Position Available: Dean of JSNN

Position Available: Dean of JSNN

Dean, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, Greensboro, NC

The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) seek a visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). JSNN is a pioneering, academic collaboration of the two universities aimed at generating cutting-edge nanoscience and nanoengineering scholarship and applying these advances to impact the regional, state, and national economies. Both universities bring technological strengths and unique capabilities to the Joint School and together form a distinctive connection with the communities of North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point.

UNCG, home of JSNN’s Department of Nanoscience, is a public, coeducational, doctoral-granting, residential university and one of the three original institutions of the University of North Carolina System. With an enrollment of just under 20,000 students, including 3,000 graduate students and 2,500 faculty and staff, UNCG is considered one of the most diverse universities in the UNC System.

NCAT, which houses JSNN’s Department of Nanoengineering, is an 1890 land-grant doctoral research university dedicated to learning, discovery, and community engagement. It is the largest historically black college or university (HBCU) in the nation and its enrollment exceeds 11,500 students, nearly 1,500 of whom are graduate and postdoctoral students, and who are served by more than 700 faculty.

The Dean will join JSNN at a time of significant transformation and will lead the next phase of its growth. Launched in 2010, JSNN’s two departments have 16 full-time faculty and the School recently achieved a long term goal of supporting over 100 graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels. Over a short period of time, JSNN has achieved significant funding and support from industrial partners in the Triad and has built connections/partnerships with national consortia such as the Southeast Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC) and its lead institution Dean, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Georgia Tech, among others. The Dean will continue to grow JSNN’s activities, steward its scholarly expansion, deepen its scientific and economic impact regionally and nationally, and further connect JSNN to its supporting institutions and its community.

The Dean reports to the Provost of UNCG and the Provost of NCAT and serves on the Provost’s Councils of both institutions. S/he will provide academic and administrative leadership of JSNN, manage the School’s $6.5 million annual budget, support extramural funding of approximately $2.8 million, attend to the School’s talented cohort of graduate and post-doctoral students, and foster cooperation among industrial and scholarly partners regionally and nationally, among other critical activities.

The qualities being sought in the next Dean include an earned doctorate in engineering or science with a record of research and scholarship in a nanotechnology-related field consistent with the rank of Full Professor, strong orientation toward entrepreneurial and generative activities with industrial partners, superb communication and interpersonal skills, administrative acumen, and a deep commitment to graduate student support and development. The successful candidate will be an experienced academic leader who will be visible on both campuses and in the community. The Dean will have a great passion for the role of public higher education and its scholarly and economic impact and transformative influence on students and the community.

NCAT and UNCG have retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this critical recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed, in strict confidence to:

Gale Merseth, Vice President

Vijay Saraswat, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210


Phone: (617) 262-6500

Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred.

N.C. A&T does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator@ncat.edu.

In adherence to the UNCG Policy on Discriminatory Conduct, the University has been and will continue to be committed to the equality of employment opportunities and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, creed, veterans status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

JSNN Search Committee Members


Co-chair, John Z. Kiss, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Ed Hellen, Head, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Nick Oberlies, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hemali Rathnayake, Associate Professor, Department of Nanoscience

Michael Elias, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Nanoscience


N.C. A&T

Co-chair, Abdellah Ahmidouch, Dean, College of Science and Technology

Ajit Kelkar, Nanoengineering Faculty

Shyam Aravamudhan, Nanoengineering Faculty

Frederick Ferguson, Mechanical Engineering

Mary Smith, Chair, Biology

Laura Collins, Division of Research and Economic Development

Quassim Dirar, Nanoengineering Doctoral Student



Charles McQueary, Gateway University Research Park Board Member