Job no: 228108-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Position Summary:

UW-Madison College of Letters and Science seeks an accomplished and creative professional for the newly created position of Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity. The successful candidate will work with the Dean, the Dean's leadership team, and the Equity & Diversity Committee to advance the College's Inclusive Excellence priorities. The Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will advise the senior leadership team and lead strategic diversity and inclusion efforts that advance the institutional vision and mission; collaborate with key constituencies to develop and deploy initiatives that contribute to the achievement of diversity and inclusion related goals; contribute to the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented faculty, staff and students; support the efforts of College faculty and academic leaders to enhance the College's curriculum as it pertains to diversity and inclusion; support research initiatives that advance the College's leadership in scholarship concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion, and; serve as a resource for students, student organizations, faculty, and staff about diversity and inclusion. More specifically, the Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity will serve on several governance and college committees to advance diversity and develop strategies to increase and support curricular and co-curricular diversity. The person in this position will lead the drafting of a College Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity strategic plan.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, exercise emotional intelligence, build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and provide leadership. The candidate will also possess demonstrated maturity, leadership, scholarship, and gravitas to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within a large complex organization. The candidate will have experience and demonstrated success at creating an overarching strategic diversity and inclusion strategy, one that includes recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff and students of all statuses.

The successful candidate will have the ability to collect and use data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives; outstanding organizational, problem-solving, and program development skills; in-depth, contemporary knowledge of the culture of higher education and the issues of access, inclusion, diversity, equity, and multiculturalism in a higher education setting; and the respect for and understanding of shared governance. The successful candidate will demonstrate a collaborative and transparent leadership style; strong interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to collaborate with and advise students, student organizations, faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities.

This position is one of several in inclusion, equity and diversity that has been filled recently or is being announced across the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree required. Ph.D. preferred. Degree in field commensurate with the College of Letters & Science, higher education, business, organizational development, or related field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-A minimum of five years of leadership in inclusion, equity, and programming.
-Experience in successfully developing, implementing, and evaluating institutional inclusion, equity, and diversity programs to enhance climate within a complex organization. Familiarity with an academic setting is preferred.
-Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with diverse populations and diverse constituencies to forge practical solutions to complex problems.
-Successful experience and agility managing relations with internal and external communities.
-Familiarity with current national trends in the area of diversity and multicultural issues.
-Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, fiscal management, and supervisory skills.

-Report and grant writing experience.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

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For questions on the position, contact: Cheryl Adams Kadera at

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Cheryl Adams Kadera
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Applications Open: Oct 21 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Nov 18 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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