Dean, College of Science and Technology

University of Southern Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted December 3, 2013
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Dean of the College of Science and Technology

The University of Southern Mississippi invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Science and Technology.

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. The University of Southern Mississippi, which enrolls approximately 17,000 students each year, is the only dual-campus university in Mississippi with campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach. Five additional research sites are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Meridian. Learn more at

About the College: The College of Science and Technology ( is one of six degree-granting colleges at Southern Miss with approximately 175 full-time faculty members spanning multiple campuses and educating more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. The college implements the university's mission by building skills, fostering intellectual development, and making advances in science, technology and workforce implementation. The college houses eight departments (Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Coastal Sciences, Geography and Geology, Human Capital Development, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy); four schools (Computing, Construction, Criminal Justice, Polymers and High Performance Materials); the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, and the Health Care Pre-professional Office. The college offers 42 undergraduate degree programs and 59 graduate degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels. In fiscal year 2012, the college received approximately $30M in external funding.

Duties and Responsibilities: The dean is the academic and administrative leader of the college and reports to the provost. This position is located in Hattiesburg Mississippi and will begin July 1, 2014. Working with the faculty and university leaders, the dean will lead the creation of plans and strategies to enhance the college's stature. Moreover, the dean will play a key role in expanding the college's significant education, research and service linkages with the scientific and research communities of the state and the region.

Qualifications and Experience: Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in a STEM area or closely related field and credentials sufficient to be considered eligible for appointment to the rank of full professor and the awarding of tenure in the College of Science and Technology.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as is a strong record of commitment to research and scholarship. Successful applicants must be proven leaders with broad vision, strong team-building skills, and the ability to collaborate with multiple constituencies and to lead advancement activities on behalf of the college.
Experience working with multi-campus sites and in developing cross-disciplinary programs is desirable.

Application Procedure: The search committee will begin accepting applications and nominations immediately and begin reviewing applications January 13, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 13, 2014. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2014. Applicants must submit a letter of interest, complete curriculum vitae, statement of leadership philosophy, and contact information for at least five references via the University of Southern Mississippi HR website, (job posting # 0002942).
Questions should be directed to Dr. Mike Forster, chair of the search committee, at 601.266-5253 or email

As an Affi rmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer/Americans with Disabilities Act Institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

How To Apply

You can apply for this position online at