dynamic leader who brings passion, an understanding of the convergent disciplines that comprise the School, and an entrepreneurial mindset. The Dean must have demonstrated significant achievement in leadership and administration. Specifically, the candidates must demonstrate evidence of the following qualifications:


              · a PhD in a discipline represented by one of the departments in the School, and a record of scholarly and professional accomplishment to qualify for appointment at the rank                    of professor with tenure;

              · effective communication and public relations skills, including the ability to clearly articulate the School’s vision, goals, and accomplishments to its many constituencies;

· a proven track record engaging with and fostering relationships with industry;

              · a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching excellence;

              · an ability to raise financial resources and build the financial infrastructure of the School;

              · an ability to develop a shared vision through open communication and transparency;

             · evidence of engagement in initiatives and projects that foster diversity for faculty, staff, and students;

             · an ability to cultivate a climate of academic cohesiveness amongst the departments; and

             · excellent listening, decision-making, and consensus-building skills.

Procedures for Candidacy

To ensure optimal consideration please submit materials by March 30, 2018. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experience matches the position requirements and a current curriculum vitae.

Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the School’s executive recruitment consultants:


Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Senior Associate


10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

Brentwood, TN 37027