***INTERNAL ONLY*** Associate Dean/Professor - 22655BR

***INTERNAL ONLY*** Associate Dean/Professor

Engineering Administration
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The School of Engineering is inviting current KU tenured Faculty members (Associate/Full Professor) to apply for the Associate Dean for Research.

The Associate Dean for Research (ADR) in the School of Engineering leads the School’s research agenda, consistent with the University’s place among the nation’s most prestigious Universities in the American Association of Universities (AAU). The ADR’s primary responsibility is to promote the highest levels of world-class research excellence. In order to achieve this goal, the ADR develops and implements programs and initiatives to raise the School’s research profile, increases the School’s research funding levels, and enhances the School’s scholarly productivity. The ADR coordinates the research activities of the School by identifying research opportunities, communicating the School's research capabilities to external constituencies, mentoring early- career and mid-career faculty in establishing research programs, fostering an inclusive research environment, facilitating research initiatives, assembling collaborative interdisciplinary teams, cultivating team leaders, interacting with research sponsors, and promoting the research and scholarly advancement of the School of Engineering faculty, research staff, and students.

The ADR reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Dean of Engineering.

The ADR will hold a 40%-time administrative appointment in the School of Engineering, with the remaining 60% appointment in the ADR's academic department. The percentage appointment can be negotiated based on the level of research, teaching, and service in which the ADR will engage, outside the scope of the Associate Dean role.

The ADR’s compensation will be a negotiable combination of administrative supplement and/or partial summer salary. The ADR’s academic department will receive partial financial support.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. KU’s vision is to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other and advances society. The Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan was developed around three Institutional Priorities: creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. Additional information is available at https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/.

Job Description

Teaching/Research/Service (60%)
  • Current tenured appointment
  • Departmental faculty activities of teaching, research, and service

Leadership & Program Development (10%)

  • Increase the School’s research funding levels and implement strategies to increase the School’s research stature
  • Expand the School’s research portfolio
  • Lead research initiatives, coordinate strategic research directions, and develop policies to enhance research
  • Represent Engineering and serve on research-relevant School and University committees
  • Provide leadership and guidance for all constituencies conducting research in the School
  • Work with the Dean, Associate Deans, Center Directors, and Department Chairs on research initiatives and programs
  • Serve as the liaison and work with the University’s Office of Research, including Research Development and Corporate Partnerships
  • Facilitate research-related faculty mentoring (early career and mid-career)
  • Contribute to the School’s goal of diversity and inclusive excellence in research endeavors in all matters of research administration
  • Assist faculty and research staff in finding, applying for, and securing external research sponsorship
  • Oversight of graduate recruitment (scholarships, travel, etc.)
  • Lead the Undergraduate Research Fellows (UGRF) program
  • Responsible for other related duties and special projects, as assigned by the Dean

Fostering Collaborations (10%)

  • Develop, facilitate, coordinate, and promote multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary collaborative research partnerships and initiatives
  • In collaboration with Research Development and Corporate Partnerships, assemble interdisciplinary teams that can develop new research programs; cultivate the future leaders of large research programs; and organize events to promote research collaborations and external relationships
  • Work with Graduate Engineering Association (GEA)
  • Work across the University to develop interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Represent the School at the national level by developing strong relationships with government, academic, foundation, and industry partners
  • Interact with state, federal, and corporate sponsors to map their research needs to faculty strengths
  • Visit and host potential research sponsors and research collaborators

Research Administration (10%)

  • Manage research-related administrative functions
  • Manage internal funding opportunities and oversee the awarding of internal grants
  • Leverage University, state, industry, and foundation funding sources to strengthen proposals
  • Manage the School’s responsibilities for approval and routing of proposals submitted by faculty and research staff
  • Manage internal proposal reviews and administer external proposal reviews
  • Manage matching-fund and cost-sharing requests

Outreach (5%)

  • Promote industry research interactions and technology transfer while growing industry funding levels
  • Promote research programs of faculty, research staff, and students
  • Communicate research results to the media and share on the School’s social media venues
  • Promote visibility of the School’s research programs within local, regional, national and international organizations and communities

Managing Data & Dissemination (5%)

  • Collect, analyze, and disseminate relevant data on research programs and awards
  • Develop and maintain a research database on faculty and research-staff areas of expertise
  • Use analytics programs/data to identify research opportunities, potential honorific awards/recognitions, and possible collaborations
  • Understand emerging areas of research that are responsive to the strategic priorities of federal agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH, DoD, FAA, DoE, NASA, etc.) and grand challenges
  • Organize research-grant information sessions
  • Disseminate knowledge of federal, state, and industrial funding opportunities and trends
  • Disseminate knowledge of national and international research organizations, institutional partnerships, and research collaborations

Required Qualifications

  • Tenured KU School of Engineering faculty, with preference for Full Professorship
  • Significant record of externally funded research and scholarly accomplishments

Additional Candidate Instructions

This position is open only to University of Kansas faculty only.

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin July 25, 2022 and continues until position is filled.

Advertised Salary Range

Current academic year salary, plus an administrative supplement and summer salary as determined by the Dean of the School of Engineering

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