The Dean of the College of Computing (CC) provides leadership in shaping the vision and role of the newly formed College of Computing within the University, the state of Michigan, higher education, and society at large. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer in the College of Computing. The dean reports directly to the Provost in support of the Provost’s role as the University’s Chief Academic Officer. The dean works with other administrators (vice presidents, deans, directors, and department chairs) as well as faculty, staff, and students to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service as well as the new charge of elevating computing throughout Michigan Technological University curricula. The dean is responsible for cultivating culture and collegiality, fostering successful collaborations among personnel within the College of Computing, other areas of the University, and external constituencies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned):

  • Lead the College of Computing in developing and implementing research and education strategies in support of the goals of the University strategic plan.
  • Actively engage in fundraising and other advancement activities in order to obtain resources that support the continual growth and improvement of students, faculty, staff, programs, and infrastructure of the College and the University.
  • Enhance and develop relationships with key external constituents, including alumni, government, industry, and foundations to support departments, the College, and the University.
  • Enhance and develop relationships and communications with students and student organizations to cultivate inclusive communities and increase retention.
  • Lead planning, decision-making, and resource allocation activities within the College of Computing; provide oversight for decisions made at the departmental level.
  • Identify and implement new initiatives within the College of Computing and/or in partnership with other academic units in order to promote growth in alignment with emerging, developing, and/or priority areas.
  • Lead the College of Computing in increasing and maintaining a safe, diverse, inclusive, welcoming, and equitable learning and work environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Supervise College of Computing associate deans, College of Computing department chairs, and Director of Administration who oversees staff.
  • Make recommendations to the provost and president regarding hiring, tenure, and promotion for tenured and tenure-track faculty, and appointments and renewals of non-tenure-track faculty and academic administrators within the College of Computing.
  • Comply with and provide leadership for initiatives associated with accreditation of departments and programs within the College of Computing and University.


Administrative supervision is exercised over associate deans, department chairs, as well as the Director of Administration who supervises staff within the College of Computing.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Earned Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a computing or closely related discipline.
  • Administrative experience at or above a level equivalent to a department chair or head leading in an academic institution or in a research-oriented organization.
  • Experience in managing and leading PhD-level (or equivalent) individuals.
  • Experience in promoting a culture of safety and collegiality as a professional value and an essential component of day-to-day activities.
  • Experience increasing diversity and inclusivity as well as cultivating a welcoming and equitable environment for all students, faculty and staff.


  • Evidence of activity with a broad spectrum of stakeholders that include representatives from academia, industry, funding agencies, etc.
  • Experience teaching at the college level.
  • Record of independent and collaborative scholarship consistent with that expected for a Professor in the College of Computing.
  • Experience in fostering interdisciplinary research and/or bridge programs
  • Experience in fostering entrepreneurial activities in the context of a new and growing college
  • Experience in generating resources through coordinated fundraising efforts.
  • Experience in attracting resources from government agencies, industry, and philanthropic sources.
  • Experience developing new policies, administrative procedures, culture, degrees and/or collaborations within a new organization, entity, or group.



  • Ability to articulate a clear short-term (6-months, 1-year, 3-year) growth vision that compliments a long-term strategy for the College of Computing’s multiple roles within Michigan Tech.
  • Ability to serve as a thought leader on the future of computing research and student-centric education, ideally in a manner complimentary to rural communities.
  • Ability to articulate and implement a proactive fundraising vision and strategic campaign for the College of Computing.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral/written communication, and presentation skills.
  • Proven leadership ability and collaborative management skills.
  • Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and the ability to manage budgets.
  • Demonstrated success in building partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated success in growing and supporting a student body.
  • Experience with and commitment to shared governance.


The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, statement of vision, resume/CV, statement of diversity and inclusion, and the names and contact information of five or more references) or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Michigan Technological University.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm by August 3, 2020

For additional information, please contact:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-804-1996 x109 or x113
pwilliams@parkersearch.com | eraines@parkersearch.com  

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview and we offer career exploration advice and assistance finding positions at the University and in the local community https://www.mtu.edu/provost/programs/partner-engagement.

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