Dean of School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

University of Washington

United States

Dean of School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


Position Overview

Organization: University of Washington, Bothell

Title: Dean of School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


Position Details


Position Description

The School of STEM is committed to becoming a leading force for transformative higher education in the region and the nation and seeks a dynamic and committed Dean to achieve this vision. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA), the Dean is a key member of the leadership team and this position will have unparalleled opportunities to advance innovative teaching and research in the area of STEM.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON: As a UW employee, you will have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. These strengths contribute to UW’s national recognition as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.  

As part of the University of Washington tri-campus system (Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma), UW Bothell is a non-doctoral campus that offers a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond. 

Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell.  We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement

SCHOOL OF STEM ( The UW Bothell School of STEM was approved by the University of Washington Board of Regents in 2013 in response to the need for a greater number of STEM graduates to meet the demands of industry in Washington State.  As a collaborative, scholarly and professional community, the School envisions being a leader in providing accessible, innovative, and effective education and research that promotes responsible engagement with society. Our core values include collaboration across disciplines and among students, faculty, staff, and community partners; opportunities for all students to succeed and become effective critical thinkers; rigor in the development of research that is globally recognized and serves our students and society; and engagement through challenging and active learning experiences and enriching student-faculty interactions. 

The interdisciplinary faculty in the School of STEM integrate these values to create transformative learning-centered approaches that are based on the highest professional standards. Coming from diverse disciplines with both academic and practice dimensions, our faculty build partnerships with employers, government agencies, policy makers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, advocacy groups and other regional resources to connect students with professional practice opportunities. Faculty and staff are committed to providing access to students from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented populations.  Currently, 42% of STEM students at UW Bothell are from diverse backgrounds, 30% of STEM students are female, and 40% of STEM faculty are female.

The School of STEM is the largest school at UW Bothell with over 1,500 full time students enrolled in STEM disciplines including Biological Sciences, Computing and Software Systems, Engineering & Mathematics, and Physical Sciences.  UW Bothell developed 18 new undergraduate and master’s level STEM degrees in the last five years and ranks second in the state of Washington for the number of Bachelor of Science graduates in computer science each year. The School of STEM will have even further impact with a new state-funded interdisciplinary Biomedical initiative that includes adding faculty and staff over the next three years who will collaborate to prepare additional students for exciting career opportunities in the adjacent biomedical industry sector. In addition, the School of STEM received funding for a new 100,000 square foot STEM building that will complement the existing state-of-the art STEM facilities at the UW Bothell campus. 


The faculty rank of this full-time, 12- month appointment is tenured full professor. 

The anticipated start date of this position is July 1, 2020.

A faculty-led committee has been formed to advise the VCAA on this search and will be assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Confidential inquiries, and nominations may be directed to the firm as indicated at the end of this document.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Work closely with University leadership to foster a collaborative intellectual environment, support faculty, staff and students, bolster current programs and conceive new initiatives.
  2. Collaborate with other deans and academic staff leadership to expand the breadth and depth of education programs offered in traditional (classroom) and non-traditional (online or hybrid) formats.
  3. Actively work with Advancement and Communications staff to promote the mission and values of the School of STEM to both internal and external audiences.
  4. Understand the external landscape of non-traditional students, their evolving needs and the various partnerships and relationships that will allow the University to effectively reach and serve them.
  5. Evaluate, monitor and guide successful financial outcomes for the STEM School.

General Leadership Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

  1. Provides Seasoned Judgment: applies broad knowledge and seasoned experience when addressing complex issues; defines strategic issues clearly despite ambiguity; takes all critical information into account when making decisions; makes timely, tough decisions; foresees obstacles and opportunities and mitigates for them.
  2. Inspires Trust: Establishes open, candid, trusting relationships; treats all individuals fairly and with respect; behaves in accord with expressed beliefs and commitments; maintains high standards of integrity.
  3. Empowers Others: Creates a climate that fosters personal investment and excellence; nurtures commitment to a common vision and shared values; gives people the opportunity of latitude to grow and achieve; promotes collaboration and teamwork.
  4. Collaborates, Influences and Negotiates: Creates a climate that engages others and fosters personal investment and excellence; helps shape stakeholder opinions; projects a positive image; works through conflicts in a timely way; negotiates win/win solutions.
  5. Demonstrates Mature Confidence & Adaptability: Realistically appraises own strengths and weaknesses; shares credit and visibility; maintains and projects confidence, maintains a positive outlook; works constructively under pressure; responds resourcefully to change and ambiguity.
  6. Champions Diversity as a Core Value: We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. Successful candidates will show evidence of meaningful engagement with diversity in current/previous leadership roles, teaching, mentoring, research, and/or service, and the potential to address questions of diversity, equity and inclusion in their courses and scholarship.  To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.


The successful candidate will have previously held a leadership role at a School/College considered to be a leader in STEM education and will have the following specific attributes:

  • An earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) in a discipline appropriate to the School of STEM;
  • A record of academic achievement necessary for a tenured appointment at the rank of full Professor;

Positive factors for consideration will include but aren’t limited to:

  • A record of successful and inspired academic leadership and administrative experience in higher education;
  • Experience with academic planning and implementation for undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Experience with accreditation processes and program assessment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in building a multicultural teaching and learning community;
  • Demonstrated experience in seeking external funds through philanthropy, funded research development, and other revenue generating activities;
  • Knowledge and proven track record of successfully managing in a Responsibility Center Management fiscal environment;
  • Proven track record of mentorship of faculty and staff, and of creating an environment for mentoring activities
  • Experience in the application and evaluation of the scholarship of discovery, of integration, of application, and of pedagogy;
  • Experience with building partnerships, and fostering collaboration between the university and a wide range of STEM partners, as well as community engagement generally;
  • The ability to listen to and respect divergent views while building consensus and collegiality;
  • Experience in developing collaborative initiatives with other units within an institution and in working effectively on behalf of the unit within a complex university system; and
  • Successful track record of facilitating professional development and advancement for faculty across all ranks and staff across all positions.


When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.  Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled.

Required Documents

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Five Professional References with Contact Information
  4. Application and Contact Information
  5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.


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