Dean, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NS&M), consisting of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Science/Mathematics Education. The number of full-time NS&M faculty members is approximately 173, with 103 in the tenure system.
The elements of NS&M constituted the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (SCAS) created by the founders of Texas Instruments in the 1960s. This research institute was given to the State of Texas in 1969 to create The University of Texas at Dallas, a component of The University of Texas System. During UT Dallas’s 50 years of growth, the faculty of NS&M have continued to provide the essential foundations of the university’s undergraduate and graduate instructional programs, while maintaining the emphasis on research excellence that is the heritage of SCAS.
The academic profile of UT Dallas has evolved beyond NS&M over this history to feature large and nationally distinguished programs in business and engineering, operating in the Naveen Jindal School of Management and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, respectively. Concurrently, focused programs of distinction have developed in UT Dallas’s Schools of Arts and Humanities; Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; and Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
UT Dallas experienced rapid growth during the past dozen years, the number of students doubling to today’s 29,000, with concurrent growth in teaching and research facilities. This growth in size has been matched by increased recognition of the university’s excellence in terms of student quality and faculty achievements. In 2016, UT Dallas was elevated to the highest category of research universities in the Carnegie classification, and in 2018 was recognized as one of Texas’s three “Emerging Research Universities” in an incentive program created by the Texas Legislature. In 2019, UT Dallas was named the #2 Fastest Growing Public Doctoral University in the Country by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The hallmarks of the reputation for excellence that UT Dallas enjoys are the quantity and quality of our faculty’s research and the academic quality of our student body. The latter is most easily characterized by National Merit Scholars numbering 195 in Fall 2019, up 13% from the previous year in which UT Dallas ranked ninth place among all U.S. universities in terms of National Merit Scholars in the freshman class. The central university priority for the coming decade is to increase the number of faculty in the tenure system to better match current enrollment levels and keep the momentum in research excellence.
The Dean of NS&M, working closely with the Provost and with the Dean’s team of Department Heads, will have the primary responsibility for strengthening the school’s faculty in all of its dimensions, thus providing the university’s superb students with expert and caring instruction while improving the school’s productivity in funded research on a per capita faculty basis. Much of this strengthening must come from the judicious hiring and mentoring of new faculty to replace retirees and to scale up faculty size to match increased enrollment numbers. The Dean is responsible for allocating and monitoring the $30 million of general university funds allocated to NS&M by the Provost, for oversight of faculty workload and teaching and research achievements. In particular, the Dean is responsible for the School’s recommendations to the Provost concerning faculty promotion and tenure.
The new Dean should have a record of scholarly achievements, excellence in teaching and service appropriate for a tenured faculty appointment in one of the School’s Departments. Essential qualifications include significant administrative experience of leading and evaluating faculty, ideally as a leader of a science department of significant size and research orientation.
Materials will be accepted until the position is filled. For priority consideration, please apply by June 15, 2020. Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant’s motivation to apply.
To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:
The University of Texas at Dallas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University