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The University of Texas at Arlington invites nominations and applications for the position of
Dean of the College of Engineering.

Reporting to the Provost, the next Dean of the College of Engineering will be an accomplished
leader who will set the intellectual tenor and the teaching and research standards for the
College. The Dean is responsible for managing and allocating financial, technical, and physical
resources. The College is comprised of seven academic departments: Bioengineering, Civil
Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and
Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering. The College also includes the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching
Facility and the Automation and Robotics Research Institute. The College encompasses 136
tenured and tenure-track faculty; an enrollment of 3,989; a staff of 99 administrative, technical,
and research positions; a budget of more than $25 million; and externally funded research
expenditures of approximately $45 million.            More information can be found at

The University of Texas at Arlington

Located in the heart of the economically flourishing and culturally diverse Dallas/Fort Worth
Metroplex, The University of Texas at Arlington is now the second-largest institution in the 15-
member University of Texas System. Founded in 1895 as a private liberal arts college, the
University has evolved through a succession of names and missions, becoming part of The
University of Texas System in 1965. With a diverse student body of approximately 33,000, a
faculty of 1,446, and a staff of 3,657, The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive
teaching, research, and public-service university. The University offers 81 baccalaureate, 75
master’s, and 30 doctoral programs through 11 colleges and schools: the School of Architecture,
College of Business Administration, College of Education and Health Professions, College of
Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing,
College of Science, School of Social Work, and School of Urban and Public Affairs. The
University is a leader in distance education, with online programs in education, engineering,
and business that are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Building on its ongoing commitment to increasing research, endowment funds, and doctoral
students, the University is actively working toward achieving the criteria laid out in 2009’s
Texas House Bill 51 that provides incentive funds to emerging research universities in the state
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that are pursuing Tier One research status. The University of Texas at Arlington’s FY2010
operating budget is $496 million, a 19% increase from just two years ago. Since 2001, the
University’s research expenditures have nearly doubled; in FY2009, they exceeded $60M.
Moreover, enrollment has risen 43 percent and the University’s endowment has grown by 86
percent over the past eight years. The University is aggressively hiring world-class faculty to
expand research initiatives as well as build on strengths in fields such as
nanosciences/nanomaterials, medical imaging, alternative and renewable energy technologies,
computer science, and health care research and training. The University houses more than 50
research centers and institutes, and externally supported research activities are expected to
increase dramatically in the coming years, especially with the vision and leadership of the next
Dean and the University’s commitment to achieving Tier One research status.

The University’s main campus, in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the ninth largest
metropolitan area in the United States, encompasses 420 scenic acres in central Arlington. In
addition, two facilities comprising The University of Texas at Arlington/Fort Worth Center are
located just 10 minutes away in the city of Fort Worth. The University continues to expand and
upgrade its facilities to meet growing demand. Recent additions include a $126 million,
Engineering Research Building that added 234,000 square feet of research, classroom and office
space in January 2011, the expanded Engineering Lab Building that re-opened in spring 2009,
and the College Park District, more than 20 acres under development on the University's east
side. Signature facilities in the District include the 6,500-seat College Park Center, expected to
open in December 2011, and College Park, a 600-bed residential and retail center with living
space wrapped around two, multi-level parking structures.

The student population of The University of Texas at Arlington is non-traditional in many
ways. Most students enter the University as transfers; in fall 2009, the average age of a new
student was 26, and 38 percent were enrolled on a part-time basis with a majority holding
outside employment. In recent years, however, the cohort of traditional first-time freshman has
begun to grow. The fall 2009 freshman class numbered 2,629, with an average age of 18, and
almost all attended full time. About 41 percent lived in campus residence halls or apartments.

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the most diverse institutions in the nation. In fall
2009, the student population was 14.5 percent African American, 16.5 percent Hispanic, 10.2
percent Asian, 0.5 percent Native American, and 10 percent International. It is estimated that
the Hispanic student population will be University’s fastest-growing student segment in the
coming decades.

University Leadership

James D. Spaniolo took office as The University of Texas at Arlington’s seventh president in
February 2004. He came to the University from Michigan State University where he served
from 1996 to 2003 as Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Prior to his
tenure at Michigan State, he was vice president and chief program officer of the John S. and
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James L. Knight Foundation, the largest media-related private foundation in the United States
with more than $1.5 billion in assets. He holds a B.A. in political science from Michigan State, a
law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and a master’s degree in public
administration from the University of Michigan Institute of Public Policy Studies (now the
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy).

President Spaniolo’s major priorities at The University of Texas at Arlington include increasing
research and private support, and solidifying the University’s status as a leading research

Donald R. Bobbitt was appointed Provost on July 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Bobbitt
served as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of
Arkansas. At Arlington, in addition to serving as the University’s chief academic officer, Dr.
Bobbitt is professor of chemistry in the College of Science. An accomplished teacher, researcher,
and administrator, he has published and lectured extensively. During his previous tenure as
dean, Dr. Bobbitt led a large and diverse College of Arts and Sciences at the University of
Arkansas, including 19 academic departments and almost 7,000 students. He led the effort to
increase external funding from $14 million to $27 million and the number of endowed chairs
and professorships from one to twenty-five, fueled by $74 million in fundraising.

Dr. Bobbitt earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University and his B.A. in
chemistry with high honors from the University of Arkansas. His research expertise is in bio-
analytical chemistry, and he holds two patents in the field. He has received funding from the
National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute.

Dr. Bobbitt has served as a consultant for Shell Chemical Company, Sanyo Chemical Company,
and Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical. He has received numerous honors and awards,
including the Alumni Association Award in Teaching and Research from the University of

University Goals

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning through
its academic and continuing education programs, and to the formation of good citizenship
through its community service learning programs. The diverse student body shares a wide
range of cultural values and the University community fosters unity of purpose and cultivates
mutual respect.

To achieve Tier One research status, the University has set specific goals in the following areas
as outlined in the 2010 Strategic Plan titled Achieving Recognition as a National Research
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   •   Increasing research funding and productivity;
   •   Improving undergraduate education;
   •   Enhancing doctoral programs;
   •   Improving faculty recruitment, retention, and development;
   •   Improving student development and achievement;
   •   Capitalizing on other resources including physical plant; and
   •   Increasing national and international visibility.

The College of Engineering
The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington has developed
comprehensive, respected programs in the bio-, civil, computer science, electrical, industrial and
manufacturing systems, materials science, and mechanical and aerospace engineering
disciplines. The College’s faculty and staff are committed to their students and their quest for
excellence in education and research while remaining dedicated to serving the various
engineering-dependent elements of the Texas community.

An increased emphasis on research, the depth and diversity of research centers and institutes,
and the significant student growth combine to make the College of Engineering one of the most
important academic areas on campus in the pursuit of Tier One research status. The College’s
enrollment now totals almost 4,000 students, with 1,592 students at the graduate level. Students
pursue a variety of degree options, including accelerated offerings such as the five-year B.S. in
Biology/M.S. in Bioengineering program and several fast-track programs in engineering
disciplines leading to the B.S./M.S. degrees in four years. Research is flourishing, fueled by the
College’s growth.

The University of Texas at Arlington engineers will have even greater opportunities for research
and instruction with the new Engineering and Science Research Building. Opening this winter,
two-thirds of the space in this state-of-the-art, 234,000 square-foot structure will be dedicated to
the College of Engineering. This will complement the 8 other engineering buildings on the
Arlington campus, including the Civil Engineering Laboratory Building built in 2008 and the
Engineering Lab Building renovated and expanded in 2009.


Bioengineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering through a joint degree
program with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) at Dallas and The
University of Texas at Dallas. The department has 11 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty
members. It has enjoyed a recent, rapid growth in student population with nearly 160 doctoral
and master’s degree students. The department is highly productive in research with nearly 100
percent of its faculty receiving external funding. In January 2011, the faculty will move to the
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new Engineering and Science Research Building with state-of-the-art laboratories, offices, and
classrooms. The department also operates a complex of laboratories for Optical Medical
Imaging in the Advanced Imaging Research Center on the UTSW campus where the latest
medical imaging modalities are investigated. These labs provide excellent opportunities for
collaboration between engineering experts from The University of Texas at Arlington and the
medical experts from UTSW to create new breakthroughs in optical medical imaging. A number
of externally funded joint research activities are currently underway in these laboratories.

Civil Engineering is one of the fastest-growing departments within the College with 21 full-
time faculty members and 579 students. It is also the only civil engineering department at a
public university in the north Texas area. Student enrollment and external research funding
have increased about 200 percent and 600 percent respectively over the last 10 years. The
Department offers B.S., M.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees. The 6 broad technical areas of study and
research include construction engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical
engineering, structural engineering and mechanics, transportation engineering, and water
resources engineering. A new Civil Engineering Laboratory Building has provided facilities that
are helping the Department continue its momentum in world-class research and teaching.

Computer Science and Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science,
Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering. It is a large and growing department, with
enrollment of more than 730 students (75 Ph.D., 197 M.S., and 459 B.S.), and 37 faculty
members. Many faculty members have been recognized for outstanding accomplishments in
research, teaching and service, through IEEE fellowships, NSF CAREER awards (for 3
individuals), and other awards. The department's external funding record, especially from NSF,
has increased sharply in recent years, with approximately 19 currently active NSF grants;
several faculty are involved with more than one of these grants. Active research is conducted in
databases, networks, software engineering, security, computer vision, databases, data mining,
artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, and health and assistive technologies. The department also
operates 20 research centers and laboratories. In particular, the sensor networks, databases, and
human-centered computing labs are internationally recognized as world class. Faculty have
strong ties with computer industries (including collaborations and funding from Google,
Yahoo, Microsoft, Nokia, Intel, Oracle, and NEC), where many graduates find employment.

Electrical Engineering has a tradition of excellence in teaching and research of more than 50
years. With a student body of nearly 800, 23 Ph.D. degrees, 139 M.S. degrees and 46 B.S.
degrees were awarded during the 2009-2010 academic year. There are 29 faculty members —
most of whom are active in both teaching and research. During the last year, department
faculty conducted $6.9M in research in controls and sensors, integrated circuits, energy systems,
nanoscale and microscale technologies, image and multimedia processing, biological sensing,
sensor systems, nanotechnology, photonics, and human performance.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering prepares both undergraduate and
graduate students for careers in Industrial Engineering and related disciplines. Twelve faculty
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members work with approximately 300 students pursuing degrees in Industrial Engineering
(B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.), Systems Engineering (M.S.), Engineering Management (M.S.), and
Logistics (M.S.).  Research areas include advanced statistics and operations research,
manufacturing, renewable energy, and systems engineering.

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary graduate program with 8 core faculty
and more than 15 associated faculty members from science and other engineering disciplines.
With over 40 current Ph.D. students, the graduate program is research-intensive and becoming
recognized nationally. Research focuses in many areas including nanotechnology, electronic
materials and devices, renewable energy, biomaterials and drug delivery, thin films and
coatings, tribology, energy harvesting, and structural materials. Students can earn M.S. and
Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering while majors in other science and
engineering fields can earn a minor at the undergraduate level or be part of a fast-track program
to achieve an M.S. in Materials Science with an undergraduate degree in another discipline.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering. Research areas include energy systems, hypersonic aerodynamics,
combustion, solid rocket and airbreathing engines, turbomachinery, microscale heat transfer,
unmanned aerial vehicles, composite structures, structural health monitoring, robotics,
microfluidics, lithography, and electronic packaging. 35 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 5
lecturers teach both undergraduate and graduate students. With more than 1,300 students, the
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has the largest student body in the
College of Engineering.


Research efforts also take place in a number of faculty-directed centers and groups:

Automation & Robotics Research Institute (ARRI)
The Automation & Robotics Research Institute occupies a 48,000-square-foot modern facility on
its own 18-acre, lakefront campus in Fort Worth. ARRI employs approximately 100 staff
members and has an annual budget of about $14M. Activities encompass a broad spectrum
ranging from research and development to pilot production and manufacturing extension. The
Institute houses the Texas Microfactory, a one-of-a-kind research and development and pilot
production facility specializing in automated manufacturing at the microscale. Its goal is to seed
the nucleus of a globally prominent Micromanufacturing Cluster in Fort Worth and the
surrounding region. The core of the Microfactory deals with automated assembly, packaging,
testing, and integration of nano, micro, and meso scale systems with a specific focus on creating
new and unique tools that considerably reduce the time to market as well as the cost of
automated micromanufacturing, even in fragmented markets and application platforms that
considerably reduce the risk of developing new and complex systems for defense and
commercial products.
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Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology (CREST)
The Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology was established to build a research
and development base to help achieve a renewable and alternative energy economy to replace
the world’s dependency on oil. Since its inception in 2006, CREST has made significant
progress in developing more-efficient, less-costly environmentally friendly alternative energy
processes. One example is a recently developed liquefaction process for converting low-
ranking coals such as lignite and sub-bituminous to synthetic crude oil. Other examples include
biofuels, substantial cost reductions for the fabrication of solar cells, multiple energy harvesting
technologies, and cost-effective technologies to convert CO2 to methanol fuels. All are
consistent with the theme of supporting Texas as the Energy State while providing the nation
with strategies for energy independence. In addition to addressing important national energy
needs, CREST will promote local and regional economic development by spawning spinoff
companies and technology licensing.

Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, & Statistics (COSMOS)
The objective of the Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, & Statistics at The University
of Texas at Arlington is to research the designing and modeling of complex real-world systems
and, in particular, to develop new methods for making sound decisions. COSMOS methods
seek to integrate statistics, optimization, and simulation/stochastic modeling to achieve better
solutions more efficiently while COSMOS applications customize approaches to match the
needs of the decision-maker.

Characterization Center for Materials and Biology (CCMB)
The Characterization Center for Materials and Biology is a common-purpose, multi-user facility
established to accommodate the needs of researchers on campus and the private sector
( The facility houses state-of-the-art materials characterization
instrumentation to strengthen research activities. It also serves as an umbrella for interaction
and for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. More than 25 research groups across the
campus used CCMB last year.

Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility (NanoFab)
The Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility is an interdisciplinary resource open to
scientists within and outside of the University. Research activities are conducted through
mutually beneficial associations of chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace
engineering, materials science, and physics faculty, graduate students, and research assistants at
the University, as well as collaborative efforts with investigators at other universities and in the
private sector. Housed in its own building, the facility features a 10,000 square-foot clean room
divided into nearly equal sections of Class 1,000, Class 10,000, and accessory space that has
high-level temperature and humidity control. The clean room is comprised of a teaching
fabrication area (TFAB) and processing bays dedicated for research. NanoFab currently has
more than 130 faculty, student, and post-doctoral researcher users from eight departments
within the Colleges of Engineering and Science. The facility is open 24 hours/day throughout
the year.
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Nanotechnology Alliance of Texas Universities for Research and Education (NATURE)
The Nanotechnology Alliance of Texas Universities for Research and Education (NATURE)
consists of researchers from Texas universities that include Rice University, University of Texas
at Austin, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas Pan American, University of
Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Houston in collaboration
with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (AFRL/RX)
in Dayton, Ohio. The goal of the alliance is to develop University infrastructure and
nanotechnology research for extreme environments in the areas of nano-particle enhanced
materials, compact power technology, and electromagnetic sensors. NATURE is a continuation
of CONTACT (The Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Technology)
that grew substantially over its four-year history; NATURE/CONTACT now supports 18
projects and received more than $3M in funding this past year.

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC)
The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, a center within ARRI, is the Texas affiliate of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP). The
objective of the MEP Centers is to enhance productivity and technological performance in
United States manufacturing through the participation of individuals from industry,
universities, state governments, other federal agencies, and, when appropriate, the Institute in
cooperative technology transfer activities; through efforts to make new manufacturing
technology and processes usable by United States-based small-and medium-sized companies;
and through the active dissemination of scientific, engineering, technical, and management
information about manufacturing to industrial firms, including small- and medium-sized
manufacturing companies. The University of Texas at Arlington holds the cooperative
agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). TMAC is a
partnership of seven organizations. Since its start-up fifteen years ago, TMAC has worked with
more than 5,000 companies. These companies have reported over $2.3 billion in economic
impact and more than 20,000 jobs created or saved.

The Position of Dean

The Dean of the College of Engineering serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the College of
Engineering and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will
be expected to provide the overall vision for the teaching and research excellence of the
College’s academic units.

The Dean will provide innovative and strategic leadership as the College of Engineering builds
upon its traditional strength as a student-focused teaching institution and enhances its profile as
a research-extensive university. As a seasoned academic administrator, the Dean will work
closely with the department chairs and the other deans to develop and allocate resources for
research and teaching in order to achieve College and University objectives. As a University
leader, the Dean will advance the College of Engineering’s reputation and relationships with
key constituencies, including current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, and staff; local,
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state, and federal government; industry, institutional, and community partners in collaborative
programs; and institutional and private donors.

Leading a team of 136 faculty members, the Dean of the College of Engineering will have a
number of core responsibilities including:

   •   Articulating a clear vision for the future direction of the College and leading divisional
       strategic planning efforts;
   •   Providing initiative and direction to the development of academic programs;
   •   Coordinating the departments and fostering interdisciplinary activities within the
       College and with academic departments throughout the University;
   •   Ensuring academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
   •   Actively promoting an intellectual environment that encourages and facilitates
       excellence in scholarship;
   •   Raising funds from established as well as new and diverse sources to support faculty
       research goals, graduate education, and physical resources;
   •   Recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of high-caliber faculty and
       students; and
   •   Serving as a central spokesperson and advocate for Engineering both within and outside
       the University.

Challenges and Opportunities

The next Dean of the College of Engineering will build on the College’s strengths within a
renowned University that engages in wide-ranging interdisciplinary collaborations and offers a
deep breadth of engineering programs. His/her goal will be to engage and continually
challenge the faculty, staff, and students to excel in all aspects of education and research. In
this academic leadership role, the next Dean will face several challenges, including:

   •   Leading the College’s efforts to achieve Tier One research status by working to meet all
       required criteria including increasing research funding and productivity, improving
       undergraduate education, enhancing doctoral programs, improving faculty and student
       development, capitalizing on physical resources, and increasing national and
       international visibility;
   •   Strategically developing new and enhancing existing areas of research for the maximum
       benefit of students and the university community;
   •   Supporting and growing research centers and institutes within the College;
   •   Building the visibility and identity of the College based on its research and teaching
       success, both state-wide, nationally, and internationally;
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   •   Building student and alumni connections with the University in support of both short-
       and long-term development needs; and
   •   Addressing needs related to resources, including faculty hiring and space acquisition.

The Successful Candidate

Given the breadth and depth of the Dean of the College of Engineering’s role and
responsibilities, this challenging position requires visionary leadership, strong management
skills, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the academic, research, and service
missions of the University.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and energetic leader with administrative
experience (preferably as a department chair/head), exceptional judgment, and a strategic
perspective, along with the vision and commitment to take the College to an elevated position
of prominence. Candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity in all its forms, a
passion for teaching, and the capacity to be an able and energetic fundraiser. Candidates will
have knowledge across multiple engineering disciplines, experience in program building, and a
passionate commitment to achieving the criteria to meet Tier One research status. An earned
doctorate in a relevant discipline is required, with an impressive record of scholarly
accomplishment and other qualifications appropriate for appointment as a full professor in one
of the College’s departments.

Personal attributes: The ideal candidate will also possess many of the following personal

   •   Passionate commitment to the College and the University, and to its mission as a
       research, teaching, and service institution of high quality;
   •   Intellectual curiosity that drives a passion for the College’s work;
   •   Enthusiasm to excite, inspire, and empower faculty to continue to build academic
       programs of distinction and prominence;
   •   Visionary perspective in leading the University to the next level of achievement;
   •   Ability to communicate effectively and responsively with all constituencies (i.e.,
       students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders);
   •   Track record of leadership that demonstrates strong support for faculty and their work;
   •   Consensus-oriented leadership style;
   •   Aptitude and enthusiasm for fundraising;
   •   Willingness, ability, and demonstrated experience in making difficult and timely
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   •   Commitment to working across academic units and disciplines as a team member within
       the College, across the University, nationally, and internationally;
   •   Capacity to successfully represent and advocate for the College of Engineering with
       University leadership, including fellow deans, the Provost, and the President; and
   •   Commitment to the value of diversity in faculty, staff, and students.


Nominations and/or applications, accompanied by a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae,
and the names and contact information of three references, should be submitted to:

                                   Marjorie A. Stockford
                                 Auerbach Associates, Inc.
                              385 Concord Avenue, Suite 103
                                    Belmont, MA 02478
             Electronic submissions preferred: email

 The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. This is a
      security-sensitive position—criminal and background checks will be conducted on finalists.
        The University of Texas at Arlington will be a tobacco-free campus as of August 2011.

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