Dean of the College of Built Environments

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington State
Sep 06, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Washington’s College of Built Environments (CBE) seeks a dean to articulate and deliver upon a vision for the next generation of success at the College. Benefitting from an array of disciplines that encompass the built environment and serving one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, the CBE is poised to build on a successful history to enhance its impact on its students and across the publics it serves.

With departments of Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, and Real Estate, the CBE represents the full spectrum of the built environment. When added to the considerable intellectual resources of one of the nation’s great public research universities, opportunities for scholarly and pedagogical collaboration across disciplines — and for influence on public policy and practice across the region and the nation — are considerable. To optimize this potential, the CBE seeks a dean who will continue to raise the profile of the College across and beyond the University and will encourage and incentivize multi- and interdisciplinary teaching, discovery leading to action and practice. In accomplishing this task, the dean will find a faculty and student body enthusiastic to engage in collaboration and to extend the institution’s public reach.

The new dean will possess an earned terminal degree within their chosen discipline, and a record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with an appointment to the University of Washington CBE faculty, or a distinguished record as a practitioner combined with an earned terminal degree and substantive knowledge and understanding of the academic enterprise. The dean will be committed to a diverse environment and will demonstrate a track record of enhancing diversity and inclusion. The new dean will have at least five years of increasingly responsible leadership and managerial experience in an environment of equal or greater complexity. Prior experience engaging external constituencies and soliciting philanthropic support is highly desirable. Experience in an environment in which units have substantial fiscal autonomy (i.e., responsibility-centered management or the like) is strongly preferred.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 31, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at, and the names and contact information of five references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Inquiries and application materials should be sent via email to the College’s consultants, Dennis M. Barden and Robert Luke of Witt/Kieffer, at Questions also may be directed to the consultants through the office of Laurie Adams at


University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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