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Dean, WPI Global School

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seeks a collaborative intellectual leader to serve as the inaugural Dean of its new Global School.

WPI is a truly distinctive STEM institution with a focus on blending theory and practice in its educational and scholarly pursuits. Recognized by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed as #1 in the nation for combining great teaching and great research, WPI offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, and has seen an increase of 60 percent in research awards in the past three years.

The WPI Plan, formulated at the time of the University’s centennial 50 years ago, established an innovative, project-based undergraduate curriculum that emphasizes leadership development, creative problem-solving, interdisciplinary collaboration, global competencies, and service to society. WPI’s approach is a model for STEM education worldwide. Forbes (2018) recognized WPI as one of the top 25 STEM colleges, and Money Magazine (2019) named WPI one of its most transformative colleges.

Building upon 50 years of success of The WPI Plan, the Global School is being established to further distinguish WPI’s unique approach to education and research, one that positions STEM professionals to address challenges in communities worldwide. The inaugural Dean of the Global School will join WPI at a propitious moment. The University is thriving—enrollment, finances, and student and alumni engagement are strong—and WPI’s current global commitments are flourishing. Over fifty project centers in thirty-one countries around the world host interdisciplinary, capstone, and humanities and arts projects. WPI provides financial support so that every undergraduate student can undertake a project in a community off campus; 85 percent of the student body completes a project at one of these global project centers. In addition, international alumni chapters (Athens, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, and Panama) are located strategically around the world to harness the significant influence of WPI alumni in these regions to support global project centers and foster academic partnerships.

Reporting to the Provost and working with the President, fellow Deans, faculty, students, and off-campus partners around the globe, the Dean will expand and deepen WPI’s global reach. The Dean will grasp and appreciate the full range of global learning activities and programs at WPI and knit them together into an integrated and powerful whole. Graduate programs, research activities, on- and off-campus partnerships, and expanded initiatives in areas such as energy, food security, health, poverty, sustainability, and water—all these are potential areas of attention for the inaugural Dean. The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree and professional experience commensurate with an appointment at the rank of full professor, and have a record of global engagement, partnership, and institutional capacity-building.

A search committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent electronically and in confidence to: Anita Tien, Emily McCarthy, and Kaleigh Hoffman at:

Isaacson, Miller

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.