Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dean

Jan 20, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks a collaborative intellectual academic leader to serve as the inaugural Dean of its new Global School.


The WPI Plan, formulated at the time of the University's centennial 50 years ago, established an innovative, project-based undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes leadership development,
creative problem-solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, global competencies, and service to society. WPI's approach is a model for STEM education worldwide. Forbes (2018)
recognized WPI in 2018 as one of the top 25 STEM colleges, and Money Magazine (2019) named WPI one of its most transformative colleges.

Building upon 50 years of success of The WPI Plan, the Global School is being established to further distinguish WPI's unique approach to education and research,
one that positions STEM professionals to address socio-technical challenges in communities worldwide. The inaugural Dean of the Global School will join WPI at this unique
moment in our global history. Although the pandemic has been challenging, the University is continues to deliver on its vision and mission, including meeting our enrollment numbers,
student and alumni engagement are strong, and WPI's current global commitments are flourishing. Over fifty project centers in thirty-one countries around the world host interdisciplinary,
capstone, and humanities and arts projects. WPI provides financial support so that every undergraduate student can undertake a project in a community off campus;
85 percent of the student body completes a project at one of these global project centers. In addition, international alumni chapters (Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, and Panama)
are located strategically around the world to harness the significant influence of WPI alumni in these regions to support global project centers and foster academic partnerships.

Reporting to the Provost and working with the President, other Deans, faculty, students, and off-campus partners around the globe, the Dean will expand and deepen WPI's global reach,
expertise, and offerings. The Dean will grasp and appreciate the full range of global learning activities and programs at WPI and knit them together into an integrated and powerful whole.
Graduate programs, research activities, on- and off-campus partnerships, and expanded initiatives in areas such as energy, food security, health, poverty, sustainability, and water—all these are
potential areas of attention for the inaugural Dean. The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree and professional experience commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor,
and have a record of academic scholarship, global engagement, partnership, and institutional capacity-building.

A search committee has been formed to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to email
All applications should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and an optional list of three to five professional references with contact information.
No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.


WPI is one of the nation's oldest polytechnic institutes; it is also one of the most nimble, constantly adapting and anticipating the needs of the students and societies it aims to serve.
WPI was awarded the prestigious Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering Education by the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.
The campus is set on a scenic hilltop in Worcester, 40 miles west of Boston and about an hour's drive from Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut.

If you have people to recommend for this position or have any questions, please contact Lisa Stoddard email
the co-chair of the search committee.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2021.

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