The College of Engineering at Valparaiso University is focused on excellence in undergraduate education, offering ABET-accredited degree programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical engineering.  The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Engineering and reports directly to the Provost.  The Dean is responsible for all aspects of planning, leadership, and administration of the College of Engineering.  The Dean will be expected to demonstrate innovative leadership and provide vigorous support of the academic programs by fostering relationships within the University and with industrial and international constituencies.

The successful candidate is expected to possess the following:

  • An earned doctorate in an engineering discipline and a distinguished record of teaching, professional experience, and scholarly activities.  We are looking for a thought leader with a strong publication record and a commitment to applied engineering science; hence, commercial engineering experience is a plus;
  • Demonstrated successful leadership in academia or industry as evidenced by successful growth in student enrollment, increased research budgets and expenditures, a strong record of external research funding, introduction and growth of new programs in emerging areas, student/ mentee awards and publications, and awards of new patents or similar accomplishments in an industrial setting.
  • The ability to function as a team member in the College’s cooperative administrative structure and provide motivational leadership within a collegial setting.  We are looking for a natural leader who knows how to bring teams of people together and support them in their efforts to accomplish important tasks within small budgets and tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work well with senior administrators in support of the strategic goals of the university, including a reputation for taking action and executing agreed-upon initiatives.
  • A genuine commitment to undergraduate engineering education and research as evidenced by mentoring, professional service, and student and faculty comments;
  • A commitment to promoting the recruitment and retention of qualified students and faculty;
  • A commitment to strengthening alumni, community, and industrial relationships;
  • A commitment to capitalizing on domestic and international opportunities;
  • A commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds;
  • An interest in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

Applications and Nominations from women and other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.  Applications should include a statement of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references.  Applications and nominations including a letter of interest and a complete resume should be sent to:


                                                Dean Search Committee

                                                Valparaiso University

                                                College of Engineering

                                                1900 Chapel Drive

                                                Valparaiso, IN  46383



Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and continue until the new Dean is selected.


Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community.  Its entire EOE policy can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/equalopportunity/index.php .