Responsible for all aspects of School of Mines and Engineering. Montana Tech offers ABET accredited degrees in engineering with programs in Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Petroleum, Geophysical, Geological, Environmental, Electrical, Metallurgical, Mining, and newly approved Mechanical and Civil programs that were previously under General Engineering. Montana Tech also offers Master of Science degrees in multiple engineering areas and a PhD in Materials Science. The school has approximately 100 faculty and staff and an annual enrollment of around 1200 students.
The Dean is an administrative leader and serves as a key member of the university leadership team. The Dean serves as the pleasure of the Chancellor and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. Montana Tech has nationally recognized engineering programs and a strong international reputation in providing graduates in support of natural resource extraction and use including graduates who are environmentally responsible and safe. The Dean is expected to uphold, expand, and improve the already excellent programs at Montana Tech.
General Academic and Development Responsibilities
- The Dean is responsible for the School’s strategic planning, program evaluation and development, corporate outreach, alumni engagement, fundraising, enrollment, retention, student persistence and completion, market planning, multidisciplinary initiatives in education and research, and the management of the college's administrative, budgeting, and financial affairs.
- Establishing priorities and articulating priorities to the Provost and Chancellor who can jointly articulate these to the Commissioner of Higher Education and Board of Regents.
- Working with faculty, advisory boards, government and industrial leaders to continue and/or develop programs that are responsive to current business and societal needs.
- Provide leadership in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff, developing excellent educational programs, and in recommending and mentoring department heads.
- Develop staffing plans and faculty workloads and supervise planning of space requirements for programs and classroom/lab use. Ensure compliance of CBA for the member faculty.
- Approve program and course curricular changes and prepare proposals for new programs or program revisions for university and/or Board of Regents approval.
- Enhance collaboration across campus disciplines both at the graduate and undergraduate level.
- Achieve enrollment growth in undergraduate and graduate programs. Facilitate the successful implementation of graduate online/distance education.
- Ensure compliance with accreditation standards and oversee accreditation reviews and is responsible for development, compilation and organization of all materials necessary for institution accreditation.
- Participate in tenure/promotion review and evaluation process and make recommendations.
- Work collaboratively and in concert with the Montana Tech Foundation to procure donations of equipment, materials and other resources.
- Promote the School to external constituencies through alumni, industry and community relations. Be an involved community leader who is committed to building collaborative relationships with other Montana educational institutions. Act as the public spokesperson and/or as the representative for appropriate ceremonies and academic occasions.
- Implement other duties as assigned by the Chancellor and/or the Provost
- The Dean must have extensive experience in higher education, especially in academic leadership to direct and oversee the School’s engineering programs and projects. The candidate must have qualifications commensurate with appointment as a tenured professor in an SME program.
- Ability to appropriately address faculty/student concerns relating to classroom procedures, instructional methodology, grading, disciplinary actions, and grievance procedures.
- Willingness to mentor and hold faculty accountable to rigorous academic standards including standards of high quality instruction, research, and service.
- A leader who is comfortable with delegating authority while maintaining accountability for results.
- A person who is able to identify program/college needs and secure internal/external resources to support program initiatives.
- Experience in setting goals and then in developing plans to achieve the identified goals, followed by periodically assessing progress toward meeting those goals.
- Experience in conducting faculty/staff evaluations and guiding professional development of same.
- Possessing the personal skills to inspire the faculty, the Dean will ensure high standards in the school’s programs, be creative in addressing the needs of a changing globally-oriented engineering and technology community, and exercise innovative and entrepreneurial leadership building upon the Montana Tech’s legacy of ingenuity.
Applications received by March 20, 2017 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
We expect to bring in candidates for on-campus interviews in the April 10-28-time period.
Position Start Date: July 1, 2017 or negotiated, but no later than August 15, 2017