Duluth, Minnesota
Commensurate with experience
Dec 01, 2017
Dec 31, 2017
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Full time

Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota Duluth

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 commence on July 1, 2018.

UMD is a midsized, comprehensive land grant university with a small-campus feel and large-campus opportunities.  UMD offers 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 and are currently updating our strategic plan ( to achieve our goals.

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 Dean will be committed to creating a vibrant academic and intellectual climate in the College exercising creative and consultative leadership and working effectively with a multidisciplinary faculty, staff, student body, and other units of the University.  The successful candidate will also have a proven record of developing external and internal relations, a successful record of fund-raising, and a demonstrated ability of advancing 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.

Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, the city of Duluth is well-positioned to offer an enticing selection of adventures for four season outdoor enthusiasts as well as a rich variety of cultural opportunities.  Metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul is less than three hours south of Duluth.

Further information is available at: 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.   Inquiries may be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Erik Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education and Research, by email at or by phone at (218) 726-8891.

The search committee will begin review of completed applications January 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

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