College of Engineering

COE Dean Search

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering.

The University of Texas at San Antonio was founded in 1969, and it is the third largest component in The University of Texas System. UTSA has been rapidly growing for much of the last decade and has gained national and international reputation as a research institution.  UTSA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ranked by the Carnegie Classification System as Research University-High Research Activity, and recognized as one of the top 100 universities worldwide under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education.

UTSA is an innovative metropolitan university that serves a diverse student body from across the nation and the world. More than 29,000 students are enrolled in 66 bachelor’s, 52 master’s, and 24 doctoral programs offered by  nine colleges and schools, including Engineering, Architecture, Business, Education & Human Development, Liberal & Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences, University College, an Honors College, and a Graduate School. UTSA provides access to excellence for large numbers of historically underserved students coming from groups underrepresented in higher education.  UTSA is located in San Antonio (Texas), the seventh-largest city in the United States and the second-largest city in Texas. The economy of San Antonio is an excellent mix of business services, manufacturing, health care, communications, corporate and regional offices, government, and the convention and tourism industry.

The College of Engineering comprises four departments (Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering) offering both undergraduate and graduate programs at all levels leading to Ph.D. degrees. The college also offers interdisciplinary M.S. programs in Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering and Advanced Materials Engineering. The college currently has approximately 92 full-time faculty, including 68 tenured and tenure­track faculty, and an enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduates and more than 500 graduate students annually. The well-established undergraduate programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering have been continuously accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 1984. The newly established undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering and computer engineering are well prepared for accreditation soon.

Hispanic Business Magazine has ranked the College of Engineering fifth in the nation among engineering graduate programs for Hispanics, and the university is sixth in the nation in awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees to Hispanic students. Additionally, according to US News and World Report, the graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Environmental Science and Engineering are ranked among the top programs in the nation.





Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the senior academic and administrative officer of the college and is responsible for setting strategic, operational, and financial directions. In those roles, the Dean has overall responsibilities for developing an effective collegial environment and strategic plan that support world-class research activities, academic excellence, and service to society.

The successful candidate will be expected to build on the college’s traditions and achievements and provide vision and strategic leadership in the development and growth of  the college and its resources, programs, and future directions. In addition, the Dean will lead the college to higher levels of academic excellence and research prominence. The development, implementation, and evaluation of academic programs and policies will be expected along with effective management of financial activities of the college. Forming collaborations with other UTSA colleges and institutes to enhance the research and academic missions will be important. Fostering relationships with local, state-wide, and national professional communities and overseeing the recruitment, appointment, retention, and promotion of a diverse and accomplished faculty and staff is expected. Fundraising for endowments and to support other college activities will also be part of the responsibilities.

The position requires significant experience in senior management leadership roles. Successful candidates are expected to have a terminal degree in one of the engineering disciplines.

Desired qualifications include a demonstrated record of visionary, innovative leadership in higher education or comparable professional arena; an established record as an exceptional teacher and scholar; outstanding communication and leadership skills to assist UTSA in becoming a Tier 1 institution; demonstrated administrative, budgeting, and governance skills; demonstrated interest and ability in development activity and other activities intended to enhance the academic and financial strength of the college and its units; demonstrated understanding of the research, instructional, and service needs of a college within a research university; demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a variety of internal and external constituencies; demonstrated commitment to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion activities; and experience in international activities and entrepreneurship.



Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting UTSA in the search.  Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  For full consideration, materials should be provided by ­­­­­­­­­­January 6, 2014.  Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five references.  Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit electronically a letter of nomination to include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be directed to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, or Judith Gingerich
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277
Fax: 850.650.2272

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities
are encouraged to apply.