Dean Search


The College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology is searching for its next dean. The College of Science is a campus leader in research and Ph.D. education and a provider of significant components for all RIT students' general education curriculum and foundational courses in science and mathematics. 

Students are prepared for the challenges of today's highly technical world through a diverse curriculum spanning traditional and cutting-edge technologies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, imaging, and color science. From the start, students in the College of Science work in modern labs–with equipment found in professional settings–building skills in the field and through real-world experiences that set them apart from their peers. They engage in undergraduate research with faculty and experience hands-on learning through co-ops and internships. 

The College of Science also serves as the center of mathematics and science education for students enrolled in the college's degree programs and all majors at RIT. It continues to grow research, creates new innovative programs, and provides students with an educational experience to help them succeed in their careers and develop into innovators who can effect positive change in the world.

About the Search Firm

Isaacson, Miller recruits outstanding leaders who strengthen organizations that advance the public good. As one of the country's premier executive search firms, Isaacson, Miller has nearly four decades of experience in recruiting senior leaders for some of the top visual and performing arts and cultural organizations, academic medical centers, healthcare institutions, foundations, preK-12 education and education improvement organizations, colleges and universities, social justice advocacy groups, conservation and environment organizations, human services providers, and other mission-driven organizations that make a difference in people's lives. The advancement practice supporting these fields is one of the largest in the country.

Isaacson, Miller’s belief in the power of exceptional leadership and an unwavering commitment to service excellence, integrity, and impact animate their firm. Isaacson, Miller enjoys an 83% returning-client rate. They identify and recruit exceptional candidates from a broad range of backgrounds across nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors, and contribute to increasingly diverse leadership in their client organizations with over 58% of placements being women and/or people of color.

Greg Esposito, partner
Amy Gillespie, associate

Search Committee

Todd Jokl Dean, CAD, Search Committee Co-Chair
Michael Coleman Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Materials Science Search Committee Co-Chair
Clayton Turner RIT Board of Trustees; director, NASA Langley Research Center
Margaret Rollins Senior Director of Advancement
Daniel Amburgey Undergraduate Student Representative
Tiyasa Sarkar Graduate Student Representative
Michael Kotlarchyk Professor of Physics, School Head, Physics and Astronomy
Catherine Mahrt-Washington Assistant Dean
Nate Cahill Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences Director, Mathematical Modeling Program
Joseph Lanzafame Principal Lecturer, School of Chemistry and Materials Science
Emmett Ientilucci Associate Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Crista Wadsworth Assistant Professor, Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
Susan Farnand Assistant Professor, Color Science Graduate Program Director

Search Timeline

  • Search Begins - Early November
  • Recruitment Period - November-Early February
  • Finalist Interviews - March
  • Announcement of New Dean - April