Search for Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

From Philip Rous, Provost Designate

Applications are invited for the position of Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS) at UMBC. The Dean serves as the chief academic officer of CNMS, directing the management and business functions of the unit, and working with the chairs, faculty and staff of its four departments to promote their undergraduate, graduate and research programs.

The new Dean will lead a college with a strong foundation. CNMS has strong enrollments, a productive faculty and staff, a cadre of excellent undergraduate and graduate students, a robust research enterprise and growing ties to external supporters. Building on this foundation, the Dean will need strong fiscal management skills, a commitment to strategic planning, deep familiarity with UMBC and its traditions of shared governance, the willingness and ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, department chairs and senior university leaders, a deep understanding of methods for advancing educational and research programs including raising public and private support. The Dean will face specific challenges including the following: ensuring the college’s long-term financial stability; carefully managing growing enrollments to ensure high quality educational experiences; identifying clear plans for faculty hiring that consider the inter-related factors of faculty retirements, space and start-up funding; supporting the development of research infrastructure; and strengthening the graduate programs including increasing graduate student support. The Dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is a member of the university’s leadership team.

Candidates for the position must be tenured full professors in CNMS. Candidates should possess a strong record of teaching, research, and external funding that demonstrates academic excellence, as well as strong credentials in managing academic affairs. Desired qualities include a visionary and collaborative leadership style; a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and faculty research; an ability to work with faculty across the disciplines and with other senior administrators; and a personal and professional commitment to diversity.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a 3-4 page statement of the candidate’s vision for CNMS, which addresses the issues above and any other challenges the college faces, and a current curriculum vitae in the UMBC format. Applications should be submitted electronically to Cathy Allison, Office of the Vice President for Research (allison@umbc.edu) no later than noon on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The search committee will be chaired by the Vice President for Research, Dr. Geoff Summers.

It is anticipated that the appointment will begin on July 1, 2012.

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