Dean of the University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

first_imgThe next Dean will bring exceptional leadership skills,experience in academic administration, a strong and innovativevision for the future of the Joint Institute, a history of academicengagements with international partners, and energy and enthusiasmfor promoting the work of the Joint Institute. The University of Michiganand Shanghai Jiao TongUniversity invite nominations and applications for the positionof Dean of their JointInstitute. The Joint Institute (JI) is a unit within SJTU thatis co-directed by both the University of Michigan (U-M) andShanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) as a special educational zoneon the SJTU campus.  It was established in 2006 with the goalto develop global leaders through student exchanges, researchcollaboration and innovative educational programs. The JointInstitute received the 2014 AndrewHeiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.English is the official language of the Joint Institute. Opportunities and goals for the JointInstitute As the chief academic, administrative, and financial officer ofthe JI, the Dean reports directly to the UM-SJTU Partnership board,which is comprised of members of the leadership of both SJTU andthe U-M.  The Dean chairs the JI’s Academic Programs Group,which consists of UM and SJTU faculty who provide input ongovernance and academic issues for the JI.   The Deanalso selects and leads the Dean’s Cabinet, which comprises theacademic and administrative leadership of the JI. Dean of theUniversity of Michigan -Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityJoint InstituteShanghai Jiao TongUniversityShanghai, China Since its inception, the Joint Institute has established asignificant faculty body that excels globally in research alongseveral technology fronts. Today, the Joint Institute is at theforefront in domestic and international competitive opportunitiesas a center of excellence for future technology developments. The UM-SJTU Joint Institute is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturallydiverse and pluralistic university community committed to teachingand working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicantswho share this goal are encouraged to apply. The next Dean of the Joint Institute has a unique opportunity tobuild on a solid foundation of excellence in research andeducation, and to further enhance the mission and success of theUM-SJTU Joint Institute. In this context, the Dean would pursue thefollowing goals:Pursue innovative and strategic researchdirections, so to expand the areas of research excellenceof the Joint Institute along directions that promote its excellenceamong peer institutions.Expand interdisciplinary research engagements,by promoting the investigation of research challenges that are atthe crossing of established disciplinary domains within the JointInstitute, and by supporting collaborations among the JI facultyand among faculty from the Joint Institute, SJTU and U-M.Expand the research impact of the JointInstitute, by encouraging and promoting research in novel problemdomains, and of high-risk/high-return research endeavors. A search committee with representation from both institutionshas been convened to conduct the search and to recommend finaliststo the UM-SJTU Partnership Board. Interested candidates should email [email protected] for anyquestion. Applications should include a CV and cover letter thatarticulates the candidate’s interest for their deanship at theJoint Institute.  These should be emailed as a pdf document [email protected] will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31,2021.center_img The JI recruits top quality faculty worldwide to conducthigh-impact research and direct doctoral and masters leveleducation. It currently employs 44 tenure and tenure-track faculty,27 instructional faculty, and 27 post-doctoral researchers. The JIfaculty mentors a graduate student body of over 200individuals. The Dean, residing in Shanghai, China, is the chief academic andadministrative officer of the JI.  Key to the responsibilitiesof this position, this leader will: set the strategic vision and provide leadership in the JI’spursuit of its goals of providing high quality undergraduate andgraduate education and research;recruit and maintain an excellent faculty;create and support educational and research programs of thehighest quality;attract excellent undergraduate and graduate students;create collaborative opportunities with other schools and unitswithin both SJTU and the U-M;enhance productive relationships with alumni, donors, andlocal, national, and international communities. Grow and expand the diversity of the JI’s graduatestudent population, with a target goal of rapidlyincreasing the size of the graduate student body in the next fiveyears. Such growth should both consider the directions of futuretechnology and expand the diversity of the graduate student bodyalong a wide range of dimensions, including gender, ethnicity,country of origin, cultural background, etc.Grow and expand the diversity of the faculty.The Joint Institute expects to experience rapid growth of itsfaculty size in the near future, in alignment with the number ofstudents affiliated with each of its three engineering programs.Such growth should expand faculty diversity along a wide range ofdimensions, including gender, ethnicity, country of origin,cultural background, etc.Candidate Qualifications An earned doctorate, and a record of progressive and visionaryacademic leadership experience in higher education are required.The ideal candidate should be an internationally recognized scholarwith the desire, ability, and vision to sustain a leadership rolewithin an organization that is in the forefront of developing newmodels for research and scholarship, graduate education, andundergraduate education, within China. The future Dean must beeligible to hold a faculty rank equivalent to the rank of Professorwith Tenure at the Joint Institute, will possess demonstratedeffectiveness in planning, administration, and personnel and fiscalmanagement; a strong ability of recruiting excellent faculty;substantial evidence of leading sustainable transformation indiversity and inclusion initiatives; demonstrated effectiveness inworking with a diverse student body, faculty, staff, otheruniversity constituents, and external organizations; and theability to work collaboratively with academic units andinternational partners to create curricular and co-curricularcomponents that advance student experiences and researchpartnerships. The future Dean will need to employ a high level ofadministrative acumen in leading the JI as a unit within the SJTUthat generally operates under different academic and proceduralrules than the host institution, SJTU.  Familiarity with theU-M or SJTU (or both) is an important addition to a candidate’sprofile. Position profile The UM-SJTU JI offers specialized degree programs in China in anEnglish-language format. In addition, selected UM-SJTU JI studentsmay apply for transfer admission to the University of Michigan,following the same admissions guidelines and degree requirements asother international and domestic transfer students. The JI offersundergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electricaland Computer Engineering (ECE) and Materials Science andEngineering (MSE). Both the ME and ECE programs are ABET-certified.JI graduates have an extremely strong track record of admission attop graduate programs worldwide. A significant number of U-Mstudents pursue Summer and Fall study abroad programs at theJI.  Overall, the JI has an undergraduate enrollment ofapproximately 1,200 degree-seeking students, as well as a transientpopulation of 40 to 60 U-M students every Summer. Over the past 15years, the JI has developed an alumni body of over 3,000 graduates,who have pursued both academic and industry careers. The Dean of the JI plays a major leadership role in the broaderSJTU community, stimulating and facilitating synergisticcollaboration with other schools and colleges and providing atest-bed for western models of education and research on a Chinesecampus. last_img read more