An Invitation to Apply for the Position of Dean of Arts and Sciences
December 12, 2017
Higher Education Institution
Brandeis University (Brandeis) is seeking a visionary academic leader to serve as its next Dean of Arts and Sciences. This Dean will build upon the platform of excellence that has been established over Brandeis’ 69-year history, and will lead a world-class faculty in groundbreaking research and innovative, effective teaching, while ensuring a top-notch student experience is delivered to students. Brandeis is a medium-sized, non-sectarian private research university with global reach, dedicated to a first-rate undergraduate and graduate education while concurrently making significant intellectual discoveries. The more than 550 faculty members are leaders in their fields, and are as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. The University's 5,700 undergraduate and graduate students are talented, curious, and compassionate, and they are open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Located in the suburbs of Boston—a global hub for innovation and higher education—Brandeis remains animated by a core set of values: reverence for learning; an emphasis on critical thinking; and making the world a better place through one’s talents and actions. Arts and Sciences is the academic home for most of Brandeis’ undergraduate and graduate programs and is the intellectual platform for its culture of learning and engagement. The Dean, therefore, has a uniquely prominent role in the direction of the University. The Dean will be expected provide an entrepreneurial vision for the school; hire, guide and support an excellent faculty; oversee changes to general education requirements; ensure the continued excellence of the graduate program; provide strategic leadership to improve the student experience within and outside of the classroom; align admissions and enrollment with the goals of the institution; support and promote a diverse and inclusive culture; oversee strategic and financial planning; and create clear and efficient organizational processes and structures.
The successful candidate will bring a keen desire to work across different academic disciplines and will possess a demonstrated history of innovative and effective leadership in a highly consultative, collaborative, and complex academic environment. Candidates will bring significant experience in recruiting, retaining, and nurturing faculty; have capability in advancing curricular and co-curricular innovations, especially at the undergraduate level; and have strategic planning and financial stewardship experience. This Dean will be knowledgeable and entrepreneurial in envisioning, managing, and facilitating access to funding; will have experience in advocating for diverse disciplines; and will have an unwavering commitment to shared governance. Additionally, the Dean will bring a distinguished record of scholarship and academic achievement in a field appropriate for appointment as a full tenured professor in one of the 24 departments in Arts and Sciences.
All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically and in confidence to: Rebecca Swartz, Principal Matthew Tzuker, Senior Associate Sydney Giller, Associate Isaacson, Miller 263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110 www.imsearch.com/6357
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb... School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of the American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.