Executive Search - Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Wright State University is pleased to welcome the following candidates to campus for the position of Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Please note that all open forum and open presentation sessions will be video-taped and available for viewing after the last candidate’s visit concludes.

All candidate feedback forms must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Michael B. Kruger, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Interim Chair, Department of Geosciences
Curators’ Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Open Forum: Monday, April 18, 2:15-3:15 p.m., Oelman Hall 109
Open Presentation: Tuesday, April 19, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Discovery Room (163A/B)

Douglas W. Leaman, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Dept. of Biological Sciences
College of Natural Sciences & Math
University of Toledo
Open Forum: Monday, April 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Open Forum, Apollo Room C (160C)
Open Presentation: Tuesday, April 26, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Discovery Room (163A/B)


Noureddine Melikechi, D.Phil.

Vice-President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development
Delaware State University
Member, Mars Science Lab, NASA
Open Forum: April 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Discovery Room (163A/B)
Open Presentation: April 29, 9:30– 10:30 a.m., Gandhi Auditorium (101 White Hall)


The Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics serves as the principal officer and spokesperson for the College, reporting to the Provost and working with the other Deans to formulate and implement university policy. The Dean supervises departmental chairs and faculty in formulating and implementing college goals and policy. Among the Dean’s specific responsibilities are strategic planning, program development, faculty/ staff/student development, resource allocation and budget management, research promotion, fund raising, enrollment management, collegiate partnership initiatives, diversity awareness and planning, and relations with external constituencies.

Required qualifications

  • A doctorate degree;
  • A record of scholarly research that meets the tenure qualifications for a department of the college;
  • Evidence of superior and innovative teaching;
  • Administrative experience, including evidence of strong personnel and budget management skills;
  • Strong commitment to professional ethics;
  • A commitment to involvement with the regional community;
  • Evidence of support and experience with curriculum issues, including general education, science and mathematics education and programs that are disciplinary, interdisciplinary and applied;
  • A background in and a commitment to the generation of funded research;
  • A commitment to increasing the diversity of faculty, staff and students in the College.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the abilities to listen, to persuade, and to  show appreciation for the efforts of others;
  • Personal characteristics that include openness, energy, intellect, dignity, integrity, optimism, and vision;
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to garner resources–grants and gifts from public and private entities and individuals;


Applications must be submitted at http://jobs.wright.edu/postings/10030 and are to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and four professional references with e‐mail and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Wright State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action, and specifically encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Environment & Resources

Wright State University’s mission is to transform the lives of our students and the communities we serve. A spirit of collaboration underscores the Wright State organizational culture, motivating faculty and staff to work together to provide an exceptional educational experience for students. Within its eight colleges and three schools, the University offers 109 undergraduate and 46 masters, doctoral and professional degrees, a stimulating honors program, a medical school, as well as a wide variety of internships and co-curriculum activities. The student body is nearly 19,000 strong, and there are over 830 faculty and 1,440 staff.

Wright State University is located in a suburban area 10 miles from the city of Dayton and adjacent to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the largest Air Force base in the country and home to the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, and the 711th Human Performance Wing, which offers collaborative research opportunities.  The university’s  state-of-the-art facilities are located in a beautiful 557-acre wooded suburban setting near Dayton, Ohio.  The resources available to the college include the newly built Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration Building, a 90,000 SF facility, home to basic and translational research in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Dayton is home to a number of well-known art venues and historic sites. Located about 70 miles west of the state capital of Columbus, and 50 miles north of Cincinnati, the Dayton metropolitan area has one million people, including more than 25,000 individuals holding Ph.D.s. Residents enjoy a healthy quality of life, with the availability of many parks, sporting sites, cultural activities, extraordinary shopping, and dining destinations. An array of affordable housing is available throughout the entire Dayton region. Situated in the Miami Valley, Dayton offers a dynamic community environment and a thriving downtown atmosphere that provides urban amenities with a midwestern charm. For more information about Wright State University and the College of Science and Mathematics, please explore www.wright.edu.

Search Committee

Margaret M. Dunn, Chair
Dean, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Abigail Backs
CoSM Student Representative

Weifu Fang
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Martin Gooden
Director, Psychology Undergraduate Program

Sally Lamping
Associate Professor, English

Jacqueline Neal
Assistant Dean, CoSM

Robert Putnam
Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology

Grace Ramos
Member, Wright State University Board of Trustees

Debra Steele-Johnson
Professor and Chair, Psychology

Sarah Tebbens
Associate Professor, Physics

Yvonne Vadeboncoeur
Professor, Biological Sciences