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Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE)

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) to start on July 1, 2018.

UMD is a midsized, comprehensive land grant university with a small-campus feel and large-campus opportunities. We offer baccalaureate, masters, and selected doctoral degrees across a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. As the second largest research university in the state, we are dedicated to integrating liberal education, research, creative activity, and public engagement to prepare students to thrive as lifelong learners and globally engaged citizens. To achieve our goals, we are currently updating our strategic plan.

SCSE is the third largest college in the University of Minnesota system and enjoys steady enrollment growth. The college has vibrant curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level, and prepares students for success in graduate and professional schools as well as industry. Some other details:

  • Our faculty is made up of excellent teacher-scholars, with publications and sponsored projects demonstrating the vibrancy and relevancy of their research agendas
  • We have almost 4,000 students
  • To support our students, we employ approximately 120 tenured/tenure track faculty, 50 term faculty, and more than 50 staff members

Position Description

The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished administrative leadership, teaching, and scholarship appropriate for a senior faculty appointment within an academic department in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

The new Dean will be committed to:

  • Creating a vibrant academic and intellectual climate in the College
  • Exercising creative and consultative leadership
  • Working effectively with a multidisciplinary faculty, staff, student body, and other units of the University
  • And have a proven track record of developing external and internal relations, a successful record of fundraising, and a demonstrated ability to advance diversity and inclusion

Required qualifications include:

  • An earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university in a field within the Swenson College of Science and Engineering or closely related field
  • A minimum of three years of administrative experience as a department head or equivalent
  • A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of Professor in one of the departments within the College
  • A record of administrative leadership and personnel and budgetary management
  • Effective written communication skills
  • A record of developing external relations with public and private sectors
  • And a record of commitment to enhancing and maintaining diversity

To Apply

Completed applications should be submitted by January 15, 2018 when the committee will begin to review. Submissions will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

Applicants must apply online via the employment system at job ID number 321073.

Individuals from underrepresented groups and US Military veterans are encouraged to apply.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the University of Minnesota Disability Specialist at 612-626-1333. 

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.


Inquiries may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee:

Dr. Erik Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education and Research
(218) 726-8891

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