Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

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Georgia Southern University
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Dean, Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

Georgia Southern University (Georgia Southern) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean for the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing (AEPCEC). In order to guide the College toward a bold vision of excellence, the University seeks candidates who are inspirational, creative, collegial, and accomplished leaders in their fields, with a strong commitment to academic excellence and shared governance.

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Computing

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing is the second largest of ten colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. The AEPCEC was established to ensure student success by preparing them for lifelong learning, advancing the engineering and computing disciplines, and supporting regional economic development. This will be accomplished by promoting excellence in faculty scholarship and teaching, fostering experiential learning, and partnering with regional stakeholders.

The College is comprised of six academic departments including Civil Engineering & Construction, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Information Technology,  Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The college is also home to the Center for Applied Cyber Education, Computational Research Technical Support, and the Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP) Program. Through the College’s programs and center, the AEPCEC serves approximately 4,000 undergraduate and nearly 200 graduate students. The College also offers ten undergraduate degrees and six master’s graduate programs and is home to approximately 81 full-time faculty, 17 part-time faculty, 19 staff, and 14 academic advisors that are dedicated to the development of its students and serving the community. The College’s expert faculty investigate, engage, and discover to tackle many of the contemporary challenges in the world today. By partnering with various businesses, industries, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, the AEPCEC creates meaningful and sustainable differences in the communities served by Georgia Southern.

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The University

Since 1906, the University’s hallmark has been a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Central to Georgia Southern’s mission is the faculty’s dedication to excellence in teaching and the development of a fertile learning environment exemplified by a free exchange of ideas, high academic expectations, and individual responsibility for academic achievement.

In 2018, Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated creating an institution that retained the Georgia Southern University name comprised of nine colleges on three campuses: the Statesboro Campus, the Armstrong Campus in Savannah, and the Liberty Campus in Hinesville. The University serves more than 27,000 students from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico as well as 102 nations. Georgia Southern offers an attractive campus environment that encourages learning, discovery, and personal growth. Nationally accredited academic programs prepare diverse scholars for leadership and service as working citizens. A unit of the University System of Georgia, the University boasts 200-plus student organizations, outstanding Division I athletics, and state-of-the art residence halls and campus facilities.

As a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a Public Impact Research mission that focuses on community engagement, economic support, and professional development, Georgia Southern is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta offering 141-degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. As the University continues to build upon the existing momentum in its research and scholarship capabilities, Georgia Southern’s expert faculty can be found at the forefront investigating, engaging, and discovering new methods for addressing many of the challenges facing the world today. In support of these efforts, the University strives to further elevate its Public Impact Research mission by partnering with industry, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to make meaningful and sustainable differences in the local, regional, and global communities it serves. For more information about Georgia Southern, please visit

Position Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer and spokesperson for the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. The Dean will lead the College through the process of articulating and implementing a new strategic plan that will create a new identity, vision, and strengthen external partnerships to advance academic excellence and nourish community partnerships to   promote research community engagement, and economic development. The Dean will serve as a strong advocate for the College, its faculty, and its students and work towards strengthening inter-disciplinary efforts within the University and other community partners within the State of Georgia. In addition, the Dean will also promote the College’s outstanding academic reputation both inside and outside the University through interactions with local, regional, national, and worldwide constituencies to further advance the College image globally.

In their role, the Dean will serve as a dynamic, collegial, and collaborative leader and must be prepared to join an innovative and forward-looking administration dedicated to enhancing the College’s current capabilities and its impact within the region. As a result of their rapid growth, Southeast Georgia and Savannah are home to a dynamic economy and expanding industrial infrastructure, and the Dean will be in the unique position to lead the AEPCEC and University’s efforts toward playing a central role in the future growth of the region and the state of Georgia. As its most ardent champion, the Dean must tirelessly endeavor to strengthen an organization committed to its mission to prepare students to be productive citizens and contributing members of an ever-changing and complex society.


Georgia Southern seeks a Dean with exemplary academic leadership skills. The successful candidate must possess an outstanding record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment as full professor with tenure in one of the departments in the College. The candidate must also possess a strong sense of professional ethics, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated success as an innovative administrator. For a complete description of the required and preferred qualifications, please visit

Application Process

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application consists of a cover letter addressing the qualifications and a current curriculum vitae. Other documentation may be requested. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Matthew Herrera, Associate
Refer to code “GSU-AEPCEC” in subject line 

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Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact Denise Gebara, Director of Talent Acquisition and Employment Services, at