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Interim Dean for College of Engineering

The Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Interim Dean of its new College of Engineering.

Established in 2002, the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) is the first private university in the State of Kuwait. GUST is preparing generations of young leaders and professionals for the demands of a new global technological era. The pedagogical theory and practice of GUST is based on the American model of higher learning, and the language of instruction is English.
GUST is partnered with the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) to establish the structure and curriculum for its new engineering programs, recruit and hire faculty, monitor the engineering programs? quality, and prepare for ABET accreditation. The GUST College of Engineering will include undergraduate programs in engineering management, electrical and computer engineering as inaugural majors, followed by other engineering degrees at a later stage.

The Interim Dean will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the engineering programs, promoting excellence in teaching and research, providing creative leadership in serving as the College?s key representative, and working collaboratively with other academic and administrative units of the University.
GUST therefore seeks an Interim Dean possessing the highest ethical and professional standards, exceptional academic credentials, a proven teaching and research funding record, and commitment to transparent leadership and collegial faculty relations.

The successful candidate should have a doctorate degree in engineering from an accredited institution, evidence of continual advancement through the academic ranks consistent with the appointment as associate or full professor (desirable), substantial leadership experience in higher education and the personal characteristics required to lead the newly created college. Other desirable attributes include:
  1. An understanding of and passion for the mission of GUST.
  2. Experience managing academic engineering departments and programs.
  3. Experience leading the growth and development of new academic units.
  4. A strong record of distinguished teaching, research, and scholarly publications that exhibit a commitment to academic excellence.  A track record showing a high degree of personal and professional integrity, ethics, and honesty; and the intellectual, analytical, and interpersonal qualities that will foster respect among the university?s constituencies.  
  5. A demonstrated commitment to promoting a culture of excellence, recruiting and retaining top faculty.
  6. A solid understanding of current technology trends and a track record of leveraging the power and flexibility of digital communication to enhance learning and collaboration.  
  7. A demonstrated commitment to the education and well-being of students in and out of the classroom and a passion for developing lifelong learners.  
Experience working in the Arabian Gulf and/or the broader GCC region and in American model institutions is desirable.
GUST offers generous salaries and an excellent benefits package including housing and transportation allowances, educational allowances for dependents, private medical and dental plans, as well as annual airfare return tickets home. Kuwait is an income-tax-free country.
Interested applicants should electronically submit: 1) a detailed cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a perspective on their views regarding current and emerging challenges facing engineering education and research, 4) a diversity statement, and 5) current contact information for at least four professional references to www.gust.edu.kw/vacancies.
Acceptable electronic formats are PDF and MS Word. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply by February 1, 2020.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will be internationally recognized scholars with a doctorate degree in engineering from an accredited institution, evidence of continual advancement through the academic ranks at a level commensurate with appointment as associate professor or tenured, full professor, substantial leadership experience in higher education and the personal characteristics required to lead the newly created college.