Dean, College of Engineering and Computing

Friday, April 17, 2015
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University of South Carolina
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The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) supports eight primary fields of study: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. The College consists of approximately 120 full-time faculty members, 2,200 undergraduate students, and 520 graduate students. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked nationally by both U.S. News and World Report and the National Research Council. The college plans for growth in both students and faculty as part of the university’s 10-year plan. It has advantageous experience in economic development and private sector partnering.

More details can be found and in the college’s annual Blueprint for Academic Excellence:

THE POSITION: Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean provides academic and administrative leadership to the College of Engineering and Computing. The Dean is expected to lead the College in enhancing its missions of teaching, research, and service. The Dean is expected to articulate the mission and vision of the College to both external and internal constituencies, including faculty, staff, students and the university administration, and to manage and develop the College’s financial resources.

The successful candidate should have:

  • achievement commensurate with appointment as a full professor in the College of Engineering and Computing;
  • a record of fostering academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and scholarly research;
  • proven administrative experience, a high standard of professional integrity, and a strong sense of professional ethics;
  • ability to plan, execute, and articulate the College's mission to the students, faculty, administration, alumni, external funding agencies, and other decision-making bodies;
  • skills to represent the college in involvement and communication with federal, state, and community business and industry professional groups, as well as campus committees;
    • and the skills and energy to foster economic development and fund raising for the college.
  • a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity, and an intent to promote the internationalization of the faculty/student experience;
  • the broad intellectual perspective and strong administrative and decision making abilities that are required for effective leadership and management;THE UNIVERSITY: Chartered in 1801, the University of South Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. Current total enrollment of undergraduate and postgraduate students on the main Columbia campus is nearly 32,000. Students choose from more than 320 degree programs, and the student body is constantly reaching new heights with increased applications (more than 25,000) for 5,000 freshman seats in 2014, average GPA and SAT scores for incoming freshmen, and overall retention and graduations rates. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business as the best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program has been No. 1 for 17 consecutive years, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities and has been in the Top 3 for 25 consecutive years. The South Carolina Honors College is top-ranked in the nation among all public honors colleges. USC is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as South Carolina's only institution with very high research activity, a designation shared with fewer than 100 top public and private research universities in the country. Approximately 20 of its doctoral programs were included in the top 50 nationwide in the last National Research Council rankings, with two in the top 10 (electrical engineering and geography). The university produces more than 300 doctoral degrees annually, with 80 of last year’s graduates placed in tenure track positions worldwide.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted by June 6, 2015. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Committee and/or hiring authority. Applications can be submitted online at the following web page ( or via e-mail at the address below:

Ryan Crawford, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-307-7031 |


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