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Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
The University of Georgia

Date Posted Feb. 18, 2020
Title Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
University The University of Georgia
Athens, GA, United States
Department College of Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2020
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Undergraduate Education
    Graduate Education
    Development/Institutional Advancement
    Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - General

The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia is seeking an exceptional individual for the position of Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The UGA College of Engineering has undergone rapid growth in its research and educational enterprise since becoming a standalone academic unit in 2012. Enrollment in the College has quadrupled in the past six years through the introduction of new academic programs and innovative collaborative ventures. Research activity in the College has tripled through a focus on use-inspired research that addresses global challenges in health care, informatics, secure and resilient infrastructure, and sustainable materials and systems. Growth in our research and instructional programs have been accompanied by significant investments in our facilities for teaching, laboratory instruction, and research.

Responsibilities: The Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship will create programs that further our strategic priorities within the College and align our programs with the strategic plan of the university. The engineering strategic plan – Engineering Compass – lays out a vision for a premier engineering program within a comprehensive, land-grant and sea-grant university. The Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship will be a key leader in the implementation of this plan by creating coordinated programs that build on our current strengths and align our initiatives with the future direction of the university. This leader will leverage the already strong position of the College in the creation of intellectual property into a leading position in the university for campus-wide initiatives such as the Innovation District. The Associate Dean will also work closely with faculty and school chairs in the College to transform our innovative leadership programs into a national and international model for experiential learning in engineering. The Associate Dean will leverage the significant investments being made in our infrastructure into innovative programs that fuse our instructional and research efforts together with programs that promote leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethics. The Associate Dean will actively engage industry and government to create novel partnerships that support the strategic goals of the College and the University. As with everything that we do in the College, our programs will be designed to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in our faculty, staff, and students.

Qualifications: Candidates for the position of Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship must have a strong record of high-quality research, have demonstrated excellence in teaching, and have experience developing programs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship in academic settings. Required qualifications are a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline. It is expected that candidates will already hold the rank of full professor with tenure, or equivalent government or non-academic rank. We will consider candidates at the associate professor with tenure rank and it is expected that they would be considered for the full professor rank upon hire. For information regarding the requirements of each faculty rank, please visit the College of Engineering’s Promotion and Tenure Guidelines ( The Associate Dean will be expected to uphold our values of accessibility, diversity, and inclusion as detailed in the Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the College by creating programs that enhance the representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering in our research, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Application Procedure: To apply, candidates should submit (1) letter of application indicating your experience and interests, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcripts, and (4) contact information for three references. Please submit application materials online at ( Questions related to the position may be directed to the search committee chair Dr. Fred Beyette. Email:

About the University of Georgia: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College of Engineering: The College of Engineering, formed on July 1, 2012, is building a vibrant academic environment that fosters engineering education in a liberal arts environment and research that addresses critical societal needs. The College offers eight undergraduate and seven graduate engineering degree programs spanning all engineering fields. The College has grown rapidly to more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students and over 80 faculty members. More information can be found at

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  • The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Fred Beyette
    College of Engineering
    The University of Georgia
    Driftmier Engineering Center
    597 DW Brooks Drive
    Athens, GA 30602


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