Dean, School of Engineering & Computer Science

Denver, CO

University of Denver

University of Denver

Dean, Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science


Ranked among the nation’s Top 100 universities by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Denver (DU) enrolls roughly 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students across its nine colleges and schools. The University is a doctoral granting university with high research activity as classified by the Carnegie Foundation, and is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain West.  The University is located on a 125-acre campus roughly five miles from downtown Denver, with sweeping views of both the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains.  Over the past two decades, DU has invested nearly $1 billion in new building construction, including the $62.5 million Ritchie School facility, opened in 2016.  DU prides itself on its high-impact teaching, international reach, and robust experiential opportunities, which include student research and service.  As the only private comprehensive university in the city of Denver and the state of Colorado, the University plays a vital role in the educational, economic, and civic life of the city and state it calls home. Colorado is a highly advantageous state for technology-related research, teaching, and engagement, ranking second in the State Technology and Science Index, and Denver provides an outstanding ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

With 53 appointed faculty positions and a comparable complement of staff, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science (Ritchie School or RSECS) supports an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 600 and a graduate enrollment of roughly 200.  RSECS offers robust undergraduate programs in applied computing, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, game development, and mechanical engineering.  RSECS is also home to eight master’s programs (bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering with optional management concentration, materials science, mechanical engineering, and mechatronic systems engineering), a half dozen Ph.D. programs (computer science, electrical & computer engineering, electrical engineering, material science, mechanical engineering, and mechatronic systems engineering), and professional degree programs in cybersecurity and data science.  The Ritchie School is housed in a stunning STEM facility with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and student spaces to further innovation and collaboration, as well as to encourage exploration and problem-solving.  Ritchie School students, faculty, and staff also have access to the Innovation Floor – featuring a MakerSpace and Woods Lab – providing them the opportunity to turn ideas into innovative projects through technology and varied mediums like 3-D printing. 

Reporting to the provost and executive vice chancellor, the next Dean will provide visionary leadership to elevate the Ritchie School’s academic and research excellence and to advance its national reputation. In alignment with the University’s strategic direction, the Dean will provide innovative leadership to the School in all facets of operations, including academic affairs, research, administration and planning, student recruitment and career placement, enrollment management and financial aid, financial management, and institutional advancement. The next Dean will serve as a bold, strategic, and innovative leader who possesses exceptional organizational, administrative, and communication skills, a respect for shared governance, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The successful candidate must have a strong and genuine passion for both engineering and computer science, recognizing the critical role that both play at the Ritchie School and in society more broadly.  The ideal candidate will have a record of distinguished teaching, scholarship, and service sufficient to merit a tenured appointment as a full professor within the Ritchie School. 

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 a letter of interest to.


Joi Hayes-Scott and Jett Pihakis

Russell Reynolds Associates

(202) 654-7816


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Posted: 03/18/2020