Dean, College of Engineering

University of Delaware

The University seeks a forward-looking, engaged, and strategic new Dean of its College of Engineering with a deep commitment to innovation, diversity, and collaborative excellence in research and education. 

University of Delaware is the flagship university within the historic First State of Delaware with a uniquely influential location at the nexus of intersecting large-scale industry hubs as well as direct connectivity to national labs and federal and state government. The College of Engineering plays a pivotal and influential leadership role within the University and the state, with a research portfolio representing ~54% of total institutional sponsored research and a student body representing 16% of the institution’s overall student population. 

Reflecting Delaware’s strong trajectory of growth and commitment to excellence in education and scholarship, the College has spearheaded unprecedented national leadership roles for UD in major endeavors – e.g., headquarters of the Manufacturing USA institute NIIMBL (National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals), and leadership of critical workforce development activities in the Biden-Harris administration’s new MACH2 Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub. Since 2020, five new >$10M federally-funded research and education centers have been established by engineering faculty in areas ranging from plastics waste transformation to musculoskeletal regeneration to coastal resilience. With the state’s dual IDeA and EPSCoR designations, and UD’s position as a land, sea, and space grant university and NSF HERD ranking in the top 8% nationally, the College is ideally positioned for further growth.

The Dean of the College of Engineering is the chief academic and executive officer of the College, reporting directly to the Provost of the University, and serving as a member of the University’s senior leadership team. The next engineering dean will be uniquely positioned to further define the College’s institutional and external leadership portfolio and reputation. The dean will be charged with key roles in advancing campus development, including new and revitalized engineering infrastructure on the STAR and main campuses, advancing UD’s interactions and visibility with Congressional representatives and the Delaware Governor’s office, and further delineating Delaware’s expanding philanthropic pipeline and portfolio of institutional collaborations and industry, academic, and government partnerships.

For additional information about the position and the College please review the Search Website and formal Position Specification.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held.

The University of Delaware has retained Ilene H. Nagel, John D. Simon and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via email to:

Ilene H. Nagel, John D. Simon & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

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