Director, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Position Overview

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Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (Fulton Schools) seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader as the director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE).

SEMTE is one of seven schools in the Fulton Schools of Engineering with 98 faculty members and over 4,600 students enrolled in fall 2022 on the Tempe campus and online. With use-inspired research and highly regarded degree programs in aerospace engineering, biological design, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, modern energy production and sustainable use, and robotics and autonomous systems, SEMTE faculty, staff, students and strategic partners are pushing the boundaries of innovation and academic excellence on an ever- increasing scale. SEMTE is a key element of ASU’s major evolution of the Fulton Schools to position them as one of the top 15 engineering schools in the U.S., and the director has an unparalleled opportunity to grow and transform the school to increase our impact as we address critical scientific, applied and societal challenges together.

The director of the school reports to the Dean of the Fulton Schools of Engineering and will be the academic and administrative leader of SEMTE. The director is responsible for visioning, strategic planning, operations, finance, academic affairs, external relations and advancement. These activities include working with faculty and staff to recruit and retain high quality students, hiring, developing and retaining faculty, supervising support staff, creating opportunities for externally funded research, fundraising and development and building strong interactions with industry, local, state and federal agencies and the greater community of Phoenix and Arizona.

One of the nation’s top public universities and ranked #1 in Innovation by U.S. News & World Report, ASU is well underway in its bold reinvention of higher education as the New American University. ASU has developed numerous new programs and units that bridge transdisciplinary boundaries to enable the exploration and discovery of new knowledge, while developing practical solutions to serve our communities and the world at large. ASU has strong and simultaneous commitments to educational access, research and teaching excellence and assumes significant responsibility for the cultural, social and economic vitality of its surrounding communities in the metropolitan Phoenix region and beyond.

For more information regarding this opportunity, including required and desired qualifications, the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and Arizona State University, please see the position profile above.

Nominations and Applications

Application deadline is December 2, 2022.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of interest (not to exceed two pages); and
  • Contact information for four references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Additional materials, such as a teaching statement, research statement and diversity statement, will be requested at a later point in the search process.

Application materials should be sent to:

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the consultants listed below by email prior to submitting materials.

Kimberly Templeton, JD, / (540) 761-9494

Laird Desmond, Executive Search Consultant, / (253) 441-8418

Phillip Clay, Executive Search Consultant, / (617) 699-6673

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