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Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

The University of Delaware invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.  The Dean provides academic leadership for 72 core faculty, 20 programs and research centers in 1 School (the School of Marine Science and Policy) and 2 departments (Geography and Geological Sciences) in an interdisciplinary college that currently has 407 undergraduate and 128 graduate students. Including contracts and grants, the overall budget for the activities in the College exceeds $55 million.

We seek an accomplished scientist with an international reputation in a relevant discipline, and demonstrated administrative experience.  The successful candidate will catalyze new synergies and chart innovative directions in research and education, with concurrent goals of driving basic discoveries to achieve a better understanding of Earth and Ocean processes, and training of the next generations of scientists, to enable society cope with the challenges of sustaining a habitable world amidst rapidly changing conditions.

The Dean will provide vision and leadership for the college to support the overarching educational mission of the University of Delaware, espousing its values of academic rigor, intellectual engagement, creativity, and innovation, relying on the following qualifications:

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an outstanding academic record consistent with a senior faculty appointment.

• Experience in recruiting and retaining faculty of excellence.

• Ability to manage a complex academic enterprise in a collaborative manner.

• Ability to foster both vigorous research programs and excellent, innovative undergraduate and graduate education across the breadth of disciplines within the college.

• Ability to promote the college’s interests with internal and external constituencies within the State and at the national/international level.

• Commitment to interdisciplinary and multicultural education, with a record of promoting diversity.

• An earned doctorate or equivalent degree in one of the disciplines or related fields in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

The Dean has control over the budget and responsibility for balancing funding priorities.  Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean occupies a key role in the life of the University and must function effectively as part of the central administrative team, and participate actively in University development activities.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware’s beautiful main campus is located in Newark, Delaware, an attractive college town within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.  With one of the most beautiful campuses on the East Coast, UD is a community of 18,000 undergraduate, 3,800 graduate, and 700 continuing education students.  UD offers 140 bachelor’s programs, 121 master’s programs, 61 doctoral programs, and 15 dual degree graduate programs.  UD also offers an Associate in Arts program that is managed by the College of Arts and Sciences.  The University has a commitment to teaching excellence and innovation.  UD is a Land, Sea and Space Grant institution and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity (R1) – a designation accorded to less than three percent of U.S. colleges and universities.  Total sponsored expenditures at the University are approximately $200 million annually.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment has faculty, staff, students, and facilities on the main campus in Newark, Del., which is the research and teaching base for faculty in geography, geological sciences, marine policy, and physical ocean sciences and engineering, and at the 62-acre Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del., the research and teaching base for faculty in marine biosciences and oceanography. Although these campuses are physically located 90 miles apart, the learning and interaction is fully connected through our ITV classrooms. 

Application Instructions:

The Dean will assume office on July 1, 2017.  Applicants must apply online at using the Interfolio® system. Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence.  Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four references. The University of Delaware is committed to inclusive excellence through diversity in its educational programs and employment practices and especially encourages women and people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and disability statuses to apply for this position. The University is also supportive of the needs of dual-career couples. Application review will begin by 15 November 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.