The Humphrey School of Public Affairs seeks nominations and application from within the University of Minnesota for an Associate Dean, a full-time position. This is a two-year, renewable appointment. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in developing and overseeing all academic and research activities at the Humphrey School, and play a role in the School's activities and engagement at the local, national, and global levels. If the successful candidate comes from a tenured faculty position outside the Humphrey School, we expect that the candidate would take leave from - but retain - his or her faculty appointment outside the Humphrey School and return to that tenured faculty position after service as Associate Dean at the Humphrey School.
The School seeks to acheive diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes and encourages nominations of persons from historically underrepresented groups.
The associate dean provides the key leadership role in the development of graduate degree programs offered by the School. S/he collaborates with the directors of graduate studies, faculty, students, and fellows to strengthen the for credit degree and professional development programs. The associate dean provides leadership in improving the vitality of the academic community of the School by guiding the development and enforcing policies and guidelines governing instructional programs. These include graduate degree programs, certificate programs, professional development of curricular resources and programs that lead to students' academic success.
As the college's chief research officer, the associate dean provides leadership in the management of research activities and oversight of School Areas, centers, and outreach programs. The associate dean provides leadership in the development and enforcement of policies and guidelines governing the research and Area-based activities as the School and the management of all sponsored activities of the faculty, fellows, and staff, in coordination with appropriate staff in the financial services office, the dean's office, and the Area chairs.
The associate dean performs other administrative duties that arise in the dean's office and the School, and represents the dean and the college within and outside the University as appropriate, including with various associations in which public affairs schools and faculty are members. The associate dean also maintains regular contact with the School's student body through a variety of formal and informal means. The associate dean is integral to leadership at the School including around School-wide strategic planning, the School's Diversity Strategic and Action Plan related efforts, School climate initiatives, and employee engagement efforts and activities. The associate dean serves as an ex officio member of the School's Executive Council, Admission Committee, PhD Committee, and Diversity Committee; and charis the School's Curriculum Committee.
The successful candidate should have a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, and a record of scholarly accomplishment, ideally in a field related to one or more of the School's Areas: Global Policy (including international development, international affairs and foreign policy); Politics and Governance; Leadership and Management; Regional Policy and Planning; Science, Technology and Public Policy; and/or Social Policy. Significant scholarship in other academic fields is also acceptable. The candidate is expected to possess a broad knowledge of higher education and public affairs education. Experience in a senior public, non-profit or philanthropic policy-making or management position, and experience in an academic administrative position are both very valuable, although not a requirement.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.