American University
Washington D.C.
Nov 09, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

American University (AU) seeks an energetic, experienced, visionary leader as its next dean for the School of International Service (SIS).  SIS was founded 60 years ago in response to President and SIS co-founder Dwight D. Eisenhower’s call for the need to prepare students in international affairs to serve the global community and “wage peace” at a time when the threat of nuclear war seemed imminent. Today, SIS pursues that mandate through active service, world-class teaching, and cutting-edge research on a range of pressing global issues. SIS nurtures and develops professionals, scholars, advocates and citizens who strive to make a positive impact on the world.

The new dean of SIS will lead a globally recognized school of international affairs, joining the leadership team of new AU president Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The dean will play an important role in raising the profile, reputation and influence of AU and SIS nationally and internationally while enhancing the school’s research, instructional programs, fundraising, and service.

Located in the nation’s capital near centers of government, business, research, and the arts, AU is a globally-oriented university dedicated to educational and scholarly excellence as it prepares students for leadership in an increasingly complex world. The university attracts and educates active citizens from around the globe who seek to acquire and apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the nation and world.

Over the past decade, AU has been on an impressive trajectory. Key institutional metrics are trending upward, including undergraduate retention and graduation rates; graduate student enrollment; student, faculty, and staff diversity; and the number and size of external grant requests. The university has hired outstanding faculty, improved student academic qualifications, strengthened faculty and staff quality and compensation, and undertaken major capital projects. These achievements are being recognized: AU has steadily climbed in national and international higher education rankings. U.S. News & World Report ranks AU among the nation’s top 50 private universities.

Situated in one of the world’s most influential cities, SIS is well positioned to capitalize on AU’s strategic investments as well as the opportunities afforded by its geographic location. As a leading school of international affairs, SIS is a comprehensive, innovative, visionary, and interdisciplinary problem-solving community of faculty, students, and staff. Through a diverse portfolio of degree programs and professional training opportunities, SIS offers its undergraduates a cutting-edge liberal arts curriculum in international studies, while training the next generation of graduate professionals to bridge the academic and policy worlds and shape public understanding of major policy issues facing the world today. SIS’s faculty represent multiple disciplines, including environment, public health, international development, economics, history, geography, political science, anthropology and sociology, and their work shapes debate and action on global health, security studies, poverty, sustainability, international economic relations, conflict resolution, and a range of other challenges at the local, national, and international levels.

As SIS’s chief academic and administrative officer, the dean reports to the provost and provides intellectual leadership to faculty, students, and staff. S/he leads planning, program development, fundraising, administrative, and personnel efforts to build and sustain excellence in the school’s operations. The dean is a member of the President’s Council and Deans’ Council.  The dean works collaboratively with AU leadership, other administrators and deans, faculty, and staff to advance the university and the school. Additionally, the dean is SIS’s primary representative and engages with external stakeholders to build visibility, reputation, philanthropic support, and revenue.

AU has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Sean Farrell, Vice President

Marc St.Hilaire, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036  

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. 

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