Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies Search Committee Information

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The Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies Search Committee is co-chaired by Rufina Alamo, Ph.D. and J. Murray Gibson, Ph.D., professors at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The college has retained Park Square to assist in the search for this position. Jonathan Fortescue is leading this search with Jacqueline Brady and Caity McGuirk. Please feel free to reach out to Jonathan with any questions.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the University at least five days before the meeting by contacting Monica Brown. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the University via Monica Brown.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Committee regarding any matter considered at these meetings, he or she will need a record of the meeting.


Candidate Interviews/Visits

For more information on the candidates and their visits, please contact Monica Brown.

Committee Meetings

The Search Committee meets every Friday at 4:00 pm via Zoom. For more information, contact Monica Brown.

According to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in these meetings is asked to advise the University at least five days before the meeting by contacting Monica Brown. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the University via Monica Brown.

Group Date Time Location
ADGRS Search Committee Kick-off Meeting Friday, June 2 9:30 a.m. Zoom
ADGRS Search Committee Meeting Thursday, June 15 2:00 p.m. COE B202
University Stakeholders Meeting – Graduate Deans Monday, August 7 2:00 p.m. COE B202
University Stakeholders Meeting – Vice Presidents for Research Monday, August 7 2:30 p.m. COE B202
ADRGS Search Committee Meeting with Engineering Faculty Friday, August 25 1:00 p.m. COE B202/Zoom
ADRGS Search Committee Meeting with Engineering Staff Friday, August 25 1:30 p.m. COE B202/Zoom
ADRGS Search Committee Meeting with Engineering Graduate Students Friday, August 25 2:00 p.m. COE B202/Zoom
ADRGS Search Committee Meeting with College of Engineering Leadership Friday, September 1 1:00 p.m. COE B202/Zoom

Search Committee

Committee Chairs

  • J. Murray Gibson, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Rufina Alamo, Ph.D., Simon Ostrach Professor of Engineering & Distinguished Research Professor of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Committee Members

  • Tarik Dickens, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Associate Director of CREST CoMand, Department Graduate Director (IME)
  • Kari Evans, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Eren Ozguven, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, RIDER Center Director
  • Sastry Pamidi, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Associate Director of Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS)

Position Description

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The Florida A&M University (FAMU)—Florida State University (FSU) College of Engineering is actively seeking a dynamic and visionary leader, characterized by ambition, collaboration, and strategic acumen, to assume the role of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (ADRGS). This pivotal position is geared towards propelling the college's research enterprise onto a new and dynamic upward trajectory. Beyond providing strategic guidance for the college's graduate research initiatives, the selected candidate will hold a distinguished reputation in their field of expertise, meriting appointment as a tenured full professor within the College.

The faculty and researchers at the joint FAMU-FSU College of Engineering benefit from the world-class ecosystem of labs and centers immediately surrounding our campus. Located just steps from the engineering building are the world-renowned labs around Innovation Park in Tallahassee. Our engineering research is carried out at the closely-associated and faculty-staff laboratories including the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab), Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), Center for Intelligent, Systems, Control and Robotics (CISCOR), High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), Resilient Infrastructure & Disaster Response (RIDER) Center, Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) and the Florida Department of Transportation Structures Research Center. The College is a leading academic institution with excellent records of achievement in education, research, and public service. It offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in chemical, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college has over 240 PhD students and research expenditures over $34.9 million.

The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Engineering and is a member of the college’s senior leadership team. In alignment with the newly developed 'Engineering our Future' Strategic Plan, the Associate Dean will drive efforts to realize the college's goal of ranking among the top 50 engineering schools in the next five years. They must provide vision and leadership for the College’s research and graduate program, emphasizing large-scale, multidisciplinary research and development. Furthermore, they should develop innovative strategies for graduate student enrollment, retention, and on-time graduation, while offering graduate student-focused support services.

Ideal candidates will have distinguished research accomplishments, commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor, and appropriate to the leadership of a faculty with a tradition of excellence in research, teaching, and service; demonstrated knowledge and ability to grow the quality and quantity of the College’s research as measured by funding, faculty publications in peer-reviewed journals and collaborative research partnerships and cross-disciplinary projects; experience with the navigation of complex organizational structures with multi-faceted strategies, and especially the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people; familiarity with pre- and post-award activity and the ability to oversee all tasks and responsibilities of the office to support research productivity; demonstrated ability to provide guidance to junior faculty members and graduate students as they seek to immerse themselves in the academic research environment, identify a research focus, and seek opportunities to build meaningful connections across the college; experience in catalyzing collaborations; financial acumen; entrepreneurial spirit, particularly in the translation and commercialization of technological discoveries and innovations; and accessibility and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Position Application & Referral Process

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has retained Park Square, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, applications, and nominations should be directed to Park Square: