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Dean, School of Engineering

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Position Title Dean, School of Engineering
Division School of Engineering
Department Dean's Office
Vacancy Number 19-001
Work Location Macon
Hours per week
Scheduled Hours

Mercer University seeks an outstanding individual to become the next Dean of the School of Engineering. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Engineering and reports directly to the Provost of the University. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

Mercer University School of Engineering is a private engineering school located in Macon, GA. The school, founded in 1985, offers an ABET-accredited BSE degree with specialties in biomedical, electrical, environmental, civil, computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. B.S. degrees in industrial management and technical communication are also offered, as well as graduate MSE and ME degrees and a minor in Engineering for Development. Total enrollment is ~750 students with 37 full-time faculty members. The primary mission of the school is to prepare students to be practicing engineers who will contribute to a global society. Our highly collegial faculties are focused on engaging students in undergraduate research or service projects that solve local and international problems such as clean water, sanitation, food security, low-cost prosthetics, and other environmental and humanitarian concerns.

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning with more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at three Regional Academic Centers around the state. Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2016 named Mercer one of the 25 best values in the nation. Our more than 76,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities throughout Georgia, the Southeast and the world.


The successful candidate will possess, as a minimum, the following qualifications:
- A commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship
- A commitment to recruiting and retaining students; to recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty and staff; and to developing signature academic programs within the School of Engineering
- Academic leadership experience in ABET accreditation and in development of a growing program
- Successful experience in program development along with an effective administrative leadership style, with strong strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation
- A demonstrated desire and ability to work with community, industry, government, and professional leaders in the continued development of collaborative relations and external support
- Strong academic qualifications commensurate with the rank of professor in an engineering discipline including an earned doctorate from an accredited university/college
- An understanding and appreciation of the service mission of the University, which is rooted in our heritage

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Applications should include a cover letter summarizing qualifications and a full curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin on immediately and continue until the position is filled. All interested candidates must submit the above materials electronically through

Is a criminal background check needed for this position? Yes
Is a credit check needed for this position? No
Does this position require travel for University business in a rental car or University owned vehicle? No
Job Category Administrative
Job Type Full-Time
Pay Rate Commensurate with experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Pay Basis Monthly
Internal posting only? No
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
Optional Documents