George Mason University (Mason), Virginia's largest public research institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Science. Ranked among the top 30 most innovative national universities by U.S. News and World Report, Mason is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with unsurpassed geographical access to federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, and FDA, international organizations, and major corporations across a myriad of industries. Created a decade ago when the College of Science (COS) moved from the College of Arts and Sciences, the COS houses eight departments and one school: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences; Biology; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Computational and Data Sciences; Environmental Science and Policy; Geography and Geoinformation Science; Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and the School of Systems Biology. Other programs in the College include: Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science, Neuroscience, and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. In the decade since the formation of COS, the College has grown significantly in enrollment, academic programs, and research expenditures. In this context, the COS seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary Dean to propel the College forward and to advance its (inter)national reputation.
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean will oversee a College with more than 3,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 graduate students, who are taught by 149 tenure line faculty and 68 instructional faculty plus a robust cadre of adjunct faculty; in addition, 73 research faculty and staff contribute to the College's vibrant research activities. The COS is the second-largest ($37.7 million) funded academic unit at Mason, representing a little over one-fifth of the University's total. In FY19, the College generated 416 proposals, 282 awards, and $34.3 million in total expenditures, contributing 41% ($7.8 million) of the University's F&A (or indirect funds). Over the past five years, the value of award expenditures has grown by 33%.
The Dean's primary responsibility is to provide innovative leadership to the College (faculty, administrators, staff, and students) in all aspects of operation, including academic affairs, research, administration and planning, student recruitment and career placement, enrollment management and financial aid, financial management, and institutional advancement. The College's operating budget is $52 million.
Mason was the youngest university to attain Carnegie tier-one (R1) research university status. The University enrolls nearly 38,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries. Minorities comprise 49 percent of Mason students with little difference in graduation rates compared with others, which is contrary to national disparities in minority graduation rates. Also, 36% of Mason students are first generation college students. In December 2018, Mason concluded a ten-year, comprehensive campaign that raised more than $690 million to support its students, faculty, infrastructure and commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Interested candidates will have credentials for appointment as a Full Professor with tenure, including a terminal degree and a record of success in research. The ideal candidate will have administrative and management experience, demonstrated success at building programs, commitment to the teaching and research missions, and a genuine appetite and aptitude to engage in fundraising. The successful candidate must understand and value the importance of a diverse and inclusive community.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:
George Mason University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities and applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply to position number FA140Z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and attach a current CV and letter of interest. References will be requested upon the identification of a finalist.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46874
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.