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Associate Dean for Students and Strategic Initiatives

Job no: 493860
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs, Other

As the College of Engineering welcomes Dean Pat Mather who took office July 2016, the University invites nominations and applications for a creative and collaborative Associate Dean for Students and Strategic Initiatives to serve as a key member of his leadership team.

 Founded in 1846 on a beautiful 450-acre residential campus on the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is distinctive among highly selective, national liberal arts colleges in its size and scope of mission. One of Bucknell’s most unique characteristics is offering more than 3,500 undergraduates high-quality academic programs that span the arts and sciences, engineering, and management. Bucknell offers its students the personal attention typical of a smaller liberal arts college in combination with the resources and programs of the caliber of a private research university.

 Bucknell’s College of Engineering is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as #7 among the 200 engineering colleges not offering doctoral degrees. The approximately 80 engineering faculty within the College are dedicated to teaching its 708 undergraduates and are actively engaged in scholarship in support of the College’s educational mission, the discipline, or the profession.

Working in close partnership with the Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship who focuses on facilitating faculty development and research efforts, this Associate Dean will advocate for the continued excellence and evolution of the undergraduate engineering program by taking the lead in bringing to life the new faculty-driven initiatives that will emerge from the strategic planning process now under way. The Associate Dean will also be broadly responsible for all matters that impact the student experience, which may include the curriculum, extracurricular programming, and advising. The Associate Dean will also serve as Executive Director of the Engineering Success Alliance (ESA), which provides support to talented students from under-resourced high schools whose success in engineering can energize the future of the industry as a whole. The Director of the ESA and an administrative assistant will report to the Associate Dean.

The ideal candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, or a related field and have administrative experience in a higher education setting. Some college-level teaching experience is required. While it would be desirable for a candidate to have been awarded tenure at some point in their career, tenure is not a requirement to be successful in this role. If the new Associate Dean does have a record of accomplishments that would merit appointment as a tenured faculty member at Bucknell, an appropriate position could be made available upon evaluation.

The College and the University are both deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and expect the Associate Dean to be passionate about the work of recruiting, retaining, and supporting the success of engineering students from a wide range of backgrounds. In keeping with this inclusive approach, the College actively encourages applications from individuals with backgrounds - ethnically, socially, economically, and/or in terms of gender or sexual orientation - that are traditionally underrepresented within engineering.

 For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to: 

Sue May, Partner
Liz Moseley, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates LP

Bucknell University values a diverse college community and is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Bucknell University especially welcomes applications from women and minority candidates

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America’s best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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