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Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

University of San Diego
San Diego, California

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The University of San Diego (USD) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). The University’s focus on academic excellence — inspired by faith, infused with contemporary Catholic values and nurtured in a warm, community environment — empowers innovative, confident, original thinkers to make positive contributions to society. Students choose from undergraduate and graduate degree programs housed in the University’s seven schools and college. Proximity to the Mexican border gives San Diego an international perspective that is reflected in the region’s architecture, culture, and celebrations.  

Reporting to the Vice President and Provost, the dean will serve as the chief academic and executive officer for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences overseeing more than 77 full- and part-time faculty and 69 full- and part-time staff. The dean will have 20 direct reports, including one associate dean, three assistant deans, and three department chairs and oversee a budget of approximately $16 million. SOLES academic offerings span an array of areas of study across the graduate and undergraduate levels: three doctoral programs, 10 master’s programs, four teacher credentialing programs, six certificate programs, and five undergraduate programs. Additionally, SOLES serves as home to research institutes and centers that strengthen USD’s mission and connections locally and internationally.

The next dean will have tremendous opportunity to build upon SOLES’ strengths in line with the University’s current strategic plan and assume leadership at an exciting time for USD as it approaches its 75th anniversary. SOLES seeks a visionary leader who will support faculty, staff, and student success through the expansion and strengthening of partnerships both within USD and across the greater San Diego community. The next dean will embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion in all they do, secure resources for SOLES’ future ventures, and support an interdisciplinary culture. The ideal candidate will possess an engaging, transparent, and collaborative leadership style.  The next dean will also demonstrate effective leadership and management experience within an academic setting.

The full position profile is accessible at

For full consideration, please submit your information by September 20. Please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director

Lionel Anderson, Managing Director

Mark Halligan, Senior Associate

Christopher Bernard, Associate

Storbeck Search

[email protected]

For more information, please visit University of San Diego’s home page at

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.


The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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