John A. Edwardson Dean College of Engineering Purdue University
Purdue University seeks a leader with a compelling vision for excellence who will inspire faculty, attract both eminent and promising talent, and establish a common purpose to pursue preeminent status among public university colleges of engineering. Purdue’s College of Engineering is ranked 9th nationally and is among the largest in graduate and undergraduate engineering enrollments in America. Established in 1869, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant university, a comprehensive educational and research institution that is a member of the American Association of Universities (AAU). The West Lafayette Campus, located one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of downtown Chicago, has ten academic colleges with an enrollment of 40,000 students. Purdue’s strengths in Agriculture, Science, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Liberal Arts, Management, and the Health and Human Sciences contribute to a robust research and educational environment and complement Engineering’s world class programs. The College of Engineering has a proud tradition of leadership in education innovation and in creating programs for women and minorities in engineering that have become models for the rest of the country to emulate and follow. The Dean, reporting directly to the Provost, serves as the primary academic and administrative officer of the College of Engineering and plays a central role in leading Purdue’s College of Engineering to the next level of preeminence. An earned Ph.D. in an Engineering or related field is required.
The approximately 450 faculty in the College of Engineering include 3 recipients of the Medal of Technology, 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 133 Fellows in Engineering and Science Societies, 74 distinguished and named professors and 9 recipients of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The College has an endowment of over $400 million and research expenditures exceed $160 million. The prestigious Engineering Advisory Council for the College of Engineering boasts 37 accomplished members of the corporate and scientific communities. Purdue is proud of its nearly 90,000 engineering alumni, including Neil Armstrong and 23 fellow astronauts, and numerous global corporate CEOs. The College of Engineering is rated among the top American universities for the recruitment of students by industry.
Students in the College of Engineering choose from curricula in fourteen major schools/divisions. Since the first engineering degree awarded in 1878, the development of Purdue’s College of Engineering has reflected the dynamic growth of the profession of engineering and its increasing specializations. Recent investments in the College of Engineering have increased both faculty and staff by approximately 30%. Purdue has taken a leadership role as part of a national call to graduate 10,000 more engineers per year, enhancing our state and national capacity for innovation, economic growth and solutions to global grand challenges. Increased enrollment and the substantial recent investment in faculty, staff and facilities in the College of Engineering mean that Purdue University will graduate six to seven percent of the nation’s finest engineers.
The College has invested $165 million in new engineering buildings since 2002, and has two additional buildings currently underway: the Flex Lab, a 107,000 sq. ft. multidisciplinary research facility designed to encourage collaboration, team based research, learning and engagement among peers with diverse research interests, and the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, a 31,000 sq. ft. student project facility that will provide for short-term and multi-year create-design-build-display activities. Traditional academic buildings are complemented by specialized engineering research facilities, including the Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research, Herrick Laboratories which focuses on topics such as acoustics, noise, and vibration testing and houses the Center for High Performance Buildings, the Indiana Manufacturing Institute which serves as Purdue’s headquarters for the Advanced Composites National Manufacturing Network, and Zucrow Laboratories which supports research in large-scale turbomachinery, gas turbine combustors, wind tunnels, and various propulsion applications.
The campus also boasts Discovery Park, a place where challenge and innovation converge, a hub where researchers move beyond traditional boundaries, collaborating across disciplines and with policy makers and business leaders to create solutions for a better world. Nestled on 40 acres on the southwest edge of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, this complex of facilities provides open, collaborative research environments where interdisciplinary projects are connected throughout Purdue, Purdue Research Park and the world. As the largest university-affiliated incubation complex in the country, the Purdue Research Park unites discovery and delivery. The Park is a major player in commercialization and economic development in Indiana, and its impact extends well beyond the state borders. Purdue faculty, staff and students work within the Park to bring innovations to the people and economies that need them most. Its mission is simple: to serve Purdue and impact lives. Global industries such as GE and Rolls Royce have located in the Research Park to enhance interaction with the assets of this robust environment for innovation.
- Preeminent scholar with a rich record of academic achievement
- Distinguished record of administrative accomplishments, including the recruiting and retention of an excellent and diverse faculty, staff and students
- Ability to promote the College of Engineering and attract resources through sponsored programs and private donations
- Commitment to diversity
- Demonstrated commitment to the pinnacle of academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
- Ability to develop a clear vision for the future of engineering research and education and to lead faculty, foster interdisciplinary activities, and develop large scale research programs both within the College of Engineering and between Engineering and other Colleges in the University
- Commitment to the integration of engineering research and entrepreneurship for regional economic growth
- Evidence of collaboration with industry and private sector institutions
- Understanding and appreciation of the broad range of schools and programs in engineering
- Election to the United States National Academy of Engineering
- Commitment to the mission of a public, land grant university
- Experience related to the development and transfer of technology to create economic growth
- Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans
How to apply:
The Search Advisory Committee will begin screening candidates during the fall semester of 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is July 1, 2017. Purdue University encourages nominations and applications from candidates who are members of underrepresented groups. Nominations and applications should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or status as a veteran.