Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA or the Academy), ranked among the best public institutions in the nation for its unrivaled return on investment and effectiveness in promoting social mobility, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of inaugural associate dean of the newly established School of Engineering.

MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees that are highly regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located at the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, the Academy is an hour’s drive from the thriving urban communities of Boston and Providence and offers easy access to the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

One of nine campuses of the Massachusetts state university system, MMA serves and prepares 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, international maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields. MMA has long offered a successful blend of career-focused education informed by strength in both an academic core and the discipline of regimental life. MMA graduates enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace; they are highly sought after due to their strong leadership qualities and work ethic.

The Position

Reporting to the dean of undergraduate studies, the associate dean will serve as the school’s chief academic and administrative officer and play a central role in promoting the institution’s engineering programs and enhancing academic excellence. The associate dean will be a member of the provost’s senior leadership team and will work closely with the provost, dean of undergraduate studies, assistant dean for academic resources, and other university leaders, faculty, and staff in formulating and implementing the school’s academic goals and policies.

The associate dean will work in close partnership with the engineering department chairs in overseeing programs in marine engineering, facilities engineering, and energy systems engineering and their related courses. The associate dean will oversee personnel evaluation for the engineering faculty and instructional specialists and supervise the screening and selection process for full-time and part-time faculty and staff. Additionally, the associate dean will work with industry leaders to develop partnerships that provide students with a range of experiential learning and career opportunities. The associate dean may also serve as dean of undergraduate studies in the absence of the dean.


Massachusetts Maritime Academy seeks an innovative, strategic, and collegial academic leader who understands the distinctive mission of the Academy and is committed to student success. Required qualifications include a terminal degree in engineering, educational administration, or a related field (PhD preferred); applicants with non-engineering terminal degrees must have an engineering master’s or bachelor’s degree. Additional qualifications include a minimum of three years of academic leadership experience, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to lead through influence and collaboration.

Application and Nomination

Massachusetts Maritime Academy has retained Spelman Johnson, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by January 5, 2024, will be assured full consideration. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet, practice leader and senior consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The anticipated hiring salary range for the associate dean is $125,000 to $135,000 annually, commensurate with experience. MMA expects to make an appointment in March 2024, and the successful candidate will be expected to take office on or about July 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Academy is not sponsoring immigration visas at this time.

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 MMA is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, women, and veterans to apply.

 Finalists must complete a pre-employment drug screening, background check, and COVID-19 vaccine verification.