Office of the Provost

Deanship of the College of Engineering

The University of Washington seeks a distinguished academic and a visionary leader for the College of Engineering, a leader who will work well with the UW community, including other academic units, industrial partners, alumni, and donors to the College.

Leadership profile (PDF)

Job description (PDF)

Finalists selected

The Provost’s Advisory Search Committee identified three finalists for dean of the College of Engineering. The candidates visited the University of Washington for interviews and public presentations. Faculty, staff and students were invited to attend the presentations and had the opportunity to provide feedback on the finalists via a Catalyst survey.

Nancy Allbritton

Brian Fabien

David S. Sholl

Advisory Search Committee on the deanship of the College of Engineering

  • Mario Barnes, Toni Rembe dean and professor, School of Law, co-chair
  • Suzanne Hawley, divisional dean, Natural Sciences, and professor, Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences, co-chair
  • Daniel Chiu, professor, Chemistry and Bioengineering, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Cox Pahnke, associate professor, Management and Organization, Foster School of Business
  • Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington
  • Richard Keil, director and professor, School of Oceanography, College of the Environment
  • Julie Kientz, associate professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Judy Mahoney, associate dean, Advancement, College of Engineering
  • Jennifer Mankoff, professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Kojay Pan, director of Finance & Administration, College of Engineering
  • Eve Riskin, associate dean for Diversity & Access and professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Steve Shen, member of College Council and professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Todd Zarfos, chair, College of Engineering Visiting Committee; vice president, Washington State Design Centers, Boeing
  • Espen Scheuer, ASUW
  • Hawley Helmbrecht, GPSS

Charge letter

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search advisory committee to actively recruit and recommend candidates for the position of dean of the College of Engineering. This search may involve both internal and external candidates, and should be considered an international search.

Mario Barnes, Toni Rembe dean and professor, School of Law, and Suzanne Hawley, divisional dean of Natural Sciences, and professor of Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences, will co-chair the committee. As you can see, the committee is composed of outstanding individuals from across the institution with a range of expertise, including of course engineering and the sciences.

We seek a distinguished academic and a visionary leader for the College of Engineering who will work well with the UW community, including other academic units, industrial partners, alumni, and donors to the College.

Enclosed is a copy of Executive Order 20 from the University Policy Directory, which sets forth the basic procedures for conducting a search for a dean. Also enclosed is a copy of a general job description for deans of central units. The University has a strong commitment to diversity, which I ask you to consider seriously as you recruit a pool of candidates. Please establish protocols for seeking the opinions and nominations from the broader UW faculty, student, and staff communities, as well as appropriate constituencies outside the University of Washington.

At the conclusion of the search, the president and I would like to receive from you the unranked names of two to three highly qualified candidates.

We have scheduled your first meeting for December 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. in Gerberding 301. Please try to attend. I will attend a portion of the meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search with you. At this meeting we will also seek your input on a draft position announcement. We intend to engage a professional search firm, hopefully by January, to assist you in this search.

Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Richards
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor, Earth and Space Sciences