Associate Dean for Research

College of Engineering and Computing

Application Deadline

Posted Until Filled, Review of Applications to Begin April 1, 2018

Full Time/Part Time

Full Time (60% Administrative; 40% Department)

Job Description

The College of Engineering and Computing at Missouri University of Science and Technology seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of Associate Dean for Research (ADR). The ADR will report directly to the Dean of the College and will be a key member of the College’s Leadership Team.

Key Responsibilities

The Associate Dean for Research will play a critical role in helping the College achieve its five-year goal of doubling research expenditures by identifying research opportunities, facilitating the creation of research relationships on and off campus, and enhancing the overall research profile and reputation of the College. Successful candidates are expected to have experience developing internationally renowned research programs and have established strong relationships with funding agencies, the national labs, and industry. Demonstrated experience in leading research teams is highly desirable.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to have a demonstrated personal record of sponsored research and scholarship typical of a full professor in the CEC, as well as relevant leadership experience in developing research opportunities for others.

Competitive candidates should also possess:

  • The ability, with the CEC faculty and other leaders, to voice a strategic research vision for the College and to develop and realize a plan to achieve it;
  • Experience in building research relationships in federal, industrial, and institutional environments;
  • A demonstrated capacity to create interdisciplinary partnerships, and to develop infrastructure with multiple constituencies to support research aspirations and initiatives;
  • Significant leadership, management, and financial experience in higher education or similar research environments;
  • An understanding of multi-dimensional metrics that support research missions across a variety of disciplines;
  • Experience in planning, growing, and diversifying research programs, while fostering and promoting inclusion of women and historically underrepresented groups;
  • Awareness of diverse forms of scholarship and creative activity, and a willingness to develop innovative support for them;
  • Respect for, and engagement with, faculty and staff, coupled with a commitment to attract and retain excellence and diversity;
  • Outstanding communication skills and an engaging style with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead by consensus and with a level of transparency and discretion;
  • The ability to articulate the College’s research vision, goals, accomplishments, and needs to a broad range of external constituencies, including alumni, academic and government representatives, and the business and industrial communities;
  • The ability to recognize and assist with the needs of various stakeholders, including research based graduate students; and
  • Impeccable personal and professional integrity.


The CEC Associate Dean for Research must possess an earned doctoral degree in a field associated with or related to the departments within the CEC and a record of recognized achievement in academic research. Equivalent education and experience that provides evidence of understanding the academic research process may be accepted.

Institutional Background and Culture

Founded in 1870, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is one of the nation’s top technological research universities and shares a land-grant heritage as one of the four campuses of the University of Missouri System. Missouri S&T has two academic colleges, the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) and the College of the Arts, Sciences, and Business. CEC has 181 tenured and tenure track, and 35 non-tenure track faculty, and offers 17 accredited undergraduate and 19 graduate degree programs, associated with the Departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Mining and Nuclear Engineering.

The College of Engineering and Computing has presently enrolled over 5200 undergraduate students and over 1450 graduate students, of which about 580 are pursuing doctoral degrees. Faculty in the College either lead or play important roles in a number of research centers, including the Materials Research Center, the Center for Biomedical Research, Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies, Intelligent Systems Center, and the Center for Research in Energy and Environment. In addition, CEC students and faculty play critical roles in key interdisciplinary research areas highlighted in the Missouri S&T strategic plan, including infrastructure and sustainability, manufacturing and economic development, materials for extreme environments, and smart living.

Missouri S&T is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a higher research activity institution, and has a diverse portfolio of NSF, NIH, DOE, industry, and private foundation grants. At the close of FY2017, research expenditures in the College were just over $25 million. Approximately 2/3 of funding comes from federal sources and 1/3 of funding comes from industry/private partnerships.

Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should electronically submit an application consisting of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae and complete contact information for three references to the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Human Resources Office at  All submitted application materials must have the position reference number 00071408 in order to be processed.  Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word; hard copy application materials will not be accepted. 


The final candidate is required to provide copies of official transcript(s) for any college degree(s) listed in application materials submitted. Copies of transcript(s) should be provided prior to the start of employment. In addition, the final candidate may be required to verify other credentials listed in application materials.

Failure to provide official transcript(s) or other required verification may result in the withdrawal of the job offer.

All job offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

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