Dean of STEM search

Update: The search timeline has been extended to the first part of the fall quarter. Our partners at WittKieffer will continue recruitment efforts over the summer and reconvene with the committee after September 15th, when our faculty return from summer hiatus. Our goal is to have finalists meet with the campus community in mid-October, with the expectation that, if appointed, they will start on or around January 1st, 2025. We’ll post the revised timeline on this website once it’s final. Please feel free to share the leadership profile with colleagues in your network. Thank you again for your continued engagement in this important process.

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February 5, 2024

Advisory Search Committee on the Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Daniel Ratner, associate dean, UW Seattle College of Engineering, Chair
Lacey Arnold, marketing & communications manager, STEM
Jui Bangali, graduate student, STEM
Christy Cherrier, science lab manager, STEM
Munehiro Fukuda, professor, UW Bothell, STEM
Holly Gion, STEM advisory board chair
Matthew Gliboff, associate teaching professor, STEM
Martha Groom, professor, UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Kristina Hillesland, associate professor & faculty council chair, STEM
Nicole Hoover, associate teaching professor, STEM
Luis Lopez, undergraduate student, STEM
John Naumann, director of corporate and foundation relations, UW Bothell Advancement
Jong Yoon, associate professor, STEM
Kathryn Rich, search committee logistical support

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the advisory search committee to identify and recommend candidates for the position of campus dean for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) at UW Bothell. This search may involve both internal and external candidates. Dr. Daniel Ratner, associate dean for the College of Engineering at UW Seattle will chair this superb committee.

Our goal is to have a new dean identified by fall quarter 2024. We seek a collaborative leader who will support the faculty, staff, and students in STEM, sustainably manage and increase school resources, serve on the vice chancellor for academic affairs’ leadership council and the chancellor’s cabinet, partner with the campus community, actively develop external partnerships, and support our tri-campus commitments to community engagement, cross-disciplinarity, and connected learning.

As outlined in Executive Order 20, “the duty of the appointment committee is to search for suitable candidates, to study and determine their qualifications, and to obtain and evaluate all data.” You will be supported by Jessica Herrington and Claudia Teschky, consultants with the search firm WittKieffer. While Ms. Rich will not have a formal role in the search deliberations, she will support the committee chair with logistics and will attend most meetings. I ask that you approach this process in a broadly inclusive manner that engages the campus community and seeks a pool of candidates that reflects UW Bothell’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

AG David Kerwin and Dr. Chad Allen will provide the committee with overviews about search committee confidentiality and document retention and implicit bias training on February 14, 2024 from 2:00-4:00pm. The expectation is that all committee members will participate in these sessions though Ms. Rich will record the meeting and share the recording with those who are unable to attend. Our search consultants will solicit input/feedback from stakeholder groups during winter quarter 2024 that will inform a leadership profile. The committee will use the profile to develop an evaluation rubric that will apply throughout the search process. The search firm will also use the profile to recruit a robust candidate pool. I ask that you advise me regarding a short list of candidates for the first-round interviews and up to three candidates to bring to campus for extended finalist visits with the broader community.

At each key milestone, I will confirm with the committee chair that the next step in the process may proceed. I expect a written summary (without ranking) of the strengths and weaknesses of the short-list candidates, and eventually the finalists, that represents the breadth of feedback and information gathered throughout the entirety of the search process. I also plan to meet with the search committee to receive that information verbally. At the end of the search process, I will gather reflections that will inform future leadership searches.

I will attend a portion of your February 14, 2024 kick off meeting to discuss my priorities and expectations for the position and the search, and answer questions. Thank you very much for accepting this important assignment.


Sharon A. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Washington Bothell

cc: Claudia Teschky, Consultant, WittKieffer
Jessica Herrington, Consultant, WittKieffer
Chadwick Allen, Office for Faculty Advancement
David Kerwin, Division Chief, Attorney General’s Office
Jennifer McLoud-Mann, Interim Dean, UW Bothell School of STEM
Felix Neals, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Organizational Excellence & HR