College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


The University of Houston (UH) requests nominations and applications for the Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM).

The next Dean will be an engaging and charismatic leader among the faculty, a strong advocate for the teaching and research mission of the College, a preeminent university citizen, and an energetic and conscientious administrator with an eye on budgets and spending. Most of all, the candidate should be familiar with evolving challenges that face students and faculty alike in higher education, science, mathematics, and other related fields. The successful candidate will also be an energetic and visionary leader who can make a difference in the future of the College and play a lead role in supporting and strengthening UH’s position as a Tier One research university.

The University

Founded in 1927, UH is the leading public research university in the vibrant, international city of Houston, now the fourth largest city in the US. UH is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, and has forged more than 300 partnerships with corporations and government agencies, including more than 30 major energy exploration and energy service companies based in Houston. Each year, UH educates more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH is currently the second-most racially and ethnically diverse major university in the US. Each year, UH awards more than 8,000 degrees and has more than 200,000 alumni many of whom remain in Houston due to its rapidly expanding job market, one of the fastest growing in the US. The University of Houston is the flagship of The University of Houston System serving more than 65,000 students enrolled in four universities, two branch campuses and four regional teaching centers in the greater Houston areas. The University of Houston System has a $3.1 billion impact on the greater Houston area annually.

The University of Houston is designated as a Research University-very high research activity (RU/VH: Tier One) by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching. Faculty and students conduct research through more than 30 research centers and in every academic department. UH research regularly breaks new ground and opens doors to new ways of understanding the world. The university’s total research expenditures rose to $113.7 million last year. In 2008, UH received $1.1 million in royalty and licensing income and in 2012 that amount increased to $12.5 million. Bringing new discoveries and highly trained graduates to a rapidly changing marketplace in the medical, energy, and other fields is a top priority for all UH academic programs. For more information on the University of Houston, please visit

The College of Natural Science and Mathematics

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) is committed to excellence in teaching, research and social impact by leveraging its accomplishments and expertise on behalf of the University and the region. NSM is one of the twelve colleges and consists of six departments that include Biology and Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department with almost 1,000 faculty and students is currently the largest such department in the western hemisphere due to the growing job market in the Houston energy industry. NSM also has a number of research centers and institutes that foster interdisciplinary research across the college. The Fall 2013 enrollment of 5,323 science majors included 4,291 undergraduates and 1,032 graduate students, with an overall 1:1 ratio of males to females. The College also currently has annual research expenditures of $31 million.

Additional information on each department in NSM can be found at:

Additional information on NSM can also be found on the College’s website,

Position Summary

As chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the dean is responsible for providing energetic, visionary and effective leadership in the following areas:

    • Leadership and Strategic Planning: These responsibilities include directing and overseeing the programs of the College as well as developing the strategic directions of the College in concert with the University’s Strategic Plan. The dean articulates the long-range vision, specific strategies, and detailed administrative and fiscal provisions to ensure the continued excellence of the College faculty and its teaching and research programs. To implement strategies, the dean works closely with the University’s executive leadership and with the other deans on multidisciplinary hiring, and on research and teaching programs. A successful candidate would need to promote the University and NSM College and actively participate in hands-on management and open decision-making.

    • Faculty Appointments: The dean of NSM is responsible for the recruitment, appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure of faculty in the College. The dean works through the established appointment, promotion and tenure process of the College and is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the entire process. The dean works with the faculty to implement long-range, recruiting plans for NSM formulated with the approval of the provost. The dean is responsible for meeting or exceeding the university’s recruiting objectives with respect to the quality and diversity of the faculty.

    • Budgetary and Administrative Oversight: The dean is responsible for overseeing the College’s budget according to the university’s financial guidelines. The dean is expected to work closely and collaboratively with the provost’s office in developing a budget for the graduate and undergraduate programs. In addition, the dean is responsible for coordinating the activities of chairs of six departments, NSM faculty, associate/assistant deans and staff. The dean provides necessary resources to facilitate extramurally funded research to support faculty research activities and graduate training.

      In addition to budgetary oversight, other principal areas of administrative responsibility for the candidate would include: the allocation of academic facilities, planning for future academic facilities’ needs, making non-faculty staffing decisions within the context of the university-wide policies and procedures, and developing collaborative teaching and research programs with other UH colleges and divisions, as well as with five, Houston-based Texas Medical Center institutions. Finally, the dean is responsible for the establishment of effective internal cost controls within the College.

    • Stewardship and Development: The dean plays a pivotal role in representing the needs of UH to important external constituents and donors – on regional, national, and international levels. The dean has primary responsibility for articulating the philanthropic aspirations of NSM in conjunction with the long-range plans of the University. The dean works collaboratively with the President’s leadership team and other academic leaders across campus in planning university-wide, as well as NSM specific, fundraising priorities and goals. The dean engages proactively with the university’s development staff in executing those plans, including, but not limited to NSM’s chairs, development team, and volunteer advisory boards. In addition, the dean plays a critical role in ensuring that donations are well stewarded, advancing the needs within the College, as well as in accordance with donor expectations – and communicated fully and in a timely manner in accordance with UH development policies and procedures.

    • Multidisciplinary Partnerships: The dean is responsible for managing the College’s engagement in cross-campus, multidisciplinary partnerships that significantly increase opportunities for innovation and employment of UH graduates in a range of fields that include the Houston-based medical and energy industries. NSM’s depth of expertise along with targeted initiatives in health, energy, and computing and dedicated university-wide research centers (e.g., Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH (TcSUH) and Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems) allow UH graduates to gain broad skill sets that can be applied to any industry and complement any professional interest. By blending research with education in a variety of disciplines, the College is leading this interdisciplinary effort in order to meet the challenges of the technologically-driven job market in the Houston area and beyond. Research is a key component of the continuous growth of the College. NSM faculty and students are engaging in a number of interdisciplinary / intradisciplinary activities with other colleges including engineering, pharmacy, optometry, technology, business, liberal arts and social sciences, hotel management, and architecture, and the honors college.

UH’s next Dean of NSM will play an important role in the future growth of NSM as well as ensuring the College’s support of UH’s standing as a Tier One university and its vision as a premiere international research university. The successful candidate will possess a distinguished record of academic service, superior interpersonal and management skills, and a demonstrated commitment to UH’s mission, vision, and its students. In addition, leading candidates should:

    • Have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement and international reputation in the broader sciences community, commensurate with appointment as full professor in one of the departments in the College;
    • Possess the ability to serve as an engaging fundraiser and advocate on behalf of NSM at the local, national, and international level; the next Dean will be tasked with further developing the College’s external relationships to not only increase donations, but stimulate productive partnerships with external constituencies;
    • Be a seasoned, decisive leader and diplomat with strong organizational and consensus-building skills, integrity, and the ability to inspire and lead faculty with diverse interests;
    • Have a commitment to providing students with a high-quality educational experience and aggressively addressing issues related to student success;
    • Demonstrate a commitment to assessment and accountability measures that will help to guide and enhance strategic planning goals in accordance with UH’s strategic plan to appropriately track the College and University’s national competitiveness;
    • Facilitate and execute the University’s strategic plan to insure a reasonable and sustained growth for UH;
    • Have proven people skills and be a highly effective listener and communicator with both academic and non-academic audiences;
    • Have demonstrated ability to build multidisciplinary programs and to create an internationally- focused and outwardly-looking educational environment for students;
    • Bring innovative and entrepreneurial thought to the Dean position and serve as a catalyst for new and compelling academic and research initiatives in the College with the potential to expand on existing College strength in the energy and health areas;
    • Have an outwardly-perspective with a commitment to develop partnerships and exchange programs with other academic groups in Texas and around the world;
    • Be adept at fiscal management, both in establishing budgets and implementing them; and
    • Share the commitment by UH to excellence and diversity, to the personal and educational enrichment of its faculty, staff and students, and to have a passion for the College’s role in ensuring student graduation and post-graduate job success.
How to Apply

The Search Committee will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel
Managing Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
1111 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 106
Monterey Park, CA 91754
323-260-7889 (FAX)

Refer to code “UH-NSM” in subject line

Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action:

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.