FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY-Dean, College of Engineering Technology

Ferris State University (FSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering Technology.  Ferris State University is sincerely committed to being a truly diverse Institution and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

About Ferris State University

Ferris State was founded in 1884 by Woodbridge and Helen Ferris as the privately-owned Big Rapids Industrial School.  In 1885 the name was changed to the Ferris Industrial School.  It became a state institution in 1950, and in 1963 became Ferris State College.  In 1987, the institution became a state university and the name became Ferris State University.  Since its beginning, Ferris has been dedicated to providing students of diverse backgrounds with educational opportunities for rewarding professional and civic lives.  Today, Ferris State enrolls approximately 13,000 students.  The University employees approximately 1,300 people and has a Big Rapids campus student population of approximately 11,000.

Ferris State is known for its quality of instruction and large selection of academic programs, ranging from associate to doctoral degrees, offered through eight degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Kendall College of Art and Design, Michigan College of Optometry, and Pharmacy. The university’s main campus is located in scenic Big Rapids, Michigan.

Students at Ferris have exceptional access to faculty due to the university’s low student-faculty ratio and small class sizes, which promote more engaging instruction, one-on-one career advice and professional connections. Courses at Ferris State are taught by credentialed, dedicated instructors who have real-world experience in their fields and provide relevant, adaptive coursework with an emphasis on hands-on learning.

Ferris is committed to ensuring that students gain real-world skills outside of the classroom. The university works with numerous external partners, including alumni, industry and professional leaders, for program direction and networking advantages. It also requires program-related internships in most of its degree programs. As a result, the majority of students enrolled in bachelor’s or more advanced degree programs participate in internships that support their personal and professional growth.

Ferris State also partners with industry leaders to maintain state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Its instructional and supportive spaces include the following high-quality facilities:

  • Centers for Welding Excellence and Advanced Manufacturing
  • College of Pharmacy Center for Innovational Learning and Research
  • Dow Interactive Eye Learning Center
  • Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education
  • Granger Center for Construction and HVACR
  • Heavy Equipment Lab
  • Information Security and Intelligence Digital Forensics Lab
  • Molecular Diagnostics Lab
  • National Elastomer Center
  • Shimadzu Core Laboratory
  • Television and Digital Media Production Studio

Ferris offers a number of facilities to support amenities for commuter and residential students, including University Center, its popular student union and activity space.

Ferris serves students from many different backgrounds and regions, and provides access to educational opportunities through a traditional, residential college experience on the university’s main campus in Big Rapids or through its statewide locations, online learning, and partnerships with community colleges and career technical centers.

More than any institution in the state, Ferris State has connected with Michigan community colleges, creating partnerships on multiple campuses and expanding its online offerings to allow students to complete coursework at their local community colleges toward a Ferris degree.

Mission and Core Values

The university strives to align its practices and resources in support of its core values of collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning and opportunity. Ferris’ mission is to prepare students for successful careers, responsible citizenship and lifelong learning. Through its many partnerships and its career-oriented, broad-based education, Ferris serves our rapidly changing global economy and society. For more information on the university’s mission and core values, visit ferris.edu/HTMLS/ferrisfaq/mission.htm.

 The President

Dr. David L. Eisler has served as president of Ferris State University since July 2003. On campus, Dr. Eisler has worked with faculty, staff and students to develop and implement a vision that focuses Ferris State University as a Career-Centered University. Under his leadership the University has embarked on an ambitious program of curricular innovation, technology integration, classroom renovation, cooperative programs with community colleges, and providing opportunity to students who may not otherwise attended college. During this period Ferris State University has enjoyed record enrollments.

President Eisler speaks widely on educational issues, the growing crisis of student debt, student engagement and economic development through higher education partnerships. As an academic leader, President Eisler believes strongly in the value of excellence in undergraduate education. He is committed to ensuring the integrity of the college experience based upon an education that develops mature communication and quantitative skills, and a knowledge core with both breadth and depth. He believes the higher education experience should prepare students for successful careers, create a pattern of intellectual rigor and provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

In partnership with the American Association of State College and Universities and the New York Times, Dr. Eisler helped create the American Democracy Project. Nationally he serves AASCU as a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Eisler is actively engaged in issues of higher education and economic development, serving on the boards of Presidents Council for State Universities of Michigan, Talent 2025 and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Committed to volunteer involvement, he is past Chair for the Board of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and serves on the Michigan Research Council. As an arts advocate, he serves on the board of the Grand Rapids Symphony and is past chair of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance alumni board.

In 2013 Dr. Eisler was selected as the Newsmaker of the Year in Education by the Grand Rapids Business Journal and Ferris State University was chosen for the uncommon Greatness Award by the Center for Community Leadership.

President Eisler earned bachelor and doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from Yale University. In 2007 he was inducted into the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance’s Hall of Fame.

College of Engineering Technology

The College of Engineering Technology at Ferris State University is known for its diverse degree programs, its excellent reputation for high quality education, and the success of its graduates. The College of Engineering Technology has one of the highest enrollments of any college of engineering technology in the United States with approximately 1,800 students who are taught by 94 full-time/adjunct faculty members.

Unique aspects of the college are the quality and practicality of its degree programs that are enhanced by close relationships with members of leading-edge companies and professional organizations. All of the faculty members in the college have worked for several years in the industry before becoming academics and they bring this expertise to the classroom. The professors are passionate about helping students succeed in the classroom and in their careers.

Additional facts about the College of Engineering Technology include:

  • Graduates of the college are prepared for leadership positions in the industry where they develop, apply, and manage technology.
  • The college offers eighteen specialized Bachelor of Science Degrees and thirteen Associate in Applied Science Degrees.
  • The college has a reputation for excellence in education and responsiveness to business and industry.
  • The close ties that the college maintains with members of the industry provide students with opportunities for internships and high paying industry positions upon graduation.

The College of Engineering Technology has four schools.

School of Automotive and Heavy Equipment Engineering Technology

  • Department of Automotive Engineering Technology and Automotive Service Technology
  • Department of Automotive Management and Heavy Equipment Technology

 

School of Built Environment 

  • Department of Architecture and Facility Management
  • Department of Construction Management
  • Department of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration.

 

 School of Engineering and Computing Technology

  • Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology and Computer Network Systems, Surveying Engineering, and Product Design Engineering Technology
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Energy Systems Engineering

 

School of Design and Manufacturing

  • Department of Manufacturing, Plastics Engineering Technology, Rubber Engineering Technology and CAD Drafting and Tool Design
  • Department of Welding Engineering Technology

 

The Position of Dean

The successful candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Engineering Technology will demonstrate strong commitment to student success through leadership, experience, talent, articulation of a shared vision, and the ability to build, with the faculty, administration and staff, the future of the College.  Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the College, prepares and manages the College budget, and ensures an organized and productive environment that encourages achievement by faculty and administrators

Specific responsibilities of the Dean include:

  • In concert with the faculty, the dean is responsible for student and faculty recruitment, retention and inclusion.
  • Lead the college to carry out its mission and the mission of Ferris State University.
  • Play a leading role in developing relationships with business, industry, and outside funders and institutions m the United States and around the world.
  • Provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the academic programs, assures that the College continues to serve its students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness, and promotes excellence as well as diversity throughout the college.
  • Work to strengthen the educational programs of the college and industry­ based advisory boards, provide increased. opportunities for faculty and students, and maintain and develop Ferris’ leadership in finding innovative solutions to current and future technical

 

Required Education
A Master’s degree from an accredited program in an area represented in or closely allied to the CET or BS from an accredited program in an area represented in or closely allied to the CET plus Management (Engineering Management, MBA, etc…) Master’s Degree or higher. Terminal (PhD, EdD, MArch, etc…) Degree Preferred.
Required Work Experience
Two (2) or more years demonstrated full time or equivalent experience in higher education as a department chair/head or higher.
Five (5) or more years of demonstrated full time or equivalent work experience in higher education including managerial/leadership responsibilities, teaching and related activities.
Demonstrated ability to lead effectively as part of a diverse team.
Comprehensive administrative skills, including oral and written communication, personnel (hire, fire, develop) and budget management.
Personal qualities of integrity, transparency, organization and leadership.
Five (5) or more years of documented full time or equivalent industrial employment in a technical field related to a CET discipline preferred.
Responsibilities/ Skills and Abilities
Lead the College to carry out its mission and the mission of Ferris State University.
In concert with the faculty, the dean is responsible for student and faculty recruitment, retention and inclusion.
Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance University policies and applicable laws.
Play a leading role in developing positive relationships with University Administration, business, community and individual and corporate supporters in the United States and around the world.
Support the strategic vision and operational leadership of the College’s academic programs.  Assure that the College serves students with programs of the highest quality and effectiveness.  Promote excellence as well as diversity throughout the College.
Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer of the College, prepares and manages the College budget, and ensures an organized and productive environment that encourages achievement by faculty and administrators.
Responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of designated information.
Responsible for supervision, training and funding of assigned faculty and staff.
Responsibility to assure effective and appropriate administrative and laboratory support for all programs within the College.
Work to strengthen the educational programs of the College and industry based advisory boards, provide increased opportunities for faculty and students, and maintain and develop Ferris’ leadership in identifying and implementing innovative solutions to current and future technical problems.
Effectively represent the College with University Administration to assure appropriate funding and budgetary resources.

 

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:

Candidates for this position must submit a letter of application addressing qualifications for the position, a resume, and the names and contact information of three current references.  Screening of candidates begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  Correspondents are strongly encouraged to communicate by email.  Nominations, applications, and letters of interest should be submitted to:

 

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner

Chelsie Whitelock, Principal

Buffkin/Baker

10 Cadillac Drive, Suite 190

Brentwood, TN 37027

martin@buffkinbaker.com

chelsie@buffkinbaker.com

 

For more information on Ferris State University,

see our Web page at http://www.ferris.edu

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