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**Internal Only*Assoc Dean for Diversity,Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Jul 1, 2021

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Position OverviewThe Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (AD-DEIB) in the School of Engineering (SoE) leads the School’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, consistent with the University’s place among the nation’s most prestigious Universities in the American Association of Universities (AAU). The AD-DEIB will be the School’s leader in the strategies, policies, and administration for matters of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; assists and advises the Dean on related policies and strategies; and serves as the primary administrative contact for these matters in the School. The AD-DEIB is responsible for leading diversity-related recruitment, retention, progression, graduation, assessments, programming, outreach, education and training, communications, reporting, community engagement, proposal development, fundraising, scholarship allocation and monitoring, and evaluation efforts across the School for students, faculty, and staff. The AD-DEIB will collaborate on campus-wide, local, and national diversity initiatives. The AD-DEIB will be aided in this role by a dedicated staff member whom they will supervise.

The AD-DEIB reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Dean of Engineering.
Job DescriptionAssociate Dean (40%)
  • Lead the efforts to enhance the climate of DEIB for all students, faculty, and staff in SoE.
  • Create a vision, strategy, and action plans supporting SoE's commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive teaching, research, and service environment.
  • Provide leadership to the SoE in assessment of DEIB strengths and challenges, development of SoE DEIB objectives and metrics, implementation of strategies, collection and analysis of data, and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Serves as the SoE's liaison to all units across campus working on DEIB objectives; participate in a network of University diversity representatives; and work to further develop and refine the university-wide process for implementation of diversity goals.
  • Oversee research, teaching, and service in the support DEIB that targets the SoE broadly or specific units and that fall outside the Associate Dean's own faculty interests and duties.
  • Serve as a member of the SoE's senior leadership team and work with senior leaders to establish a diversity leadership and accountability structure throughout the SoE that includes all departments and sub-units.
  • Assist the SoE in facilitation of the recruitment, development, and retention of outstanding and diverse SoE faculty, staff, and students in which women and underrepresented populations are fully represented.
  • Advise and assist Dean, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors on DEIB challenges and opportunities.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Dean and chairs/directors of SoE units on DEIB matters.
  • Consider procedures and guidelines to enhance equity and diversity in search, selection, promotion, tenure, and compensation cases for faculty.
  • Foster efforts to obtain external support for DEIB efforts for the SoE broadly and for specific units as needed.
  • Oversee and coordinate professional development, training, and guidance for students, faculty, and staff related to DEIB.
  • Manage the School of Engineering Diversity Task Force and monitor and collaborate with departmental DEIB task groups.
  • Support the development of DEIB Affinity Groups for faculty and staff.
  • Supervise DEIB staff member and students, including IHAWKe Ambassadors.
  • Lead the DEIB efforts in community-based outreach, public relations activities, and corporate partnerships.
  • Work closely with the DEIB Advisory Board.
  • Develop external proposals and work with Endowment and the Office of Research to seek funding through grants, awards, and gifts for DEIB programs.
  • Track and apply for ASEE Diversity Recognition Program.
  • Manage programs such as Engineering MSP and GEM.
  • Oversee IHAWKe student programs such as IHAWKe-a-Thons, Conquer Your Classes workshops, Welcome Back, Tutoring, Mentoring, IHAWKe student groups, and KUEST Outreach (e.g., KUEST, KUEST ONE).
  • Represent KU at regional and national DEIB conferences.
  • Generate internal and external DEIB reports, such as SoE reports for the University, ASEE, US News, among others.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean.
Teaching/Research/Service (60%)
  • Departmental faculty activities of teaching, research, and service.
Required QualificationsThis position is open to KU School of Engineering Faculty Only.
  • Tenured KU School of Engineering faculty, with preference for Full Professorship.
  • Experience in fostering and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as evidenced by prior research, teaching, or service activities.
Administrative Appointment
The AD-DEIB will hold a 40%-time administrative appointment in the School of Engineering, with the remaining appointment in the AD-DEIB's academic department. The percentage appointment can be negotiated based on the level of research, teaching, and service in which the AD-DEIB will engage, outside the scope of the Associate Dean role. Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) a letter of application including a diversity statement addressing how you would foster and lead DEIB efforts for the School of Engineering (up to three pages), (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for at least three references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin on June 25, 2021 and will continue as needed. Contact Information to ApplicantsDr. Candan Tamerler Behar
Search Committee Chair
[email protected] Advertised Salary Rangenegotiable combination of administrative supplement and/or partial summer salary. Application Review Begins25-Jun-2021 Anticipated Start Date01-Jul-2021


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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