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[C19-028] - Dean, School Of Engineering, Science, and Technology

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Management Confidential


Contact Person:
Patrick Tucker
Phone: 860-832-1786

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Job Description

The Dean serves as the chief academic officer and administrative leader of the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SEST) at Central Connecticut State University.  The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He or she works with the President, Vice presidents, Deans, SEST faculty, administrative staff, and students in ensuring SEST programs meet high standards of academic excellence.  SEST offers bachelors’ and masters’ degrees, one doctoral degree, and multiple certificate programs.  SEST is a member of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) College of Technology, a 12-member collaborative unit supporting technology opportunities and degrees for students at the system’s 12 member Connecticut community colleges and 4 member state universities.

The School of Engineering, Science, and Technology is the only singular STEM unit in the CSCU system.  The Dean is charged with creating an environment that will support the development, implementation, growth, and expansion of disciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities in STEM.  SEST operates with 11 academic departments:  (1) Biology; (2) Biomolecular Science; (3) Chemistry & Biochemistry; (4) Computer Electronics & Graphics Technology; (5) Computer Science; (6) Engineering; (7) Geological Sciences; (8) Manufacturing & Construction Management; (9) Mathematical Sciences; (10) Physics & Engineering Physics; and (11) Technology & Engineering Education.  Program accreditations are maintained in 22 discipline areas.  In addition, the Dean oversees the SEST Student Services Center.

The Dean supervises the following positions:  Associate Dean, two Associates to the Dean, three Advising and Student Support Specialists, Computer Facilities Manager, Server Administrator, Administrative Assistant, and the chairs of the 11 academic departments.  SEST employs 130 full-time faculty members and as of Fall 2018 served 3,158 headcount students, 2,723 undergraduates and 435 graduate students.  The Dean’s responsibilities include:

Academic Leadership:

  • Works with SEST faculty in establishing the vision, mission, and strategic directions for the programs and units housed in the school.
  • Ensures compliance with the standards of the New England Commission of Higher Education and multiple accrediting bodies and commissions with which SEST academic programs are affiliated.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with engineering- and scientific-related industrial organizations and governmental entities in Connecticut and the Northeast.
  • Promotes disciplinary and interdisciplinary STEM activities within CCSU, with area K-12 school districts, and through the CSCU College of Technology.
  • Supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the school and the university.
  • Leads school-wide actions of faculty and staff in student recruitment and retention activities collaboratively among academic affairs, enrollment management, and student affairs.
  • Reviews and resolves students’ academic concerns. 
  • Encourages and supports development of grant proposal, ensures appropriate administration of grants awarded within the constraints of university policy and process.
  • Accountable for meeting enrollment goals established through university-planning processes. 


  • Supervises an associate dean, associates to the dean, staff, chairs, and faculty in SEST.
  • Ensures appropriate search processes are completed prior to recommending specific candidates for full-time faculty positions to the provost and president.  Oversees the hiring of part-time faculty.
  • Manages the selection, development, and placement of faculty in SEST.  Directs and leads chairs regarding academic standards, required faculty qualifications, and allocation of faculty to program offerings, achieving effective assignment of faculty within budget constraints.
  • Works with chairs in establishing faculty workload assignments to meet the needs of CCSU students, in support of the CCSU mission, and consistent with the collective bargaining agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
  • Evaluates the performance of SEST full-time faculty consistent with the agreement between the CSCU and the AAUP.
  • Ensures completion of the annual performance-evaluation processes for all classifications of non-AAUP employees in SEST.

Budget and Facilities:

  • Coordinates input into the annual CCSU budget-development process.
  • Oversees budgets for SEST programs and activities. 
  • Oversees the activities, operations, and daily maintenance of the engineering, science, research, and computer labs housed in SEST, ensuring the facilities support the instructional and research needs of SEST students and faculty.
  • Works with university-level facilities, safety, and information technology staff to plan for emerging and future needs and ensure ongoing currency of engineering, science, and technology equipment and facilities.

Academic Policy:

  • Ensures the establishment and periodic revision as necessary of a written description of an internal SEST governance system.  Ensures compliance with governance system.
  • Participates in the development of university-wide academic policy through the Council of Deans and other university-level committees and groups as assigned by the provost and/or president.

Curriculum and Program Development:

  • Ensures new-program and course development and revision are consistent with the strategic directions of the university and the School of Engineering Science, and Technology.
  • Manages with chairs the course offerings in each SEST department.  Reviews enrollments, timing of course offerings, faculty teaching loads, and appropriateness of courses and schedules for degree-program objectives
  • Works with faculty to ensure that program review processes assess outcomes and direct needed revisions.

University Leadership:

  • Participates in university-level leadership as a member of the Council of Deans.
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing the strategic initiatives of CCSU.
  • Accountable for fundraising for the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology.
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean of Education & Professional Studies and the Dean of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences supporting CCSU’s teacher education programs.
  • Establishes and maintains a school-level advisory committee of external industry, community, and disciplinary leaders for advice and fiscal support.
  • Supports the advancement and development functions of CCSU by developing strong connections to national disciplinary organizations, local and national industry and governmental organizations, and individuals who may serve as potential donors.
  • Avoids conflicts of interest in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or give the appearance of compromising, the allocation of professional time, energy, or judgment in administration of the duties of dean.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in an academic field related to the programs housed in the School of Engineering, Science, and Technology
  • Demonstrated success administering academic programs as a department chair or equivalent
  • Ability to establish, foster and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, e.g., students, faculty, staff, and community and industry partners
  • A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the qualifications of a senior faculty rank
  • Demonstrated success planning and managing substantial budgets of an academic unit or grant
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Effective communication skills, i.e., written, oral, and interpersonal

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of academic administrative experience above the level of department chair
  • Leadership experience in a collective-bargaining environment
  • Demonstrated successful experience with regional and/or disciplinary-based accreditation processes
  • Demonstrated success with grants and contracts
  • Successful fund raising
  • Demonstrated success in new-program development
  • Demonstrated record of successful support and/or promotion of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary activities

The Community: CCSU is located in New Britain, a city with a population of some 70,000, within a 10-minute drive to the state capital of culture-rich Hartford.  CCSU is currently in a large-scale community engagement initiative, designed to more effectively embrace our communities as the “steward of central Connecticut.”  Pursuing a range of partnership arrangements with area businesses, schools, agencies, and more, this initiative will create significant new opportunities for student internships, faculty research, as well as an expanding array of cultural collaborations with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, city theatres, the world-renowned New Britain Museum of American Art, and other area attractions.

Application and Appointment:  For full consideration, applications must be received by January 18, 2019.  This position is eligible for a tenure-track faculty appointment following the recommendation of the respective academic department.  Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience; salary range is $130,900 to $209,004.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  To begin the application process, click on on  the Apply Now button and electronically submit the following in a single document:

  • Letter of interest addressing all the qualifications for the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names of five current professional references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers

Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e. SSN, DOB, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Emailed, faxed or mailed copies will not be accepted.

For more information contact Mr. Patrick Tucker, Registrar and Search Co-Chair at 860-832-1786 or   

Central Connecticut State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action for all qualified persons.  CCSU does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disability, physical disability, or learning disability), genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.  CCSU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction.

As an affirmative action employer, CCSU actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.  The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. 

Central Connecticut State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.