The University of Utah seeks a Dean of the College of
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for
the position of Dean of the College of Humanities. The Dean will be
a tenured professor serving as the College’s chief academic and
administrative officer. Duties include oversight of academic
programs, fundraising, recruiting/retention of outstanding and
diverse faculty, staff, and students; and communicating within the
University, and to the community-at-large, the goals and
achievements of the College and the importance of the humanities in
a dynamic and changing society.
The Dean will serve a five-year renewable term and will report
to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Serve as chief academic officer of the College of
- Provide leadership for strategic planning, including developing
and enhancing the College’s academic programs.
- Oversee College advancement, including development, marketing
and communications, donor cultivation and fundraising, and alumni
- Promote and facilitate interdisciplinary programming and
collaboration in the College and across the University.
- Promote an environment where equity, diversity, and justice are
fostered accountably throughout the teaching, research, and service
activities of the college.
- Facilitate equitable and just access to Humanities degree
programs for students from marginalized communities
- Ensure continued accreditation and state approvals.
- Oversee recruitment, supervision, professional development, and
retention of strong and diverse faculty and staff.
- Support faculty research and the related development required
to ensure continued, strong contributions in this area.
- Manage College budget, course scheduling, and staff.
- Participate in University governance, including service on
standing and ad hoc committees, and represent the College to
The successful candidate must have demonstrated, significant
achievement in leadership, scholarly activities, and
administration. The Dean should be committed to shared governance
and open communication and, specifically, the candidates must
demonstrate evidence of the following qualifications:
- PhD in humanities or a related discipline.
- Qualification for tenure in a College of Humanities department
or related discipline/department.
- A track record of success in developing and deploying strategic
initiatives to advance high-quality research and research
- A record of vision-building that demonstrates ability to
oversee growth and development of the College of Humanities,
including vision and strategy related to educational delivery
models and processes.
- Demonstrated, successful experience managing diverse academic
units, as well as identifying, recruiting, and retaining
distinguished faculty for the College.
- A philosophy, vision, and record that reflect commitment to
innovative and effective education, equity, diversity,
multicultural perspectives, and teaching/learning in multiple
- Experience in developing forward-thinking strategies for new
sources of revenue and fundraising.
- Demonstrated capacity to attract significant philanthropic
investments in the academic enterprise.
- A demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and
inclusion in higher education.
- Excellent communication skills, as well as an ability to
collaborate and communicate across campus, community, and
government entities in ways that facilitate awareness and
excitement about the College.
The mission of the University of Utah is to create a learning
environment that fosters discovery, refinement, and wide
dissemination of knowledge. By integrating outstanding teaching,
cutting-edge research, creative scholarship, and community
involvement, the University investigates significant issues
affecting and advancing the human condition, while preparing its
students for important roles within a diverse and ever-changing
The University of Utah is committed to a diverse and inclusive
environment where student citizens are provided the opportunity to
develop the vision, perspective, skills, and integrity to become
influential leaders and professionals. The University aims to
achieve a nationally renowned scholarly and collegial environment
for the generation of ideas, interdisciplinary research, and
creative works that will contribute to the betterment of Utah and
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is fi lled; parties who apply by
September 28, 2021 will be given first consideration. Upon
application, please submit a PDF version of your CV/resume, a
letter of interest, and a diversity statement (maximum one page).
That statement should describe how your values and leadership frame
or center Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in your work.
Please highlight any specific EDI goals, issues, or initiatives
that you have led which have transformed your department or
All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.
To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su256
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The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in
the application process will be provided to individuals with
disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Room 135, (801)
581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an
accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in
its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to