California State University-Los Angeles - Dean, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

CA, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) seeks an inspiring and innovative leader to serve as dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology (ECST). Applications, nominations and expressions of interest are welcomed. 

Reporting to the provost and the vice president for academic affairs, and working in collaboration with faculty, students and staff, the dean will provide dynamic, visionary leadership to build upon the college’s strengths, and develop new opportunities to fulfill the role of the college as a model of intellectual and community engagement. 

Cal State LA is engaged in an exciting period of transformation as it revitalizes its curricula, fulfills its mission as an engine of social mobility by producing well-prepared 21st-century graduates and bolsters its presence as a regional leader. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and talented individual to advance the college during a time of change and renewal. The successful candidate will bring a commitment to student success and scholarship and a strategic vision to energize and support research and entrepreneurial activities as Cal State LA continues to be a destination campus and a dynamic force in the Los Angeles region. 

The dean provides academic and administrative leadership to five departments: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technology. The college is also proud to offer the Capstone Senior Design Program, which allows students to work on year-long, multidisciplinary projects to solve actual problems defined by the college’s industry partners. The college offers eight baccalaureate degree programs and six master’s degree programs. As of Fall 2022, the college has 58 tenure-track faculty, 85 part-time lecturers and 3,188 students. With an operating budget of close to $10,281,632, the college generated 1,555 annual full-time equivalent students. 

The successful candidate will be a student-centered leader who is passionate about, and has experience working with, the student population that Cal State LA predominately serves (diverse and first-generation students). Candidates should also have the ability to support student success in undergraduate and graduate programs and should have the ability to work in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. The next dean will possess a record of progressive leadership experience in academic administration that includes strategic planning and communication, shared governance, consultative decision-making, personnel management (faculty and staff), resource management and quality academic programming and delivery. 

Candidates should have an earned terminal degree from an accredited university in a field related to engineering, computer science or technology, and an excellent record of teaching, scholarship and service at the university-level, with accomplishments to warrant appointment at the rank of tenured full professor within an existing department of the college. 

WittKieffer is assisting Cal State LA in this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Application materials should be submitted using the buttons below. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by September 6, 2022.

Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the institution’s consultants, Christine J. Pendleton and Randi Miller at

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.The CSU requires faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. View the systemwide policy online ( Questions may be sent to

California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a state of California employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the state of California.As of January 1, 2022, the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.