The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University (“Tufts”), a private, student-centered, research-intensive university with campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, Massachusetts and Talloires, France, seeks a leader of distinction and standing in international affairs with a combination of academic and practice experiences to serve as the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (“The Fletcher School”). The current Dean of the Fletcher School, Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, following a successful 12-year tenure, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the academic year, and Tufts is seeking his successor to begin during the summer of 2013. The search is comprehensive and world-wide in its scope.
The Fletcher School was founded in 1933 as a graduate school of international affairs offering “…a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society.” The mission of the School remains compelling and valuable eight decades later, and the particular ways in which the School accomplishes these goals have evolved and will continue to evolve, reflecting pervasive changes in international affairs. The faculty’s commitment to innovation in both theory and practice ensures that the teaching program is cutting-edge and policy-relevant. The School’s future will unfold in a world of accelerating change and increasing global interdependence and complexity, creating opportunities as well as challenges for this pre-eminent school of international leadership and policy.
To be successful, the next Dean should possess and further develop a profound understanding of: the mission and meaning of The Fletcher School as an educational enterprise of scholars and students; the importance of developing the financial, human, technical and programmatic resources of the School to enable it to achieve its mission of research, teaching, and service; the mission of Tufts as a leading research university and Fletcher’s role in defining the research and teaching mission of the University as articulated in its emerging strategic plan (http://strategicplan.tufts.edu ); and the knowledge, capacity and vision to lead The Fletcher School in expanding its impact on international affairs.
Tufts seek an exceptional leader who will be regularly and enthusiastically engaged in the Tufts community and the administration of the School. The Dean must have the ability and desire to articulate The Fletcher School’s compelling narrative to current and prospective students and faculty, as well as to diverse audiences of alumni, funders, policy-makers, and leaders in the fields linked to Fletcher’s educational mission. The Fletcher Dean will have standing and credibility in academia as well as strong connections and relationships among global policy-makers.
The Tufts Provost, Dr. David Harris, has appointed a search committee comprised of faculty, members of the Fletcher Board of Advisors, students, University officials, and staff. The Fletcher School is assisted in this recruitment by the executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence as noted below.
Nominations, inquiries and applications, including a resume, cover letter and list of references should be sent in confidence to: Tim McFeeley or Sean Farrell, Isaacson Miller, Inc., 1300 19th Street, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036, Telephone: 202-682-1504, firstname.lastname@example.org . Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.