Dean of Georgetown College

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 19, 2021
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of Georgetown College. Georgetown College, as Georgetown's school of arts and sciences, is critical to Georgetown's identity as a student-centered research university. The College and the university have a powerful sense of community, and the College is thriving within a university that continues to grow in scope, stature, and recognition.

The dean is the academic leader of Georgetown College, the oldest and largest school within the university, home to 26 academic departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs across the arts and sciences. The dean is responsible for supporting, strengthening, and diversifying a strong faculty, staff, and student body of both undergraduate and graduate students while enhancing the environment for teaching and research.

The dean will enhance and promote programs within and across disciplines – both within the College and in partnership with the other university deans. The dean is responsible for maintaining and promoting the College’s commitment to an exceptional education, achieved through substantive student-faculty interaction in and beyond the classroom; fostering a strong, diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community in which all can flourish; pedagogical innovation; active, reflective, and experiential learning; application of theory to practice; artistic production; thriving faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research; and the development of the critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills that are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education.

The new dean will contribute to several crucial efforts currently underway:

  • Strengthening the research-oriented environment among faculty and students in concert with support for high-impact and innovative teaching;
  • Providing key leadership in supporting, implementing, and extending the university's existing racial justice initiatives and priorities;
  • Guiding the recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;
  • Ensuring that the College will craft policies and create programs that promote gender equity;
  • Nurturing the growth of graduate education and support for graduate students;
  • Leading the development of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative;
  • Collaborating on cross-campus initiatives, such as the Emergent Ethics Initiative, the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Racial Justice Institute, and The Georgetown Initiative on Tech & Society; and
  • Playing a key role in the return to campus life, following COVID, including continuing to strengthen the environment to assist faculty to fulfill their scholarly and teaching ambitions.

The dean of Georgetown College is appointed by the president (John J. DeGioia) and reports to the provost (Robert Groves). The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar, committed teacher, talented administrator, and strategic thinker with the intellectual and personal qualities essential to growing and fostering a diverse community and guiding the College through a challenging and changing landscape in higher education. The dean plays a leading role in supporting and sustaining Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.

Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international, student-centered research university of 17,000 students, embodying its founding principles in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff; a commitment to justice and the common good including and especially the social justice and public health events impacting its community and the world; intellectual openness; and an international character. As the largest and most academically diverse school in the university, the College enrolls approximately 3,446 undergraduates and employs a full-time faculty of nearly 500, including both tenure-line and non-tenure-line members. The College faculty also participates in 19 Ph.D. programs and more than 50 master’s programs (home to roughly 400 master’s students and nearly 600 doctoral students).

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting Georgetown University in this search. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by no later than April 15, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Georgetown's consultants – Jean Dowdall Ph.D., Robin Mamlet, Melissa Fincher, and Veena Abraham, J.D., at


Georgetown University provides equal opportunity in employment for all persons, and prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment in all aspects of employment because of age, color, disability, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, matriculation, national origin, personal appearance, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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