Interim Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

From Philip Rous, Interim Provost

Applications are invited for the position of Interim Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS) at UMBC. The Interim Dean serves as the chief academic officer of CNMS, directing the management and business functions of the college, and working with the chairs, faculty and staff of its five departments to promote their undergraduate, graduate and research programs.

The Interim Dean will lead a college with strong enrollments, a productive faculty and staff, a cadre of excellent undergraduate and graduate students, a strong research enterprise and growing ties to external supporters. The Interim Dean will need strong fiscal management skills, a commitment to strategic planning, familiarity with UMBC’s traditions of shared governance, the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, department chairs and senior university leaders, an understanding of methods for advancing educational and research programs including raising public and private support. The Interim Dean will face specific challenges including ensuring the college’s financial stability; managing enrollments to ensure high quality educational experiences; developing clear criteria for faculty hiring that consider the inter-related factors of departmental needs, faculty retirements, space and start-up funding; supporting the development of research infrastructure; and increasing graduate student support. The Dean reports to the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is a member of the university’s leadership team.

Candidates for the position must be tenured full professors in CNMS. Candidates should posses a strong record of teaching, research, and external funding that demonstrates academic excellence, as well as strong credentials in managing academic affairs. Desired qualities include a collaborative leadership style; a strong commitment to undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral education, and faculty research; an ability to work with faculty across the disciplines and with other senior administrators; and a commitment to diversity.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a 2-3 page statement of the candidate’s understanding of the role of the Interim Dean and the challenges facing the college, and a current curriculum vitae in the UMBC format. Applications should be submitted electronically to Cathy Allison, Office of the Vice President for Research ( no later than noon on Friday, July 15, 2011. The search committee will be chaired by the Vice President for Research, Dr. Geoff Summers.

It is anticipated that the appointment will begin on August 1, 2011.


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