Dean of the College of Engineering Search

Position Announcement

Dean, College of Engineering

Lamar University

Lamar University, a public, Carnegie Doctoral Research University, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering. The College, recently ranked 2nd in the U.S. among the "Best Cities for Chemical Engineers" and 11th for "Top ROI Schools for Engineering Majors," has been central to the major transformation of the institution over the past decade, and seeks a dynamic and visionary leader experienced in the development and nurturing of undergraduate and graduate programs of excellence, providing effective support to faculty for the conduct of applied and basic research and the attraction of funding to support it from a variety of agencies and industries, the creation of entrepreneurial and fundraising activities, development of centers of excellence, and the management of a complex academic unit underpinned by collegiality and inclusiveness. The College of Engineering contains five academic departments (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering), numerous research centers (three for environmental research, Center for Fuel Cell and Energy Systems, Green Composite Research Center, Center of Transportation/Ports and Waterways, Center for Process and Information Technology, Aldredge Air Quality Modeling Center, Material Instrumentation Center, Renewable Energy Center), has 38 full-time faculty, 15 full-time staff, more than 800 undergraduate majors and 300 graduate students, and attracts approximately $3.5 million annually in external funding. Programs in the College have been designated by the State as well as by the university community as initiatives of excellence. The Dean will hold the endowed Charles and Eleanor Garrett Chair in Engineering and is the chief executive officer of the college, budgetary and programmatic authority, and academic leader of the College, a member of the Academic Council of Deans, and a direct report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


  • An earned doctorate in engineering.
  • A record of teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient for appointment as a full professor with tenure.
  • Evidence of successful, progressive and entrepreneurial leadership at the level of department chair or above.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal, communication, and facilitation/collaboration skills (with specific focus on cross disciplinary teaching and research initiatives).
  • High academic and ethical standards and unquestioned personal and professional integrity.
  • Successful experience in strategic planning and fundraising.
  • Ability to develop and communicate a shared vision and mission within and external to the college.
  • Commitment to shared governance and to enhancing cultural diversity among students, faculty and staff.
  • Knowledge of and experience with ABET accreditation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to technology transfer, commercialization, and creation of partnerships to foster regional economic development, to include the establishment of research and professional collaborations with industry.

The University is located in Beaumont, Texas, a city of approximately 120,000 located about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 90 miles from Houston, and 40 miles from the Louisiana border. Beaumont is the center of one of the largest refining and petrochemical complexes in the nation; in a region arguably the energy hub of the country. It serves the entire area as the focus for government, education, business, health care, entertainment, and culture, and is also the gateway to the Big Thicket National Preserve, a national eco-tourism treasure. With a deepwater port, enviable rail infrastructure, abundant supplies of water, and a workforce capable of designing, building, and operating billion dollar investments, Beaumont has it all. Lamar University, a member of the Texas State University System, has experienced a tremendous re-birth over the past decade, with enrollment steadily increasing to more than 15,000. It has been recognized nationally for its general education core curriculum, leadership in online education, being one of the 100 most diverse campuses in the country, and selection as a member of the Honor Roll of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Great Colleges to Work For."

Additional information about the university and the college is available at

The position is available in fall, 2014. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience.

Review of application materials will begin on February 15, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of interest (or nomination) addressing qualifications, a current curriculum vita, and the names, addresses, e- mail, and telephone numbers for professional references to: Lamar Engineering Search, R. William Funk & Associates, 100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200, Dallas, TX  75205. Inquiries may be made to:  tyler.funk@rwilliamfunk.com214-295-3312 (fax).

Lamar University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, and Encourages Applications from Women and Other Groups Traditionally Underrepresented in Engineering

Lamar University is a Member of the Texas State University System