Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology

Western Washington University in Washington

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 17, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

About the Position: Western Washington University (Western) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology (CST). Western seeks highly qualified candidates with a commitment to excellence in STEM education, faculty and student research, and diversity. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of CST and is responsible for providing academic leadership and administrative management for all programs within the college. The Dean reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a key member of the university leadership team. The Dean works in collaboration with the faculty, staff, students, and university administration to implement the college and university vision and mission. The Dean is expected to be a visible leader both within the university and greater community. It is anticipated that the Dean will assume office by August 1, 2014.

About the College:  The mission of CST is to provide the highest quality education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); to participate in the discovery, communication and application of knowledge; to integrate teaching, scholarly activity and service; and to maintain a diverse college community.  CST contributes a major component of the liberal arts core at Western as well as serving undergraduate and graduate students in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering and Design, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics/Astronomy. CST has about 150 FTE faculty and an annual operating budget of approximately $17 million; CST faculty generate over $2 million annually in grants and other external funding.

CST and Western collaborate with community partners to provide an exceptional student education through close faculty-student interaction emphasizing student scholarship and the development of innovative thinking. In addition to strong undergraduate majors and Masters degree programs in traditional disciplines, CST offers excellent learning and research opportunities in a range of special programs including the nationally recognized Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) program and the Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC). Emerging initiatives include the transition from Engineering Technology to Engineering and the multidisciplinary Institute for Energy Studies (IES).  Additional information about CST is available at

About the University: Western is a comprehensive state university that enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate students. Western includes seven academic colleges and a graduate school, and employs over 600 FTE faculty. Spectacularly located, the Bellingham campus overlooks the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. Bellingham, a coastal community of 82,000, about 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., is nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship.

As noted in the Universitys mission statement:  Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation, and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  The 2013 U.S. News and World Report college rankings named Western as the highest-ranking, public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and third among top public master's-granting universities in the West. Western has been identified by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation's best college workplaces. More information about Western is available online:

For the complete job description including responsibilities, qualifications and electronic application instructions: .  Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All applications, nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential. For further information, potential applicants should contact Bev Jones, Assistant to the Provost, by email:

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. WWU is sensitive to and has a policy addressing dual career assistance. All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360)650-3774.

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