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Position Description

POSITION Dean, Newark College of Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey
REPORTS TO Fadi P. Deek, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


The Dean of the Newark College of Engineering serves as the chief executive officer of the College with primary responsibility for enhancing its leadership in engineering research and education.  The Dean provides leadership for the College’s research and curricular initiatives, professional training, and recruitment of high quality faculty talent. The Dean is responsible for the College’s strategic planning, interdisciplinary initiatives in research and education, program evaluation and development, corporate outreach, fundraising, enrollment and market planning, and the management of its administrative and financial affairs. The Office of the Dean also directs the recruitment and selection of new faculty and the management of accreditation activities.  The Dean is expected to foster excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, as well as in the creation of innovative interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary programs.  S/he manages the College’s external and scientific affairs and represents the College within the University and to external agencies and constituencies.  The Dean must be an effective fundraiser who is able to establish beneficial relationships with industry, government agencies, and the College’s various constituents.

The Dean reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs who, in turn, reports to the President of NJIT.  Together with the Deans of the other NJIT colleges, the Dean serves as a member of the Provost’s Dean’s Council.  The Dean manages a budget of about $33 million and oversees an office staff consisting of an Associate Dean, a development director, a business manager, and two support staff. 

In articulating a vision that will shape the future of the College, the Dean will be expected to expand externally funded, multi-disciplinary research initiatives and enhance the quality and appeal of academic programs.  Further growth of student enrollment in both quality and quantity is a high priority.  The Dean will be expected to provide leadership in articulating the College’s needs internally and externally to support its planned growth and the achievement of its objectives, in modifying the curriculum to meet changes in the engineering disciplines as well as in response to continually changing market needs, in identifying and recruiting talented faculty, and in developing partnerships and strategic relationships with the private sector.  The Dean will also be expected to maintain a strong relationship with the College’s Board of Visitors.

To lead the College to a new level of excellence and growth, NJIT seeks a dynamic individual with exceptional leadership skills and a clear and compelling vision for engineering research and education.  The Dean must be credible to the constituencies s/he will represent, and demonstrate excellent management skills and a commitment to the University’s values.  The Dean must have a track record of distinction in research and higher education, and have a wide network of contacts to aid in the recruitment of talented faculty.  Within these requirements, experiences and qualities such as those delineated below would be highly desirable:


  • Achieved distinction that warrants appointment as a senior faculty member with tenure.
  • Eminence in research and publication in his/her engineering or closely related discipline.
  • Enough breadth to promote the programs, research, and activities represented in the College and to advocate on behalf of all parts of the College.
  • Success in developing strategic partnerships with industry and ability to relate well to the private sector.
  • Ability to represent the interests of the NJIT administration to the College as well as those of the College to the university administration.
  • Ability to build synergies that bring disparate parties together and foster collaboration.
  • Ability to assist NCE faculty to solicit research funding
  • Ability to broaden NCE image nationally and internationally
  • Excellent communications skills, both one-on-one and in groups.
  • A proven record of successful initiatives.


  • A broad understanding of the engineering professions and industries and a passionate interest in their intellectual domains.  Ability to identify and articulate the critical issues facing research and education in engineering.
  • Ability to identify new directions for the College based on international and workforce perspectives.
  • An appreciation for the importance of new technologies in research, teaching, and learning.


  • An earned doctorate or acceptable equivalent in engineering or a closely related specialization, supported by an outstanding track record of research.
  • Interest in and experience with both undergraduate and graduate education.  A reputation as a good teacher and educator.  Awareness of the latest developments in teaching.
  • Prior or current experience in the academic world and/or an understanding of academic culture.  An appreciation for academic values and the importance of both teaching and research.  The ability to command the respect of the faculty and of the Administration.


  • Previous successful leadership experience in an academic administrative position is highly desirable.
  • A good listener and persuasive consensus-builder who understands when it is time to be decisive after weighing advice and readily accepts responsibility.  Must have strong negotiating skills.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.  A hands-on yet even-handed management style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to get along well with diverse constituencies, and a successful track record of collaboration in achieving objectives. 
  • A commitment to shared governance, good communication, and transparency in the decision-making process.  Ability to interact with others in a cooperative yet persuasive way.
  • Excellent judgment of the character and potential of people. 
  • A track record of good financial management; ability to design and implement a planning process, including financial planning.
  • High energy level, creativity, enthusiasm, good sense of humor, and passion for working in a high growth environment.


  • A strong commitment to continuous improvement in the multicultural learning environment at NJIT, and to the continued development of diversity in the faculty and student body at NJIT.
  • Strong customer focus; commitment to serving the needs of NJIT’s student population.  Willingness to be accessible to students when necessary.
  • Appreciation for the unique role the College occupies in the economic development of the region.
  • A strong commitment to excellence; a commitment to quality in appointment and promotion/tenure cases.
  • A sense of priorities; the ability to provide focus and perspective in order to move the College forward.
  • Appreciation for the value of scholarship and capacity to be excited by new ideas.
  • Commitment to the development of junior faculty and willingness to mentor them.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit combined with a strong team-orientation.


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is New Jersey’s public technological research university.  Fulfilling its four-pronged mission of education, research, service, and economic development, NJIT plays a critical role in shaping the future of the state of New Jersey and the city of Newark.  NJIT is an important conduit through which technology flows into society.  The university provides undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education and prepares students for positions of leadership as professionals and as citizens in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century.  University researchers seek new knowledge to improve processes and products for industry in an array of multidisciplinary fields such as infrastructure systems, computing and communication technologies, environmental engineering, materials science, manufacturing, productivity enhancement, and a wealth of bio-related sciences and technologies.    Through public and private partnerships and economic development efforts, the university helps to grow new business ventures that fuel the economy of the region.

NJIT ranks as a “Top National University” in a study by U.S. News and World Report, and as one of the Top 200 American research universities by The Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State. NJIT is a Princeton Review Best College, Most Wired College, and a Greenest College. For the second year, NJIT has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest federal recognitions a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students to be leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. The university's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provides the technological proficiency, business know-how and leadership skills that future CEOs and entrepreneurs will need to succeed. With an enrollment of almost 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university.

Situated on a 45-acre residential campus in the University Heights section of Newark, NJIT is located less than 10 miles from New York City and less than five minutes from Newark’s Liberty International Airport.  NJIT’s location in the metropolitan New York area offers a number of strategic advantages, such as easy access to New York City and Northern New Jersey’s beautiful suburban neighborhoods of Chatham, Summit and Short Hills. NJIT is also immersed in an area rich in technological resources, and connections to important biomedical, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries. NJIT’s proximity to many other prestigious institutions such as Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey provides joint collaboration opportunities. Many inter-campus programs are in place, and more are under development.  NJIT has undergone a remarkable building growth over the past two decades and a campus beautification project is now completed. 

NJIT has recently completed a strategic planning process to fulfill its vision to become a preeminent technology research university known for innovation, entrepreneurship, and engagement.  With a committed faculty, the Newark College of Engineering will play a vital role in leveraging the institution as a whole.

The Dean of the Newark College of Engineering will have a unique opportunity to position the College for future growth and success.   Since the decision making process at NJIT is rather nimble, the new Dean will be poised to make an impact on the College and will be supported by the Provost.  There are tremendous opportunities for the new Dean to leverage NJIT’s location and its interdisciplinary connections to other technological disciplines across the university and the region.  NJIT and the College of Engineering seek an exceptional leader who will forge consensus, and position the College for future success.


NJIT had its beginnings in 1881, with an act of the New Jersey State Legislature that led to the opening of the Newark Technical School.  In the mid-20th century, the Technical School was transformed into the Newark College of Engineering.  The College expanded with the introduction of doctoral programs and the addition, in 1966, of an 18-acre campus and building expansion.  In 1975, the Newark College of Engineering merged with the New Jersey School of Architecture to create the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which is part of the public university system in New Jersey.  Currently the state provides about 25 percent of the University’s budget.

Today, NJIT has evolved into a residential campus.  To the College of Engineering and the School of Architecture have been added a College of Science and Liberal Arts in 1982, a School of Industrial Management (now the School of Management) in 1988, the Albert Dorman Honors College in 1994, and the College of Computing Sciences in 2001.  These schools and colleges collectively offer 126 degree programs – 48 undergraduate, 59 masters, and 19 doctoral programs – and award approximately 2100 degrees annually.  In addition, NJIT offers enrichment programs for professionals through the Division of Continuing Professional Education, programs to attract elementary and high school students to careers in technology, extensive online learning courses, and selected courses available at other locations throughout the State.  The University enrolls more almost 10,000 students and employs nearly 420 full-time faculty.  Faculty members at NJIT participate in collective bargaining agreements that are negotiated between NJIT and the union.

Research is integral to the University’s mission.  Research funding has grown dramatically over the last decade. In 2011, research expenditures were more than $100 million. The University conducts basic and cutting-edge applied research through multidisciplinary centers of excellence and specialized high tech labs as well as partnerships with industry to develop commercially promising new technologies.  Its research programs have been cited as among the 25 fastest-growing programs in the nation.  The strong applications orientation of NJIT’s research program has allowed the University to respond to state, federal and industrial initiatives, to help address pressing public policy issues, and to stimulate economic growth.  Research activities have focused especially on computing, communication and information technologies, applied life and health sciences and engineering, materials science and nanotechnology, environmental engineering and science, architecture and building science, and critical infrastructure.  Major funding for instructional and research programs is obtained from leading corporations, foundations, and government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Department of Transportation ,and many others.  NJIT faculty members have won Fulbright Awards, NSF PECASE and Early Career Awards, and Guggenheim Fellowships as well as specific awards for contributions to particular disciplines and pedagogy. 

NJIT enrolls a particularly diverse student body drawn from New Jersey, across the United States, as well as internationally.   NJIT ranks among the nation’s leading schools in graduating minority students with degrees in engineering, and computer and information sciences across all underrepresented groups.  NJIT currently produces almost 50 percent of all the engineers in New Jersey.


The Newark College of Engineering (NCE) is committed to educating students who will create value through professional contributions made in industry, business, government and public service.  Faculty and students seek to develop knowledge and technologies that lead to innovations, and also to an enhanced understanding of the implications of technology upon local, regional, national, and international practice in engineering. 

Founded in 1919, Newark College of Engineering enrolls half of NJIT’s student body.  The college consists of 6 departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical, Biological & Pharmaceutical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. The College enrolls approximately 3,200 undergraduate, 1,300 graduate, and 180 Ph.D. students. There are 129 faculty in the college

Looking into the future, Newark College of Engineering is preparing for reaccreditation with ABET.  In addition, the College has just presented its strategic plan; as part of that process, it is examining how to strengthen both undergraduate and graduate programs.


Open and competitive, commensurate with experience.  The search will not be concluded until a successful applicant is appointed.

NJIT is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, equal access employer, and especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

For additional information, please consult the College’s website at

All applications must be submitted online at to be considered. Please reference posting 0601373.

NCE Dean Search Committee

First Name Last Name Department Email
Daljit Ahluwalia Math ahluwali@ADM.NJIT.EDU
Tara Alvarez BME Alvarez@ADM.NJIT.EDU
Selina Cai MIE cai@ADM.NJIT.EDU
Robert Cohen NCE Bd of Visitors
Urs Gauchat* CoAD
Hsin-Neng Hsieh CEE
Arsalan Khan student
Boris Khusid CBPE
Balraj Mani MIE
Marvin Nakayama CS
Ron Rockland ET Ronald.Rockland@NJIT.EDU
Meng Chu Zhou ECE zhou@ADM.NJIT.EDU