Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science Search


Yale University invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), a division within Yale's Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS).

Reporting jointly to the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the provost, the dean will provide leadership and strategic oversight for the five SEAS departments: Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, which currently comprise roughly 80 ladder faculty members.

The dean will oversee the day-to-day well-being and mid- and long-term planning of the departments in SEAS. Working in conjunction with the FAS dean of science, the dean of SEAS will coordinate efforts between these departments and the other nine FAS science departments. The dean of SEAS will also oversee the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design and the Advanced Graduate Leadership Program, and will represent Yale in all external activities and matters associated with the engineering profession. Together with the FAS deans of humanities, social science, and science, the dean of SEAS will meet regularly with the dean of the FAS to coordinate FAS-wide goals, strategies, policies, and practices.

The next dean of SEAS will be expected to articulate and execute a vision for integrating SEAS fully into the fabric of Yale to advance the university's science strategy. A 2018 Report of the University Science Strategy Committee offers a bold and ambitious vision of science and engineering at Yale for the next decades, including major investments in instrumentation, infrastructure, graduate support, diversity, and faculty excellence. It encourages the university to think imaginatively and boldly about its science and engineering community, and about the ways in which it can bring together strengths within and across Yale's departments, programs, and schools.

In keeping with this strategic vision, SEAS anticipates additional ladder appointments in the near future in conjunction with campus-wide initiatives in science and engineering. The dean will work with the departments and campus leadership to shape and lead this growth. The dean will build on the excellence of SEAS departments and programs to enhance the distinction of Yale Engineering, and will unite faculty, staff, and students around SEAS's mission and distinctiveness to build a stronger community, inspire a shared commitment to its success, and strengthen a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The ideal candidate will provide vision and strategic and intellectual leadership for SEAS while fully realizing collaborative opportunities with and across the FAS and Yale University. The dean will advance and accelerate research, discovery, and education across the school. Qualified candidates must meet the standards for a tenured appointment at the full professor level in one of Yale's academic departments.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applicants should e-mail a CV and detailed letter of interest to the Witt/Kieffer search consultants, Philip Tang and Suzanne Teer, at For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received as soon as possible and no later than January 31, 2019.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. 

- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical & Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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