Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Full Professor - Tenured

Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Sep 03, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Overview

School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Bothell

Organization: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Title: Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Full Professor - Tenured

Position Details
Position Description

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is seeking a collaborative leader with a deep commitment to interdisciplinarity and experience in advancing institutional diversity to serve as its Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS). One of three campuses at the University of Washington, located 30 miles outside of Seattle, UW Bothell is one of the most diverse public university campuses in the state dedicated to teaching and engaged scholarship. A non-departmentalized school, IAS provides a rigorous, cross disciplinary liberal arts education, in the context of a public research university; the school is committed to innovative pedagogy, integrated research and creative practice, and deep community partnerships. The Dean of IAS will be joining a passionate and highly dedicated group of faculty, staff, and students, inspired to making the world a better, more just, and inclusive place.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UW has the largest research budget of any public university in the country ($1.58 billion in sponsored grants and contracts) and was recently ranked in the Top 10 Global Universities byU.S. News & World Report, one of two public universities on that list. In 1990, the Washington State legislature established two new UW campuses, in the cities of Tacoma and Bothell, south and northeast of Seattle respectively, to broaden access to higher education for the state’s residents.

UW Bothell combines the intimacy of a small college with the resources and prestige of a major public research university. The campus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs on campus and at satellite locations in Western Washington. More than half of incoming students at UW Bothell will be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. The campus is located in a beautiful natural setting and boasts award winning architecture and cutting-edge facilities overlooking natural wetlands and the Cascade Mountains. Its size and co-location with Cascadia College place UW Bothell in an excellent position for continued educational and regional impact. Access and opportunity are central to UW Bothell’s mission, as is its focus on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement.

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the academic core of UW Bothell. As one of the largest schools at UW Bothell, IAS employs close to 100 full and part-time faculty members and educates over 1,000 students each year. The incoming Dean will succeed Bruce Burgett, the inaugural Dean of IAS, who is returning to the faculty after 14 years of service as Acting Director, Director, and then Dean. Moving forward, the Dean will build upon IAS’ strong foundation and work to address the following key opportunities and challenges:

  • Build upon and maintain a diverse workplace that successfully serves and mirrors IAS’ diverse student population;
  • Uphold and strengthen the student-centric, interdisciplinary, liberal arts culture;
  • Strengthen IAS for the future by building cultural cohesion and intellectual community;
  • Align resources and ensure transparent and equitable budget management and allocation;
  • Build external partnerships to strengthen community engagement practices and IAS’s fiscal sustainability.

UW Bothell seeks a strategic and collaborative academic leader capable of elevating IAS to greater academic heights.

Detailed position profile here

The faculty rank of this full-time, 12- month appointment is a tenured full professor.

The anticipated start date of this position is July 1, 2021.


UW Bothell seeks a strategic and collaborative academic leader capable of elevating IAS to greater academic heights.


Qualified candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or other earned doctorate in a field appropriate for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Candidates must demonstrate qualifications for rank at the level of professor with tenure, and academic and administrative leadership experience in a university setting. The selected candidate must have the necessary qualifications to be elected by the senior faculty as a tenured full professor in IAS.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • An exemplary record in teaching and research;
  • A record of leadership and administrative experience in complex higher-education settings;
  • Core values and a leadership style that align with IAS’s culture of interdisciplinarity, community engagement, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels;
  • Experience with shared governance and collaborative decision making, and ability to work in a climate of integrity, transparency, and inclusiveness, across campus and the University;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Familiarity and experience with RCM and/or activity-based budget models a plus;
  • Experience in strategic academic prioritization and resource allocation, ideally within public comprehensive and/or liberal arts institutions;
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and new resource generation;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain partnerships with industry, government entities, nonprofit organizations and other academic institutions;
  • Experience effectively supervising faculty and staff in a way that enables professional growth and development;
  • An understanding of complex human resources processes;
  • Commitment to academic freedom and the University’s public mission, and an appreciation for the value brought by diverse perspectives;
  • Experience working with multiple constituencies in shaping a vision for the future of an analogous institution of higher education in the 21st century.

The University of Washington Bothell has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: . To submit an application (including a CV, cover letter, statement on diversity, application and contact information, and five professional references), visit . Electronic submission of materials is required.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond

Diversity is a core value of University of Washington Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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