The University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Optics and Photonics. The College of Optics and Photonics, which houses CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers), is one of the world’s foremost institutions for research and education in optics and photonics.
Located in Orlando, UCF is one of the nation's most dynamic metropolitan research universities. We are seeking a visionary leader for the college. The dean of the college is responsible for working with the faculty to foster excellence in research and education while continuing to reinforce the role of the college within the university and industry. As the academic and administrative leader of the college, the dean's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: fiscal management, strategic planning, and academic programs.
The next dean of the College of Optics and Photonics shall possess:
• a strong commitment to advance research, teaching, and learning;
• an ability and willingness to advocate for student success and faculty excellence;
• evidence of advancing diversity and inclusivity;
• the ability to inspire the college's faculty, students and staff, university community, industry partners, donors and alumni to dedicate their time and talent in pursuit of a shared vision for the college;
• a strong understanding of current trends and research directions in optics and photonics essential for promoting and accelerating research and discovery in the college;
• a working knowledge of the industry, its main challenges and strategic directions for the future.
This position reports to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
The College of Optics and Photonics offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Optics and Photonics and a B.S. degree in Photonic Science and Engineering. The faculty engage in a broad spectrum of research covering all areas of optics and photonics, ranging from fundamental physics to device and systems research.
The college has 35 core faculty members and over 20 faculty members with joint appointments, about 50 research scientists and postdoctoral scholars, over 140 graduate students, and 150 undergraduate students. The college is home to the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence (FPCE), the Townes Laser Institute (TLI), the Townes Institute for Science and Technology Experimentation Facility (TISTEF), and the Institute for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology (iFAST). Additional information is available at https://www.creol.ucf.edu.
UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to more than 68,000 students, offering 189 bachelor's and master's degrees, and 32 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and over 147 countries. A priority on diversity and inclusiveness led UCF to co-found the University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of large public research universities committed to better serving first-generation, low-income students. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF the 10th "Most Innovative School" in its Best Colleges 2019 report. Additionally, UCF is one of 56 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local and global impact, and the integration of technology and learning. For additional information about the University of Central Florida, please visit www.ucf.edu.