Date of Issue:
January 15, 2010

Dean, David Crawford School of Engineering
Norwich University – Northfield, VT


The Dean is the academic leader and chief executive officer of the David Crawford School of Engineering (DCSE). The hired candidate will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty. The Dean is responsible for administration of school instruction and works closely with the greater university community, faculty, staff and students. Additionally the Dean directs research, and outreach and engagement activities to further the implementation of the University Strategic Plan. The David Crawford School of Engineering was named on May 11, 1998 in honor of David C. Crawford ?52, and his father David Crawford, ?22, professional engineers whose careers exemplify Alden Partridge?s vision of civil engineers as the builders of America?s future. The school is ABET accredited.

This is a terrific opportunity for an experienced and capable individual seeking further personal career challenge and development. Norwich University has a clear strategic vision and plan with a focus on the dynamic growth of the University while continually improving all aspects of the institution. In keeping with the proud tradition of the university, the Dean will be asked to wear a military uniform; the position carries with it the rank of Colonel in the Vermont State Militia.

The University is located in Northfield, VT, close to the city of Burlington, and near I-89 making it easily accessible to major cities throughout the northeast. Norwich University has a proud tradition dating back to its founding in 1819 by Alden Partridge. Captain Partridge?s original vision for the University ---to educate citizen soldiers---in an American style, is vibrantly alive and continuing to evolve. From its origin, the curriculum embraced a cutting edge educational philosophy designed to prepare graduates for a wide variety of active roles in society including military, government and professional careers. The Liberal Arts at Norwich in the 19th Century included not only, classic studies but also, modern languages, science, history, literature, mathematics as well as a Professional curriculum that covered instruction in military tactics, engineering, agriculture and other applied topics.

The Dean of the DCSE will report to the Vice President Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty (VPAA/DoF). A search for a new VPAA/DoF is currently underway. It is expected that the position will be filled in 2010.


As leader of the school, the Dean acts as a liaison between the faculty, staff and students, and the university administration. The Dean is the primary decision maker of the school in the administering of policies and execution of programs, and provides vision and leadership by:


  • Fostering distinguished records of professional development, teaching, and service to the engineering profession;
  • Providing sound administrative decision making and guidance consistent with the mission of the DCSE and Norwich University;
  • Fostering of cross-disciplinary partnerships and the facilitation of outreach and engagement activities;
  • Developing fiscal policy, preparation of budgets, and allocation of funds;
  • Following university policy on appointment, evaluation and dismissal procedures for faculty and staff;
  • Sharing with the faculty and staff impending decisions on policy, allocation of funds, appropriate personnel matters and all other matters of concern to the faculty and staff;


Required Experience & Attributes:


  • An earned Doctorate in Norwich University engineering or a closely related field;
  • Tenurable at an ABET accredited institution in a Norwich University Engineering discipline.
  • A minimum of five years of teaching experience in a Norwich University Engineering discipline or closely related field.
  • Experience in management and leadership demonstrated by success in an administrative position(s) in a university or in an equivalent executive position(s).
  • Vision, capability and experience to address the changes and challenges facing engineering education.
  • A commitment to enhancing undergraduate education.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in fundraising.


Preferred Experience & Attributes:

Experience with state and federal agencies; industry; national laboratories; patents; federal initiatives; technology transfer.

Demonstrated experience in strategic and short-term planning, program development, personnel management, team building, and working with professions related to the school.

Demonstrated advocacy for collaborative and broad-based engineering involvement with science and other disciplines to foster interdisciplinary outreach and research.