Associate Dean for Research

Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

Job description

The College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide invites applications and nominations for the position of COAS Associate Dean for Research. The College seeks a dynamic, nationally recognized academic leader who will partner with the faculty to establish research priorities and promote growth of the College research program. The Associate Dean position will be physically located in Daytona Beach.

COAS offers four bachelor’s degrees: Communication; Homeland Security; Interdisciplinary Studies; and, Emergency Services, which recently was recognized with a #1 national ranking from Best Colleges. Graduate programs include master’s degrees in Cybersecurity Management & Policy and Human Security & Resilience, with more planned for the near future. Departments in the College are Security and Emergency Services; English, Humanities and Communications; Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences; and Social Sciences and Economics. In addition to degree programs, COAS provides over 2,000 sections of general education courses as part of every degree program at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, with a focus on developing students’ critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, communication, scientific literacy, cultural literacy, and lifelong personal growth skills. The Worldwide campus has an enrollment of 27,000 full-time equivalent students, delivering courses globally online via Canvas, synchronously via EagleVision to both homes and classrooms, face-to-face at over 130 locations, and in a blended format. Embry-Riddle Worldwide earned the #1 ranking in 2017 for Best Online Bachelor’s programs from U.S. News & World Report.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University welcomed Dr. P. Barry Butler as its new President in 2017. A major goal of Dr. Butler’s administration is to increase Embry-Riddle’s status as a research university, contributing in expanding ways to the institution’s mission of promoting excellence in applied research and impactful scholarship. Embry-Riddle Worldwide has fully embraced this goal, with a recent announcement from Chancellor John Watret that each of the campus’ three colleges will be adding the position of Associate Dean for Research to the college leadership structure. The COAS Associate Dean for Research will enjoy increasing opportunity and support from newly-hired research staff at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, including a Grants Specialist, and an annual research budget dedicated to investing in new opportunities and partnerships.

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean for Research will be responsible for strategic creation (in collaboration with the Dean and faculty) and management of a robust research agenda for the College. The research agenda will include ideas and plans for implementation of at least (but not limited to) the following: faculty research clusters, interdisciplinary research projects, diverse sources of external funding, international partnerships, grant development, educational/classroom scholarship. The Associate Dean will organize and/or lead professional development opportunities in research for all faculty while serving as a research mentor for novice faculty. S/he will serve as the liaison between COAS, the Worldwide Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), and the ERAU Office of Sponsored Research Activities, assisting as needed with pre- and post-award grant operations. The Associate Dean also will interact regularly and meet with program officers from appropriate funding agencies, to present ideas for possible funding; lead College efforts to coordinate, build, and implement appropriate research initiatives as requested by the Dean; and, serve as a member of the College Leadership Team and the University Research Council.

Consideration of applications will begin December 11, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled; the expected start date is August 2018. Applications should include a CV and a detailed letter discussing administrative experience, academic qualifications, and background that demonstrate a fit with COAS and the position.

Questions regarding the vacancy should be directed to Dr. Tom Sieland, Chair–COAS Associate Dean Search at

Technical difficulties please contact Dawn Adams-HR Recruiter at


Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D or other doctorate level equivalent with 10 plus years of work related experience

Preferred Qualifications

Higher Education experience

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Qualifications and experience for appointment as a full-time, tenured Associate/Full Professor in the College.
  • Extensive experience with externally-funded grants and/or contracts.
  • Strong and diverse research portfolio.
  • Management and supervisory experience, preferably in a higher education setting is desired.
  • Knowledge of distributed learning organizations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, students, faculty and customers.
  • Ability to learn new things and keep up with the pace of changing technology.
  • Ability to maintain a positive and professional image.
  • Willingness to seek guidance and direction as necessary for performance of duties.

Primary Location: United States-Florida-Daytona BeachTravel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

How to apply

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