Human Resources Employment Opportunities

Dean for College of Science and Mathematics

Job no: 497288
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: CSM - Dean's Office
Date opened: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

General Summary: 

The University of Massachusetts Boston seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of Dean of its College of Science and Mathematics.

The college has over 3400 undergraduate students, approximately 270 graduate students, 91 tenured or tenure-track members of the faculty and more than 76 non-tenure track instructors. The college provides curricula leading to BA, BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees through seven departments and programs: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics.  For the period 2008 – 2017, the College saw an overall enrollment growth of over 90% and research expenditures growth of 315%, both the largest of any college within the University and continued growth is anticipated. Its intellectually distinguished faculty has gained international recognition. For more information, see

As the chief academic officer of the college, the dean reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Working in close collaboration with the campus administrative team, the dean provides intellectual and administrative leadership for academic programs and student success, research and scholarship, and fund raising. 

The successful dean candidate will be an innovator: a scientist or mathematician with openness to new ideas, and a leader infused with a collaborative spirit. The dean will be a distinguished scholar at the level of full professor who is ready to seize the opportunities that the thriving research environment of greater Boston offers and to expand the college's research profile. The new dean should have experience with the evaluation of faculty, with program development, and with budget planning, and should demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the research environment and success of the college and university. Candidates should exhibit impeccable judgment and a commitment to academic excellence and diversity in all its forms. The ability to articulate the excitement that surrounds STEM fields in our time both to university audiences and to the broader universe of community partners, elected officials, and business leaders will be essential.   

One of five campuses in the University of Massachusetts System, UMass Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities and is designated as an institution of "higher research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Located on Boston Harbor in one of the most dynamic and culturally rich cities in the US, it is the metropolitan area's only public research university. UMass Boston is composed of ten colleges and schools with programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the physical and life sciences, management, education, nursing and health sciences, and public policy. UMass Boston boasts an exceptionally diverse student body of almost 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Application Instructions:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Credential review will begin on January 4, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Expressions of interest, including a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile and a curriculum vitae, should be submitted to the candidate portal by clicking

Inquiries, nominations, and questions may be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search, Lucy Leske and Jessica Herrington, at All inquiries will be treated in confidence.

Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.

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