Nominations and applications are invited for consideration in the search for the dean of undergraduates at Rice University. The dean of undergraduates governs the academic experience and student life of Rice undergraduates. The role requires exceptional intellectual leadership, active engagement with the community, compassion, and administrative skill. The term for this appointment will begin July 1, 2018. The dean of undergraduates will work closely with the deans of the schools, the provost, and the president to sustain and strengthen Rice's traditional excellence in undergraduate education and in the broader aspects of university undergraduate life. The dean of undergraduates will report to the provost and be a member of the Deans' Council.
The dean of undergraduates will have specific responsibility for coordinating and/or supervising those aspects of undergraduate education that cut across curricula, departments, and schools, as well as for oversight of many of the key educational and developmental components of the university experience, including the residential college system, academic and other advising, and student government, as well as special university programs such as the Center for Civic Leadership.
The dean of undergraduates will partner with the deans of the schools to identify strategic undergraduate opportunities that cut across school boundaries and to implement innovative educational programs and activities at the university level. The dean of undergraduates will have primary responsibility for identifying and optimizing the distinctive strengths of Rice undergraduate education that support the university's educational mission. A particularly important goal of this position is to achieve a greater and more effective integration of curricular and co-curricular education for Rice undergraduates.
The dean of undergraduates will be expected to work in collaborative decision-making relationships with the deans of the schools toward improvements and changes in the undergraduate curriculum, principally, but not necessarily limited to, undergraduate general education. In exercising all of these responsibilities, the dean of undergraduates will be expected to facilitate decision-making guided by leading practices and grounded in research on student learning outcomes, student needs, placement, and an informed understanding of larger national and international developments in higher education. Initiatives and decision-making will be consultative and involve faculty and students.
The dean of undergraduates manages the transition of students into or out of the university, for academic, medical, and/or behavioral reasons. To date, the dean also has served as the university's chief student affairs administrator and has held oversight responsibility for student support offices such as the Center for Career Development, Student Wellbeing, Student Health, Sexual Assault Prevention and Title IX Support, Multicultural Affairs, and Student Judicial Programs. These responsibilities may change depending on the experience of the incumbent and the university's organizational priorities.
The dean of undergraduates is a high-level and high-responsibility position, supported by a substantial number of reporting units and staff. The successful candidate will demonstrate requisite management capabilities, including oversight of budgets and professional staff.
Ideal candidates for this position will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
A full-time tenured faculty appointment and preferably at the full professor level
Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and in scholarship
Previous experience in the development and implementation of innovative curricular or other educational initiatives
Knowledge of the distinctive residential college system at Rice University
A strong record of commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and compassion and skill in working with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
Excellent leadership qualities such as integrity, flexibility, imagination, and interpersonal and collegial consensus-building skills
Ability to listen and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and others within and beyond the university
Discretion and sound judgment in handling sensitive and complex student-related issues
The ability to successfully facilitate and adapt to the evolving nature of the position
Exceptional candidates outside of Rice University but who meet the previously listed criteria will also be considered.
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
Position Status: Full-Time
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.