Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Directorship at Utah State University


Utah State University (USU) invites nominations and applications for a
significant academic leadership position as founding director of the
Science, Technology, Engineering, Education and Mathematics (STE2M)
Center. Utah State University is a Carnegie Research University - High
Research Activity, and Utah's land-grant and space-grant institution.
Founded in 1888 as the Agriculture College of Utah, USU is the oldest
and largest public residential campus in Utah. The university is
experiencing a record enrollment of 29,000 students this year with
approximately 12,500 of those at USU’s five regional campuses and in
distance programs. In addition, more than 5,000 high school students
are enrolled in USU courses as part of a statewide concurrent
enrollment program.

Utah State University graduates students in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics disciplines from four academic colleges:
Agriculture, Engineering, Natural Resources, and Science. In addition,
the USU Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is
ranked in the top 2% of graduate schools of education (currently 29th
in a field of 1200; U.S. News and World Report) and is home to a
strong, research-active group of STEM-educators. With these
intellectual assets as a foundation, USU is well positioned to develop
a university-wide initiative intended to achieve three objectives: (1)
increase the number of quality STEM professionals; (2) increase the
number of quality STEM educators; and (3) conduct innovative research
on best practices in STEM education. The Utah State University
Foundation Board has named the STE2M Center their number one
philanthropic priority, and within only a few months has raised nearly
$500,000 in start-up funds. In addition, Utah State University is
making a substantial commitment of ongoing salary and operating funds,
space, facilities, and staff to support the long term success of the
STE2M Center.

The full-time position of founding Director of the USU STE2M Center is
an extraordinary opportunity for academic leadership with broad impact
on the academic units on the multi-campus USU system. The director
will report directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost, and
will provide administrative and intellectual leadership to capitalize
on USU’s strengths in both STEM and Education disciplines. The ideal
candidate will be a visionary leader with experience working with
colleagues in both STEM and STEM education and a record that
demonstrates a collaborative leadership style. In addition, the
successful candidate will value the diversity of STEM disciplines
across the university; effectively promote innovative growth in STEM
research and teaching, including regional campuses and distance
education programs; enhance the infrastructure to support and expand
STEM efforts campus-wide; and, foster partnerships both within and
outside of the university community to better prepare STEM and STEM
education students for successful careers. If qualified, the selected
director of the STE2M Center will be eligible for a tenured or
tenure-track faculty position in an appropriate academic unit.
The position is available July 1, 2012 or at a time convenient to the
selected individual. Application review will begin February 1, 2012
and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should
submit a letter describing their qualifications for the position and a
statement regarding their vision of the role and responsibilities for
a STE2M Center Director in a modern, research-intensive university
that values both undergraduate and graduate education. A current
curriculum vitae and contact information for a minimum of five
references should be included.

To apply, go to:

For more information about the position and Utah State University, go to:

Nominations and inquiries should be sent to:
Dr. D. Richard Cutler, Chair
STE2M Center Director Search Committee
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Utah State University
1435 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-1435
Telephone: 435-797-2810