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Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology
About the Position: Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology (CST). Western seeks highly qualified candidates with a commitment to excellence in STEM education, faculty and student research, and diversity. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of CST and is responsible for providing academic leadership and administrative management for all programs within the college. The Dean reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a key member of the university leadership team. The Dean works in collaboration with the faculty, staff, students, and university administration to implement the college and university vision and mission. The Dean is expected to be a visible leader both within the university and greater community. It is anticipated that the Dean will assume office by August 1, 2014.
About the College/Department:
The mission of CST is to provide the highest quality education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); to participate in the discovery, communication and application of knowledge; to integrate teaching, scholarly activity and service; and to maintain a diverse college community.  CST contributes a major component of the liberal arts core at Western as well as serving undergraduate and graduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Design, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics/Astronomy.  CST has about 150 FTE faculty and an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million; CST faculty generate over $2 million annually in grants and other external funding.

CST and Western collaborate with community partners to provide an exceptional student education through close faculty-student interaction emphasizing student scholarship and the development of innovative thinking.  In addition to strong undergraduate majors and Master's degree programs in traditional disciplines, CST offers excellent learning and research opportunities in a range of special programs including the nationally recognized Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) program and the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC).  Emerging initiatives include the transition from Engineering Technology to Engineering and the multidisciplinary Institute for Energy Studies (IES).  Additional information about CST is available at http://www.wwu.edu/cst/index.html
Position Responsibilities: The Dean is expected to be a leader who inspires others and fosters innovation and inclusiveness. The Dean provides academic leadership and is responsible for strategic planning; budget, resource, and operations management; program development and assessment.  The Dean also oversees faculty appointments, development and evaluation, including tenure and promotion. The Dean is expected to embrace the values of a public, comprehensive university and Western's model of shared faculty governance and collective bargaining. The Dean collaborates with faculty, staff and students to develop and implement the mission, vision and strategic plans for the college and university. The Dean serves as an advocate for Western and CST, including the development of strong connections with businesses and other organizations in the region. The Dean is instrumental in advancing Western’s development efforts, and specifically is responsible for fundraising in support of CST initiatives.
Required Qualifications:
  • Academic credentials and experience that merit appointment as a full professor with tenure in a department in the College of Sciences and Technology
  • Successful administrative experience including budget oversight and personnel management
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement plans, policies and procedures in an academic environment
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including collaborative decision making and development of constructive interpersonal relations
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity in STEM fields
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Academic leadership experience that includes experience as a department chair or equivalent
  • Experience with academic program assessment and accreditation
  • Knowledge of best practices and current trends in STEM education
  • Experience in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Record of effective internal and external advocacy
  • Experience working in an environment of shared governance and/or collective bargaining
  • Demonstrated fundraising and resource acquisition ability
  • Record of effective community outreach and partnership building with business, industry, government and NGOs
Academic Emphasis: Sciences and Technology
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Bargaining Union: Not applicable
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Interested candidates must apply online.   You may cut and paste or upload your materials as noted per the EASE application procedure.  In order to fully utilize our online application system, please use Internet Explorer.

To submit your application via WWUs Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE), please log in at www.wwu.edu/jobs and provide the information listed below.

A cover letter addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities and to the required and preferred qualifications; curriculum vita; and contact information for four references are required.

For further information, potential applicants may inquire confidentially to Bev.Jones@wwu.edu.
Other Information: Western is a comprehensive state university that enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate students.  Western includes seven academic colleges and a graduate school, and employs over 600 FTE faculty.  Spectacularly located, the Bellingham campus overlooks the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands.  Bellingham, a costal community of 82,000, about 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship.

As noted in the University's mission statement:  Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation, and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  The 2013 U.S. News and World Report college rankings named Western as the highest-ranking, public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and third among top public master's-granting universities in the West. Western has been identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation's best college workplaces. More information about Western is available online: http://www.wwu.edu
Job Posted: 1/14/2014
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins immediately; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 140026
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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