Dean, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology

LeTourneau University in Texas

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 29, 2016
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

Dean
School of Engineering and Engineering Technology
LeTourneau University
Longview, Texas

LeTourneau University, an interdenominational, evangelical Christ-centered institution of higher learning, seeks an innovative, experienced engineering administrator to serve as Dean of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. Appointed by the President and reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology within the College of Engineering, Business and Technology. This senior academic leader reflects and supports the University’s mission of preparing men and women to make an impact through their calling by providing an exceptional Christ-centered education within the finest instructional and learning environment. The candidate must also be in genuine agreement with the University’s Statement of Faith and Community Covenant for life and work at LeTourneau. (LeTourneau’s Community Covenant is a new university document still awaiting final Board of Trustees approval. The implications of the Covenant are not currently reflected in the standard faculty application form, but appropriate changes will be made when the Covenant is officially ratified. To receive a copy of the Community Covenant, please email gerrieforbis@letu.edu.)

The Dean must have extensive experience in higher education, especially in academic leadership to direct and oversee the University’s expansive engineering programs and projects. LeTourneau offers EAC/ABET accredited degrees in engineering with concentrations in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, materials joining, mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering; TAC/ABET accredited degrees in Engineering Technology with concentrations in electrical, mechanical, materials joining, aeronautical-electrical, aeronautical-mechanical. LeTourneau University also offers a Master of Science in engineering and a Master of Engineering.

The School of Engineering and Engineering Technology enrolls nearly 550 students, with 25 full-time faculty. The engineering and engineering technology programs are highly project-oriented. With access to cutting-edge equipment and laboratories, students have opportunities to design operational prototypes throughout the curriculum.

Responsibilities:

The general responsibilities and duties of the Dean of the School of Engineering, and Engineering Technology are:

  • Overseeing the recruitment, development, and performance of faculty.
  • Achieving enrollment growth with new program development and successful implementation of recent initiatives such as online education and expansion to educational sites outside Longview.
  • Possessing the personal skills to inspire the faculty, the Dean will ensure high standards in the school’s programs, be creative in addressing the needs of a changing globally-oriented engineering and technology community, and exercise innovative and entrepreneurial leadership building upon the University’s legacy of ingenuity and faith.
  • Aligning the school’s priorities with the University Strategic Plan.
  • Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with alumni, industry and donors.
  • The Dean is also responsible for the school’s strategic planning, program evaluation and development, corporate outreach, alumni engagement, fundraising, enrollment, retention, student persistence and completion, market planning, interdisciplinary initiatives in education and research, and the management of the college's administrative and financial affairs.
  • Providing synergies and support with the School of Business within the College of Engineering, Business and Technology.

Qualifications:

The Dean of Engineering and Engineering Technology should be a visionary leader with an earned doctorate in engineering. The candidate should be a registered professional engineer or be eligible to become a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. This individual is expected to demonstrate a mature personal faith in Jesus Christ, the ability to champion integration of faith and learning, the desire to engage the broader evangelical Christian community, and general agreement with the University’s Statement of Faith.

Other qualifications include:

  • A person of absolute integrity who engenders trust.
  • Active participation as a dean, associate dean, program director, department chair or equivalent in ABET accreditation efforts; and a working knowledge of the ABET accreditation process.
  • Academic credentials that qualify the candidate for the rank of full professor in the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
  • A record of excellence in administration including strategic planning, budgeting and team-building.
  • Ability to provide innovative leadership internally while advancing the school externally.
  • Outstanding academic and professional experience with a demonstrated track record in effective teaching and noteworthy research.
  • Enthusiasm for meeting the changing needs of traditional residential students while developing significant opportunities in educating non-residential engineering students.
  • Significant understanding of the profession and the competencies to be required of future professional engineers.
  • Open, transparent, collaborative, and a desire to enable others, a consensus building management style predicated on mutual respect, active listening, the desire to enable others, and the skill to inspire colleagues.
  • Ability to build trust through collaborative decision-making, embracing shared governance, and a demonstrated commitment to academic freedom.
  • Ability to creatively grow and leverage financial resources through innovative education, research and philanthropy for research, teaching and faculty support; with experience securing grants and contracts.
  • A strong appreciation for Christian higher education and the unique strategic vision of LeTourneau University

We are seeking an individual who is passionate about academic excellence and about preparing students to impact the world for Jesus Christ through the vocation of engineering. Information on the engineering program at LeTourneau can be found at the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology web-page: http://www.letu.edu/_Academics/Engineering/index.html

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and other qualifications. LeTourneau University provides a significant benefit package, which includes medical and life insurance and contribution to a retirement program.

Date Position is Available: July 1, 2017.

Procedure for Application or Nomination:

Applications will be reviewed in the order received and will continue until the position is filled. In accordance with applicable provisions of federal law, applicants for employment who are in agreement with the educational mission of LeTourneau University and applicants for admission to educational programs or activities are considered without discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, handicapping condition, or national origin. Inquiries about this policy should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (903) 233-4170. The position is subject to the University background check policy.

Applications are required and are available from http://www.letu.edu/jobs or from the Business Office, LeTourneau University, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue, Longview, TX. Send completed application, letter of application, CV, and graduate transcripts to:

Dr. Steven Mason, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs
P.O. Box 7001, Longview, TX 75607-7001

Email inquiries to GerrieForbis@letu.edu or fax information to (903) 233-3201.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:

Inspired by faith and a spirit of ingenuity, LeTourneau University integrates learning, living and Christian leadership in a community of integrity, academic quality and technological innovation.

LeTourneau University is a regionally accredited, interdenominational, Christ-centered university offering undergraduate degrees in aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care management, health science, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, psychology, the sciences and theology. Graduate degree offerings include business administration, health care administration, counseling, education, engineering, marriage and family therapy, psychology and strategic leadership.

Nearly 2,700 students attend LeTourneau University. Around 1,300 of these students are enrolled in programs at LETU's residential campus, while more than 1,300 make up the university's global campus, attending classes online and at educational centers in Dallas and Houston.

LETU students typically represent all 50 states, nearly 30 countries, and more than 50 denominational groups. The SAT average of entering residential freshmen is often 140-160 points above the national average and indicate a strong academic quality, although provision is made for students with lower scores who possess evidence of potential achievement.

LeTourneau has been consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of "America's Best Colleges." LeTourneau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, at http://www.sacscoc.org) to award associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. LeTourneau University's engineering and engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: 410-347-7700. The Carnegie Foundation classifies LeTourneau University as a Master's (Comprehensive) University II.

The 162 acre main campus is located in Longview, Texas, a progressive hub city with an MSA of 150,000, nestled among the beautiful pine-forested hills and lakes of East Texas. It is approximately 120 miles east of Dallas, Texas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.

See http://www.letu.edu for more information.

December 20, 2016

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