Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science
Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science
New York University
New York University, the largest private university in the United States, seeks a Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), the university’s largest academic unit and one of its central intellectual pillars. The university invites applications and nominations of individuals with high academic standards, an ability to collaborate across the university, and the strategic skills to build upon NYU’s impressive trajectory and leverage the spirit of innovation and creativity that sets NYU apart from other universities.
Founded in 1831, NYU was established in the heart of New York City as a center of higher learning that would be open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background. Since that time, it has had a remarkable trajectory and has emerged as one of the greatest stories in higher education. Today, it is a leading research university, distinctive in its cosmopolitan character, its global outlook, and the boldness of its ambitions. It has a breadth and depth rivaled by few others; in 2018, NYU was ranked amongst the top 30 universities internationally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and U.S. News & World Report. As of 2017, NYU faculty and alumni include 36 Nobel Laureates, 7 Turing Award winners, 5 Fields Medalists, over 30 Academy Award winners, over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, dozens of United States congressional representatives, and hundreds of members of the National Academies of Sciences. As of the most recent admissions cycle, NYU received 75,037 applications for its undergraduate programs, making it the most sought after private institution for higher education in the United States. The university has established a global network that includes full degree-granting portal campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, in addition to 11 global academic centers on six continents.
The Faculty of Arts and Science is the academic heart of the university with nearly 11,000 undergraduates and some 4,000 graduate students. FAS is home to more than 1,000 full-time faculty, including nineteen members of the National Academies. The university’s reputation for scholarly excellence and impact is in large part due to the rapid ascent of many departments in FAS. Fourteen departments are ranked in the top 10, and an additional 12 are ranked in the top 20 in their respective disciplines.
President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming are committed to enhancing the inclusive excellence of FAS. Under the next Dean, FAS will continue strengthening core academic disciplines while also establishing interdisciplinary partnerships across NYU that leverage the strength of its outstanding schools and colleges. The Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Science must demonstrate considerable accomplishments as a successful academic leader in a complex research university and a clear record of enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. The ideal candidate will have held a significant administrative leadership role, typically service as a leader of a department or division within a university, that demonstrates the capacity to navigate the scale and scope of FAS and NYU. Nominees or applicants should hold an earned doctorate with scholarly credentials suitable for tenure at the rank of Professor in a department within the Faculty of Arts and Science.
NYU has retained Isaacson, Miller—a national executive search firm—to assist in this search. John Muckle is leading this search with Julie Yermack and Sydney Giller. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit: www.imsearch.com/6657.
The Faculty of Arts and Science at NYU is at the heart of a leading research university
that spans the globe. We seek scholars of the highest caliber who embody the diversity
of the United States as well as the global society in which we live. We strongly
encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, and other individuals
who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and
national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected
basis. NYU affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build
the strongest possible university with the widest reach. To learn more about the FAS
commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, please read here.
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