Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 03, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Texas at Austin

Dean, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs


The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) seeks applications and nominations for Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School), which is ranked 1st in Texas and 8th nationally among schools of public affairs according to U.S. News & World Report (2020). A member of the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU) and one of the nation’s premier centers for academic excellence, UT Austin has more than 40 departments ranked in the top 25 nationwide in 2021. At the graduate level, 48 university programs and specialties rank in the top 10 nationally. 


As the chief academic and administrative officer of the LBJ School, the Dean is responsible for providing strategic and intellectual leadership and overseeing the operations and finances of the School, including all programmatic and personnel activities. The LBJ School’s faculty includes academics from numerous disciplines as well as distinguished former public servants and policy practitioners. The educational mission of the School is carried out by nearly 60 full-time faculty, tenured and non-tenured, in addition to a cadre of adjunct faculty. The LBJ School is home to several centers and institutes, dedicated to facilitating policy-relevant research and, through extensive public engagement, to deepening society’s understanding of public policy issues and processes. The LBJ School is further distinguished by its close relationship with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, and with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The School’s 2021 budget is projected to be approximately $26 million.


The LBJ School offers a broad array of academic and research programs that have built the School’s global reputation in health and social policy; international security; global development; technology policy; energy and the environment; and public and nonprofit management. The LBJ School offers four degree programs: Master of Public Affairs; Master of Global Policy Studies; Ph.D. in Public Policy; and Executive Master in Public Leadership. In Fall 2020, the LBJ School enrolled 325 master’s students, 29 doctoral students, and 19 students in the Executive Masters in Public Leadership.


The University is committed to selecting a dean who will build on the achievements of LBJ faculty and students over fifty years, further enhance the School's stature and influence, and effectively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of the LBJ School community. The next Dean of the LBJ School must have a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments, including a sustained and successful research program, that merits appointment at the rank of tenured full professor, and have a terminal degree in one of the many fields related to public affairs. These fields include but are not limited to economics, history, law, political science, public administration, public policy, and sociology. The LBJ School Dean will be a fellow of the J.J. “Jake” Pickle Regents Chair in Public Affairs.


The University seeks a Dean with demonstrated understanding of public policy and experience in the public arena including the formation and execution of policy, management and leadership skills, and the ability to lead a self-governing community of scholars and practitioners, tenured and non-tenured, at one of the world's leading centers of public policy education.  


Founded in the tradition of President Johnson's commitment to civil rights and social equality, the LBJ School values diversity and inclusion in its leadership, faculty, student body and curriculum, and it is working to strengthen and modernize its commitment to these principles. Candidates from all ethnic, racial, gender and national-origin backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.  Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to:


 Jett Pihakis and Joi Hayes-Scott

Russell Reynolds Associates 

(202) 654-7800


To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible but no later than March 8.


The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing an inclusive educational environment in which all students, faculty, and staff can learn, research, create, work, and thrive free from all forms of harassment, discrimination, and misconduct. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UT Austin complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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