The new Dean will likely come from a background of substantive leadership within higher education, although outstanding academically qualified leaders from public or private sector environments will be considered. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of excellent financial and management skills, the ability to make difficult choices, to understand competing priorities, and to make decisions under constraints. The Dean will demonstrate a track record of commitment to student and faculty success, to diversity, to strong engagement with diverse constituents, to building diverse leadership teams, and to securing resources to support the School. Above all, the Dean must be a passionate advocate for ECS with the ability to articulate a vision for its unique place as a school of engineering and computer science within a Christian research university.
The following qualifications and experience are essential:
- A strong record of distinguished leadership. In higher education, this would include successful leadership at the Chair, Director, Dean, or equivalent leadership level that involves leading an executive team; hiring and supporting faculty; and building programs in undergraduate education, doctoral education, and online education;
- Demonstrated Christian faith and commitment to advancing the academic enterprise and mission of Baylor through strategic faculty, staff, and student recruitment, retention, recognition, and development;
- An earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree with academic qualifications and record of accomplishment as a scholar that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in an academic discipline represented within the School;
- A commitment to research as the foundation for learning, teaching, and practical application; a vision for the important role of ECS within a research-intensive university; and an understanding of how to support faculty in their research efforts;
- Demonstrated experience as an intellectual leader with the breadth of vision necessary to represent all areas of the School, develop a shared vision for the future, and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts;
- Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, fiscal management, and resource allocation, and the ability to lead, facilitate, and delegate with effectiveness;
- Enthusiasm and ability to contribute actively to substantial development and fundraising efforts; to elevating ECS’s profile within the national and international engineering and computer science community; and to growing relationships with industry partners. A proven track record of successful fundraising is highly desirable;
- Commitment to diversity among faculty, staff, and students, along with an understanding of how to advance a culture that promotes inclusion and welcomes and encourages dialogue across lines of difference;
- Demonstrated ability to create and nurture an environment that values faculty and staff contributions, recognizes excellence, supports innovation, and promotes a positive atmosphere of achievement and selfless service for students, faculty, staff, and alumni;
- Personal and professional integrity, strength of character, humility, a strong sense of stewardship, and ethical qualities of the highest order.
- Ability to set priorities and make and explain tough decisions; strong problem-solving skills; ability to collaborate with, connect, and convene multiple stakeholders;
- Exceptional collegiality as reflected in a commitment to an environment of shared governance, consultation, and participatory decision-making;
- Exceptional communication ability to include listening skills and a passion for articulating the vision and mission of the School and raising its visibility, an open and transparent approach to communications, and the humility to admit mistakes;
- A high degree of energy, optimism, enthusiasm, self-awareness, and flexibility; ability to instill confidence; a good sense of humor; and excitement about the possibilities for ECS and its continued growth towards excellence.
While no one candidate will likely possess them all, the successful candidate will bring a blend of many of the following competencies and personal qualities:
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