Dean of Social Sciences

University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 3, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Social Work & Human Services, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology, Administrative, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time

Dean of Social Sciences

The University of Hong Kong invites applications and nominations for appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The University

Ranked world #1 most international university in 2021, and 22nd among the world’s top universities byQS World University Rankings 2022, the University is a leading university in Asia with 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and more than 7,000 academic, academic-related and administrative staff.

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences was established in 1967 and has since undergone rapid expansion and significant transformation. The Faculty comprises the Departments of Geography, Politics and Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, Sociology, and Journalism and Media Studies Centre. Through our focus on social innovation (SI) and global citizenship (GC), we seek to contribute to the advancement of society and the development of leaders locally, regionally, and globally.

The Faculty attracts and nurtures global scholars through excellence in research, teaching and learning, and knowledge exchange. It aims to produce citizens with a global perspective who are critical thinkers, socially aware, ready to embrace diversity, and seek to make an impact on society. For more information, please visit the Faculty’s website at .

The Role

The Dean will provide academic and strategic leadership to the Faculty. He/She will provide a supportive research environment, commit to excellence in education, foster a collegial culture in the Faculty, and have a vision for developing and implementing new strategies for the Faculty, in alignment with the overall vision and strategic plan of the University. He/She will be responsible for building a close and extensive network with the community, fund-raising, and furthering the mission of the Faculty and the University. The Dean will report to the Senior Management Team via the Provost, and will have full budgetary responsibility. The position carries the status and title of Professor. The successful candidate is expected to assume the position in the summer of 2022. The appointment will be for a five-year term, subject to renewal.

Qualifications and Qualities
  • Record of distinguished scholarship and teaching excellence in social sciences
  • Proven senior administrative experience in a premier university, with the ability to command respect from both internal and external stakeholders
  • Global outlook combined with a commitment to excellence in teaching and high-impact research for the University
  • Knowledge of Hong Kong’s educational environment is an advantage
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication and team-building skills
  • Demonstrable success in fostering interdisciplinary cooperation, fundraising, knowledge transfer, and partnership development
Nomination, Expression of Interest and Application

Nominations, expression of interest and applications should be directed to the email address below in confidence. Review of nominations and applications will begin in September 2021, and will continue until the post is filled. The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency.

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Advertised: Sep 3, 2021 (HK Time)
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