Title: Professor & Dean
Functional Title: Professor & Dean
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: PUAF-School of Public Policy
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Public Policy and responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial direction of the School. The Dean will work in close partnership with other deans and executive officers of the University. The Dean also receives guidance from the Board of Visitors of the School of Public Policy, a 14-member body spanning a wide spectrum of professional affiliations and experience.
The Dean will engage faculty and staff to more clearly identify, define, and articulate the School’s priorities, brand, and strategic vision. The Dean will drive the School of Public Policy’s efforts to enhance its reputation in the nation and around the world, positioning it as a distinctive place for scholarship and educating the next generation of leaders in public policy and management.
Accordingly, the Dean will provide innovative leadership to promote outstanding research and teaching programs and to build partnerships with policy makers, public officials, alumni, and business leaders that will enhance the student experience and bring significant new resources to the School. The person selected for this role will be an entrepreneurial and visionary leader who will inspire faculty, students, and staff to engage in the work of promoting the School’s upward trajectory.
The qualities being sought in the next Dean include unquestioned integrity, deep appreciation of academic qualities, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, strong administrative abilities, high energy, political astuteness, deep commitment to diversity, common sense, and a personal style that engenders trust and respect. The successful candidate will be a capable delegator, a good listener, well organized, and visible on campus and in the community. The Dean must have a great passion for the role of public higher education and be equally passionate about the University of Maryland. The person selected for this role will have a record of success in research, scholarship, or professional experience that would support an appointment to the rank of professor in the School.
How to apply:
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including – as separate documents – a cover letter, resume, and list of references) should be directed in confidence to:
Gale Merseth, Vice President
Heather Brome, Senior Associate
Courtney Thomas, Associate
Posting Number: E0004436
Posting Date: 01/22/2014
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.