Director, The Polytechnic School

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The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (Fulton Schools or FSE) at Arizona State University seeks an accomplished scholar and strategic leader as director of The Polytechnic School (TPS), one of seven schools in FSE and one of two FSE schools located on the Polytechnic campus. At The Polytechnic School, we are creating a new higher education experience – one that focuses on learning through prototyping and solving real-world challenges through collaboration. The Polytechnic School embodies a future-focused, collaborative and inclusive culture. We intentionally seek a director who will continue to foster a culture where faculty thrive as teachers and scholars, and who will embrace new approaches that bridge emerging technology industries and novel research landscapes.

The Polytechnic School is home to seven disciplinary program areas including aviation, engineering, environmental and resource management, graphic information technology, human systems engineering, information technology and technological entrepreneurship and management. The director of the school reports to the dean of the Fulton Schools of Engineering and will be the academic and administrative leader of The Polytechnic School. 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 diverse students, hiring and developing faculty, supervising support staff, creating opportunities for externally funded research, fundraising and development and building strong interactions with industry, local, state and federal funding agencies and the greater community.

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 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.

One of the fastest growing academic research enterprises in the U.S., ASU has created a vibrant environment of discovery, interdisciplinary research and innovation focused on addressing society’s greatest challenges. Its research expenditures have nearly tripled over the last decade, totaling $618 million last year. ASU is well on its way to expanding the university’s research enterprise to over $800 million in annual activity by 2025. The Fulton Schools of Engineering play a pivotal role in this continued expansion.

For additional information about Arizona State University, the Fulton Schools of Engineering, and this leadership opportunity, please review the search profile above.

Nominations and Applications

Application deadline is December 9, 2021. 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.

Applicants must submit the following (Word or PDF):

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the school director position (two pages maximum);
  • Vision statement for The Polytechnic School (two pages maximum);
  • *Diversity statement (two pages maximum);
  • Contact information for three references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

*The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The diversity statement provides applicants an opportunity to demonstrate how their past and current activities in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion and how future activities will align with upholding the ASU Charter.

Nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged. Please direct them to the consultants below.

Richard A. Wueste, Executive Search / O: (540) 431-5131/ C: (719) 480-3050

Kimberly Templeton, JD, Principal, / O: (202) 776-0820 / C: (540) 761-9494

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