University of California, Riverside

Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

BCOE Dean Search

Leadership Profile

Job Description

Position Purpose:

The recruitment is open to all applicants.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) leads one of UCR’s seven colleges and schools. BCOE comprises five departments collectively offering 9 Bachelor degree programs, 8 Master’s degree programs, and 6

Ph.D. programs. The College has quickly grown in size and distinction since its founding in 1989. It is

now home to around 2,600 undergraduates, nearly 800 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty with annual research expenditures approaching $40 million. More information about the College can be found at:

The Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering is responsible for all aspects of the operation and continued development and growth of the College. Major responsibilities include developing and executing a strategic vision for the College; academic planning and implementation; management of financial, space, and instructional resources; faculty and staff recruitment, retention, evaluation and development; industry and community relations; fund raising; and student recruitment and advising. The Dean is responsible for increasing the national and international visibility of the College, growing the research enterprise, promoting student success and satisfaction, and further enhancing faculty, staff, and student diversity. The Dean is also responsible for implementing elements of the university’s current strategic plan (UCR 2020) and for contributing to the development and execution of the university’s next strategic plan.

This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position.

75% Leadership

The Dean will:

  • Provide academic and administrative vision and leadership for the College and oversee all aspects of the teaching, research and public service missions.
  • Continue to raise the national and international profile of the College in significant and measurable ways.
  • Provide leadership for academic planning and implementation in the College, ensuring coordination with the overall campus academic plan.
  • Increase the College’s revenue from grants, contracts, corporate funding, and gifts.
  • Serve as the chief fundraiser and focal point for all external relations (e.g., community, industry, media, government) on behalf of the College in coordination with the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.
  • Enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff, and student body of the College and promote a healthy and inclusive campus climate.
  • Serve as a member of the campus leadership team, and advise the Provost and Chancellor on a wide range of issues related to the University’s operation.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state laws and system-wide and campus policies, including Academic Senate regulations, principles of shared governance, and affirmative action policies.
  • Represent the College and participate in internal campus-wide policy and program discussions.
  • Handle sensitive issues with diplomacy, tact, and confidentiality.
  • Adhere to the UCR Principles of Community.

25% Programming and Organizational Change

The Dean will, with respect to the College:

  • Oversee student affairs, including academic advising, student well-being, and special initiatives, to promote student success and satisfaction.
  • Support and facilitate faculty-led funding proposals for research, education, and outreach especially from competitive federal sources. Provide administrative and technical support for externally funded activities.
  • Review academic personnel files and make recommendations for actions (e.g. appointment, retention, merit, promotion).
  • Allocate and manage resources, including faculty and staff, facilities, and financial resources within the context of the academic plan.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Senate to achieve innovative curricular changes that promote student success and satisfaction.
  • Work collaboratively with deans, vice provosts, and other campus leaders to implement curricular and organizational innovations (e.g. enrollment management, pedagogical technologies, course availability, advising).

Required Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, and Competencies

  • A distinguished academic record commensurate with the rank of Professor at the University of California.
  • Significant experience leading a major unit in a university or relevant organization, for example, as a dean, associate dean, department chair, or center director.
  • An understanding of the importance of, and demonstrated success in, promoting diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff, and students.
  • Experience in defining and executing a strategic vision for an organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a leadership team.
  • Experience with external engagement and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change both within and outside the organization to achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and resolve organizational problems. Includes the ability to assess risks, apply technical knowledge, manage stakeholders, and exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, and Competencies

  • Comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing colleges of engineering in public research universities.
  •  Thorough knowledge of university administrative organization, policies, procedures and practices including the principle of shared governance.
  •  Familiarity with ABET accrediting requirements and procedures.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Search Committee Members

2017-18 BCOE Dean Search Committee

Julia Bailey-Serres, Professor of Genetics
Matthew Barth, CE-CERT, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gordon Bourns, Chair of the BCOE Council of Advisors
Victor Rodgers, Professor of Bioengineering
Ashok Mulchandani, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Walid Najjar, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Maurizio Pellecchia, Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Milagros Peña, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Harry Tom, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Sabrina Schuster, FAO Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Tom Stahovich, Search Committee Chair, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Jaime M Stewart, Bioengineering Graduate Student

Contact Information

Cati Mitchell-Crossley | Managing Associate | Isaacson, Miller 415.655.4913 | 1000 Sansome Street | Suite 300 | San Francisco, CA 94111

Inquiries, nominations and expressions of interest, can be sent in confidence to Cati Mitchell-Crossley and Sheila Bharucha, via Isaacson and Miller’s website at To be considered please apply via AP Recruit. The position will remain open until filled, but candidate materials should be received by January 12, 2018 to ensure full consideration. The recruitment will be conducted in confidence until finalists are invited for campus visits at which time professional references will also be contacted.

Esperanza Steward
Senior Human Resources Analyst
Office of the Chancellor and Provost/EVC
University of California, Riverside
(951) 827-1121

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