Dean, College for Design and Social Inquiry

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida
Nov 21, 2016
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida Atlantic University (FAU), a dynamic public research university, welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI). Located in Southeast Florida, a diverse, vibrant financial center and gateway to Latin America, FAU and CDSI are ideally positioned to address some of the region’s and nation’s most pressing urban, societal, and environmental challenges.

FAU was founded in 1964 and is a member of the Florida State University System which is comprised of 12 public institutions. CDSI was established in 1989 and now consists of a collection of professional programs, including five academic units: the School of Architecture, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the School of Public Administration, the School of Social Work, and the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Programs from these schools are offered at four FAU campuses and online. Today the College enrolls over 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students and has 96 full-time faculty and staff members. The College offers degrees in architecture, criminal justice, public safety administration, public management, social work, urban design, and urban and regional planning. CDSI is dedicated to promoting safe, healthy and sustainable communities through education, research and design. We are a unique configuration of professional programs addressing social justice, design, public policy and planning in and for communities. We strive to develop solutions through the integration and synergy of diverse disciplines. In doing so, the College prepares future leaders, scholars, and innovators to advocate for solutions through action. More information about CDSI is available at:

The new dean will be the chief academic and administrative officer of CDSI, reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The dean will provide leadership for the College by creating and implementing a vision and strategy aligned with FAU’s 2025 strategic plan, The Race to Excellence. This will require working closely with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other key stakeholders to leverage the intersections and common strengths among the departments. The dean will play a key role in defining CDSI’s participation in the Pillars and Platforms that make up FAU’s strategic plan which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. The dean will provide strategic leadership, foster excellence in research and teaching, strengthen academic programs, promote global visibility, continue the advancement of innovation and fundraising, and increase the CDSI’s financial resources. 

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in one of the CDSI’s disciplines, or a closely related field; a scholarship and teaching record that would support an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure in a School within CDSI; administrative experience in a higher education context; strong interpersonal and communication skills; and a commitment to collegial decision-making and fundraising.  Additional information, including a Leadership Profile, can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. A review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled; for optimum consideration, materials should be received by January 17, 2017. Candidates should provide a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this leadership profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via email to Florida Atlantic University’s consultants Lucy A. Leske, Khalilah Lawson, and Veena Abraham at [email protected].

The Florida Atlantic University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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