The College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences (CEIAS) is looking for a new dean, and Mike Jackson is the second candidate vying to fill that role. Jackson graduated from Oregon State University with a doctorate in Civil Engineering and has had a variety of professional affiliations since, according to Clemson University.
Currently he is a professor and department chair of the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management (CSM), College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University.
Jackson is also a licensed Professional Engineer in various states, including Oregon, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Washington, according to his curriculum vitae which can be found through NAU's SharePoint. Additionally, he has worked as a department chair for Georgia Southern University and a professor of computing, engineering and construction at the University of North Florida.
His curriculum vitae also includes over $3 million dollars in externally funded research in North Florida for various construction projects, in which he worked as a Principal Investigator for most. Some goals of Jackson’s as dean would be to stimulate similar growth and funding in CEIAS.
“My immediate goal would be to work with the current faculty and staff of the college to identify new revenue streams in support of continued growth of the excellent undergraduate degree programs housed in the college,” Jackson said.
Jackson also mentioned the ways in which he plans to make this growth a possibility, and why he is the candidate that would be the best fit for the role.
“I believe that the successful dean of CEIAS will work closely with the current department chairs and other key leadership team members of the college to promote academic excellence, including the use of modern technology and innovative delivery methods,” Jackson said.
The candidate then ended his statement by summarizing how his unique qualifications and experiences would be recognized as a great fit to lead the faculty, staff and students as the new dean of CEIAS.
To conclude the dean search, the last candidate will visit NAU on March 12 and 13.