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January 2024

The University of Delaware seeks a forward-looking, engaged, and strategic new Dean of its College of Engineering with a deep commitment to innovation, diversity, and collaborative excellence in research and education. 

The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware is a forefront engineering institution with a vibrant and inclusive community of nationally and internationally recognized scholar-educators. (Read Five Reasons Why the College is uniquely positioned for continued excellence.)

The College plays a pivotal role within the University and the state, and its faculty have an exceptional track record of advancing technological and educational innovation through partnership with industry, government, academic, and medical institutions across the Mid-Atlantic region. The College has helped spur the creation of major campus infrastructure that connects interdisciplinary partners across UD and beyond, and has leveraged its role within a land, sea, and space grant institution to impact and transform local and national agriculture, space research, and coastal conservation initiatives. UD Engineering is a destination for extraordinary education, transformational research, and engaged service to the state of Delaware and the nation.

Encompassing seven departments, over 20 academic programs, and 20 research centers in engineering and computing, the College of Engineering is home to 174 full-time faculty members, 58 research staff, and 280 technical and administrative staff members supporting the scientific, educational, and administrative functions of the College. The faculty are recognized experts and innovators in their disciplines and include nine National Academy of Engineering members in their ranks. Reflecting Delaware’s strong trajectory of growth and commitment to excellence in education and scholarship, the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs ranked the University of Delaware’s engineering programs 42nd overall. Four engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College rank in the top 50 nationally, including top 10 rankings for the Chemical Engineering graduate (No. 7) and undergraduate (No. 5) programs.

The next Dean of the College of Engineering will have the vision, engagement, and integrity required to guide the College through the next phase of growth in its research and educational programs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the organizational and communication skills required for leadership of a large and complex enterprise and should have a record of creating and sustaining a collegial, inclusive, supportive, and respectful climate.

The University of Delaware is committed to academic and inclusive excellence by building a community of faculty, staff and students who are both diverse and respectful of human differences and by promulgating a campus climate and culture that appreciates and celebrates diversity in all aspects, including diverse perspectives, race, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and gender identity or expression.

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