Dean, College of Engineering Technology

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative, Staff

Position Title: Dean, College of Engineering Technology  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

38000 - CET Deans Office

Advertised Salary: $160,000-$170,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The College of Engineering Technology enrolls 1,600 students in four schools, including the School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment; the School of Built Environment; the School of Design and Manufacturing; and the School of Engineering and Computing Technology (for the programs in each school, see the College website The College’s mission is to prepare graduates who have met its high academic standards for the current and future professional, industrial and business needs of the state, the nation and the world.

The successful candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering Technology will demonstrate strong commitment to student success through leadership experience, talent, articulation of a shared vision, and the ability to build, with the faculty, administration and staff, the future of the College. The anticipated start date of this position is July 2024, however, this is an estimated date and can be revised if needed.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: A terminal degree from an accredited program in an area represented in or closely aligned with the College of Engineering Technology.
We will also accept a terminal degree in Management (Engineering Management, DBM, etc.) provided the candidate also has a BS from an accredited program in an area represented in or closely aligned with the College of Engineering Technology.
Academic credentials and business/industry experience sufficient to qualify for tenure status in one of the departments/schools within the college.
Required Work Experience: Demonstrated work experience in higher education to include teaching, scholarship, and service.
Three years of demonstrated successful experience in academic administration, including evidence of ability to recruit, lead, serve, and develop a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
Comprehensive administrative skills, including oral and written communication, supervision, and budget management while maintaining confidentiality.
Demonstrated commitment to integrity, transparency, organization, and leadership.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated experience with a focus on student success, recruitment, retention, and graduation.
Demonstrated experience or ability to strengthen enrollment especially with underserved populations.
Evidence of a strong commitment to shared governance based on respect for faculty and staff.
Evidence of an ability to guide academic, strategic and diversity planning and reporting.
Evidence of an ability to advocate for resources within and beyond the University.
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Five or more years of documented full-time or equivalent industrial employment in a technical field related to a CET discipline.
Three or more years of demonstrated full-time or equivalent experience in higher education as a department chair/head or higher.
Prior experience with alumni, donor, and community partnerships and engagement.
Demonstrated understanding of collective bargaining agreements.
Prior experience with accreditation and assessment of academic programs.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: • Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the College and ensures an organized and productive environment that encourages achievement by faculty and administrators.
• Assure that the College serves students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness.
• Direct and coordinate leadership activities within the college
• Work collaboratively within the college to implement programs and services.
• Develop and manage specific college budget.
• Advise the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on academic matters, such as accreditation needs, development and assessment of academic programs, budget, and personnel matters.
• Develop, implement, and ensure that university and academic policies and procedures are followed.
• Work with accreditation agencies to achieve and maintain compliance and standards.
• Establish necessary communications and coordination with subordinates and superiors on all matters within their assigned responsibilities, through written and oral communications.
• Analyze challenges within the college and recommend solutions to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
• Pursuant to policies, procedures, and regulations and in collaboration with Human Resources, prepare and manage the college’s hiring process to promote excellence and enhance diversity and inclusion.
• Work effectively with faculty and staff in program planning, assessment, and curriculum development.
• Provide leadership for college fundraising efforts.
• Work with internal and external constituents regarding planning and funding for building maintenance and improvements.
• Carry out supervisory responsibilities, training and funding of assigned faculty and staff in accordance with university policies and applicable laws.
• Develop and maintain relationships with university administration, business, community, and individual and corporate supporters in the United States and around the world.
• In collaboration with the university’s mission, vision, strategic, enrollment and retention plans, develop and manage college plans to help achieve university goals.
• Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.
• Responsible for ensuring effective and appropriate administrative and laboratory support for all programs within the College.
• Maintain and develop Ferris’ leadership in identifying and implementing innovative solutions to current and future technical problems to provide increased opportunities for faculty and students.
• Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
• Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: • Attend workshops, seminars and conferences related to areas of responsibility.
• Serve and/or chair various University and community committees.
Skills and Abilities: • Ability to communicate effectively with a commitment to transparency and genuine listening.
• Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDACY: Applications should include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates is assisting Ferris State University for this search. Please contact Eric Christ, Senior Consultant (, cell: 614-800-9974) for further details. Phone: 614-798-8500.  
Initial Application Review Date:
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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