The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy seeks a strategic and operational leader for the position of Associate Dean for Administration. Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will be a senior leader and key partner in charting the strategic direction of Batten in a competitive higher education environment while also managing day to day operations in a way that reinforces a strong culture of collaboration and a nurturing community.
With about 40 full-time governing faculty (plus another ~40 affiliated and adjunct faculty), and about 300 degree-seeking students (plus additional university students enrolled in Batten classes), the Batten School is unique among policy schools for its embrace of both leadership and public policy as interdisciplinary fields for research, teaching, and public engagement. It is an intellectually diverse community, strengthened by complementary contributions of world class researchers and practitioners alike, all devoted to excellence in teaching Battenâ™s mix of undergraduate and graduate students.
The Batten community is committed to modeling effective leadership and enlightened policy through its governance and operations. Batten leads the University in using technology and rigorously collecting data to inform decision making and resource allocation. Batten remains nimble and innovative in its programs, curriculum, and support for student and faculty service and engagement.
The Associate Dean will join the Batten School and the University of Virginia at a time of celebration, opportunity, and shared vision. The University welcomed its ninth president, James E. Ryan, in August of 2018, a new provost, M. Elizabeth (Liz) Magill, in August 2019, and a new dean of the Batten School, Ian H. Solomon, in September 2019. In August 2019, the Universityâ™s Board of Visitors Approved a new Strategic Plan for the University, and, in October 2019, the University announced a $5B Honor the Future Campaign.
The University of Virginiaâ™s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy was founded to develop leaders and generate new knowledge to solve the worldâ™s toughest public policy challenges. With a 100 million-dollar gift from the late Frank Batten Sr. and a charge to prepare âœenlightened and ethical leaders,â the Batten School opened its doors in 2007 to a small cohort of graduate students. Today the school offers a Masters of Public Policy alongside its Bachelor of Arts program, dual-degree offerings, and an emerging executive education program, while maintaining small cohorts crucial to student cohesion and leadership opportunities.
Battenâ™s talented, multidisciplinary faculty represent some of the sharpest minds at work in economics, social psychology, political science, policy and leadership. The school also is home to faculty-led research centers, focusing on areas such as education policy, health policy, global policy, social entrepreneurship, national security policy, effective lawmaking, and leadership simulation and gaming.
Batten differentiates itself as a model for policy schools around the nation with its emphasis on inspiring change through a unique combination of policy analysis and leadership. Now in its twelfth year, itâ™s clear that the model is working: Battenâ™s growing alumni base includes change-makers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, entrepreneurs, and Fulbright scholars.
Among other challenges, Batten is rapidly outgrowing its primary facility on the lawn of UVAâ™s central Grounds and is seeking alternative and/or additional venues to accommodate the work of students, faculty, and staff. This presents an exciting opportunity to design and develop space solutions that align with the innovative methods of a growing interdisciplinary faculty and a diverse set of students.
The Batten School is at an exciting nexus on many dimensions. The School combines the scholarly excellence of an elite research university with the pedagogical and external engagement focus of a top professional school. Battenâ™s focus on leadership provides a powerful accent to the policy analysis at the heart of the Schoolâ™s MPP program, as well as offering a model for educating enlightened and ethical leaders from among UVA undergraduates. The University of Virginia also features many policy-oriented units, including the Miller Center for Public Affairs, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Center for Politics, and Sorensen Institute, which complement the mission of the Batten School.
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About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.