Dean of Engineering

Posted On: March 09, 2017

Hours: Full Time


The Albert Nerken School of Engineering is perennially ranked among the nation’s top three undergraduate engineering schools.  The college seeks a Dean of Engineering with an exciting vision for engineering education in this century, a history of academic leadership, and the administrative acumen to make significant contributions to the institution.

As head of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, the Dean reports directly to the President of The Cooper Union and is a member of the institution’s Academic Leadership Team, playing a critical role in overall institutional planning and academic policy decisions. Required qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate and a distinguished record of research and scholarship in engineering, along with a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, pedagogical innovation and skilled grantsmanship to support research. The dean will also work with the president and the development staff to increase philanthropic grants that support the Nerken School and institution-wide goals.

One of the nation’s premiere undergraduate engineering schools, the Albert Nerken School of Engineering is comprised of seven departments and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and the bachelor of science degree. Approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students are enrolled in engineering at Cooper Union and, since September 2009, have been housed in a new state-of-the-art academic building, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Thom Mayne. The building is part of the college’s historic urban campus in Manhattan and brings together the faculties of art, architecture, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

The engineering faculty maintains a vigorous and dynamic research agenda. Current interests span nanotechnology, robotics, advanced signal processing, high capacity wireless communications, sustainable design, renewable energy systems, alternative fuels, and a broad spectrum of topics in biomedical engineering, including neuroscience, tissue and regenerative engineering,   biomechanics, sports medicine, orthopedic devices,  and artificial organs. Engineering faculty members engage in research collaborations with a number of local academic medical centers, research universities, and technology intensive corporations.  The faculty are dedicated to student success and are committed to innovative pedagogy, teaching effectiveness, and mentoring.

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·    Partner with the President and the Board to build an entrepreneurial fundraising mechanism for the School that enhances its connection with, and energizes, alumni and industry;

·    Craft and implement a cohesive strategic planning process for the School that is informed by a sense of shared governance;

·    Engage and interact regularly with students, faculty, and staff;

·    Explore and promote a wide variety of student learning environments that support and sustain the School’s mission;

·    Work with members of the Academic Leadership Team to identify and support potential interdisciplinary collaborations, both among the engineering and science disciplines and with The Cooper Union’s exceptional academic programs in art and architecture;

·    Develop and facilitate professional partnerships with external institutions that have deep relevance to the academic and social mission of the School locally, nationally, and internationally to advance and sustain the School’s mission; and

·    Engage in open dialogues that promote inclusion, consensus, and the respect of a breadth of ideas.


·    An inspirational leader with exceptional communication skills and an aptitude for listening and consensus building;

·    A desire to support undergraduate education through the exploration of novel paradigms;

·    An exceptional record of undergraduate teaching and mentoring;

·    A strong record of responsible budget development and fiscal management;

·    A track-record of building and maintaining alumni interaction;

·    Proven capabilities in developing opportunities and new initiatives in engineering research and interdisciplinary collaborations both internally and externally;

·    Significant experience in building community relationships; and

·    Impeccable personal and professional integrity.


The Dean should possess an earned Ph.D., or equivalent terminal degree(s) in a field related to the School, and possess a record of recognized achievement in teaching, research, and service that would warrant appointment as a Full Professor.


The Cooper Union offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.


The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Nominations and expressions of interest will continue to be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration.


This is a non-union position.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications should include 1) a detailed curriculum vitae and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant’s motivation to apply.

To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.