Dean, Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management
I. The Institution
Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) seeks applications and nominations for the position of dean of the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, FUV is a private, not-for-profit Vietnamese university inspired by the American liberal education tradition and dedicated to serving Vietnamese society through innovations in teaching, technology, and discovery. FUV was announced by President Barack Obama on May 24, 2016. FUV benefits from founding financial support from the United States Department of State and an array of public and private donors.
The Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (FSPPM) builds upon a two-decades long initiative of Harvard University to incubate a center of public policy research and teaching in Ho Chi Minh City, the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program (FETP). FETP was a pioneering institution in both teaching and research. FETP launched Vietnam’s first masters in public policy program (MPP) in 2006. Its policy-oriented research contributed meaningfully to the national policy discourse. In the fall of 2016, Harvard transferred the people and programs of FETP to FUV. These unique intellectual assets are now the nucleus of the FSPPM, FUV’s first academic unit. By virtue of this heritage, FSPPM is at once both an established academic enterprise with a distinguished track record and a small but accomplished faculty as well as a start-up. Among FSPPM’s activities are a fulltime masters in public policy (MPP) program, a policy dialog initiative for senior Vietnamese government officials, and the Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI), a research program focused on transnational policy challenges at the intersection of environmental and development policy.
FUV’s Board of Trustees has adopted an ambitious mandate for FSPPM to become an internationally recognized graduate professional school that prepares students for positions of leadership in all sectors of society and contribute to the resolution of the grand challenges facing Vietnam, the region, and the world through policy engagement, analysis, and research.
II. The Position
The Dean is the chief architect of FSPPM’s institutional design and academic programs. The Dean will create both a long-range vision for the school that is aligned with the mandate set by the FUV board and the overall institutional vision for FUV, and will develop concrete strategies to implement this vision. The Dean’s anticipated priorities include: 1) leading the redesign of FSPPM’s flagship residential master’s program in public policy and the development of innovative additional degree and nondegree programs; 2) leading the development of revenue generating programs and activities; 3) sustaining and expanding FSPPM’s policy dialog and engagement activities; 4) expanding the breadth of FSPPM’s academic enterprise by growing the LMPPI and faculty expansion; 5) enhancing FSPPM’s regional reputation and relevance; and 6) defining a vision for how partnerships with external institutions and individuals can enrich FSPPM's academic programs. The Dean will also work closely with the Chief Academic Officer and other institutional leaders to integrate FSPPM’s programs, policies, and faculty with the broader university as FUV grows.
III. Qualifications and How to Apply
The candidate will ideally take up the position, which is based in Ho Chi Minh City, in 2017, though the starting date is subject to negotiation. Remuneration and benefits will be internationally competitive.
A PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) in a policy-relevant field is required. Relevant leadership experience, and a track record of engagement with policy issues, are desired. Applicants are invited to send a letter of interest and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries are welcome. The position will remain open until filled, with an initial review of candidate applications to take place in late May.