Dean Search - College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent State University

Dean Search - College of Aeronautics and Engineering

January 18, 2018

Provost Todd Diacon announced today that four candidates for Dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering will be on campus over the next several weeks. Each candidate will hold a public presentation on the following topic. The campus community is invited and encouraged to attend.

Leading a Complex College: Fostering Community, Enhancing Reputation and
Securing Resources for the College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Theodosios Alexander

Theodosis (Theo) Alexander, Sc.D.
Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Saint Louis University

Public Presentation
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Room 306 Kent Student Center

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Feedback Survey

Seth Young

Seth B. Young, Ph.D.
John McConnell Chair of Aviation and
Director, Center for Aviation Studies
The Ohio State University

Public Presentation
Fri., Feb. 2, 2018
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Room 306 Kent Student Center

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Feedback Survey

Christina L. Bloebaum, Ph.D.
Christina L. Bloebaum, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair, Aerospace Engineering and
Dennis and Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Iowa State University

Public Presentation
Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Room 306 Kent Student Center

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Feedback Survey


Naira Campbell-Khureghyan, Ph.D.
Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Public Presentation
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018
11:00-11:45 a.m.
Room 306 Kent Student Center

Curriculum Vitae

Candidate Feedback Survey

October 11, 2017

The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean. The Dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) will play a key leadership role in advancing the mission, operations, and service of the College, building on the strong legacy of the past, while charting a course for an exciting and transformative journey over the next decade. Long a leader in aeronautics and applied engineering/technology, the College will now also feature undergraduate majors in aerospace engineering (currently in operation), and mechatronics engineering (upon final approval).

From a brand new building that opened in January 2015, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering offers a wide range of programs.  Aeronautics programs include aeronautical studies, aeronautical systems engineering technology, aerospace engineering, air traffic control, aviation management, and flight technology. The Kent State University Airport is conveniently located four miles from the Kent campus, and owns and operates 32 airplanes; its 35 flight instructors provide 200 students with a minimum of 10,000 flight hours each year.  Plans for a $6.5 million teaching facility at the airport have been announced.

Applied Engineering programs include applied engineering and technology management, computer engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, and mechatronics engineering technology.  An undergraduate major in mechatronics is currently in the approval process. 

The Dean will work collaboratively with faculty to build on the quality of the existing teaching, research, and professional programs.  S/he will engage key stakeholders in a robust strategic planning process, will recruit and retain the best faculty, and will grow undergraduate and graduate enrollments. S/he will build the programs in aerospace engineering and mechatronics, and create other niche engineering programs with the intent of seeking ABET accreditation. S/he will oversee the construction of the new Academic Building at the KSU Airport, as well as the new wing to the Aeronautics and Technology Building.

The Dean will report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and will supervise a College with 860 undergraduate students, 108 graduate students, 24 full-time faculty (11 of whom are tenured or tenure-track), 22 part-time faculty, 35 flight instructors, 25 staff and an operating budget of $8.5 million. 

Located less than an hour away from Cleveland, Ohio, the city of Kent has experienced dramatic revitalization as a result of a $106 million public and private investment. The downtown Kent redevelopment project earned the 2012 Best Project Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association. 

Candidates from academia will have a terminal degree in a discipline related to those offered by the College and a record of success in research.  Candidates outside academia will have a graduate degree in a relevant field and professional experience at the senior level.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:

Dr. Jett Pihakis
(202) 654-7800

Kent State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


Position Specification 

Search Committee

Mark Mistur, Chair
Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Jill Chen
Professor, Engineering Technology 

Aidan Crossey
Sophomore, College of Architecture and Environmental Design

James Gleeson
Chair, Physics

Kathryn Klonowski
Graduate Student, Cultural Foundations

Richard Mangrum
Professor, Aeronautics

Swathi Ravichandran
Provost Fellow

Simon Song
Professor, Applied Engineering

Blake Stringer
Assistant Professor, Aeronautics

Roberto Uribe
Professor, Applied Engineering

Trevor Watkins
Assistant Professor, University Libraries

Karen Keenan
Project Director, Academic Affairs