The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world's outstanding public research and teaching universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Letters and Science (L&S). Since its founding in 1889, the mission of L&S is to support education of the complete person for citizenship, for a productive life, and for life long learning. The college’s educational and research programs span the entire spectrum of disciplines in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. L&S departments and programs, research labs and centers, generate both applied and theoretical knowledge, and provide the foundations of liberal arts education and critical-thinking skills that endure throughout a UW Madison student's lifetime. L&S is the university’s largest academic unit, providing core undergraduate, graduate, and professional teaching, research, and outreach programs, as well as the foundation for UW Madison initiatives such as cultural diversity and education for global citizenship. The college’s 16,702 undergraduate and 4,191 graduate students comprise approximately half of the university’s enrollment. L&S has 39 departments and 5 professional schools, approximately 803 faculty, 817 professional staff, 807 university staff, and 1,055 full-time equivalent graduate assistants. The college’s faculty, staff and students also participate in some 90 interdisciplinary centers and programs for which the college serves as the administrative home. The dean, who reports to the chancellor and the provost, serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the college, with responsibility for its instructional, research and outreach environment including faculty and staff development, personnel oversight, a $337.6 million budget, research, curriculum, student academic affairs, fund-raising and advancement.
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Candidates will be evaluated on the following professional and personal characteristics: a record of successful, visionary leadership that shows understanding and appreciation of the dynamic, changing academic environment and the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university; strong management, communication and fund-raising skills; the capacity to relate effectively to faculty, staff, students and external constituencies; a demonstrated commitment to advance learning, research, public service, and the diversity of students, faculty and staff, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and non-discriminatory practices, and to advance an inclusive climate; a commitment to public service through dissemination of research results, promoting the state's economic development, and supporting the Wisconsin Idea within the state, nation and world; demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment of shared governance; responsiveness to the instructional and research needs of other schools/colleges; ability to represent the college and university effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni, and public forums; ability to interact collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries; and nationally recognized accomplishments that meet the standards for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Applications and nominations must be received by 15 February 2013 to ensure consideration. Later applications and nominations may also be considered. The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include a current resume or curriculum vitae and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position, and what they see as challenges and opportunities of the position, as well as the names, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers of five references. Candidates will be consulted before references are contacted. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. However, the university is required to release the names and titles of the finalists, who will be interviewed by the chancellor. Submit applications and nominations electronically to the College of Letters and Science Dean Search and Screen Committee at:
Questions may be directed to the search committee office at 608-262-1677 or firstname.lastname@example.org 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.