The University of Oregon seeks a visionary, strategic, and collaborative leader as its next dean of the College of Design, and invites nominations, inquiries, and applications.
A unique academic ecosystem, the College of Design comprises creative practitioners—artists, architects, and designers—and social scientists, humanities scholars, engineers, economists, biologists, planners, and policy makers. The college engages in critical questions and tackles complex problems. It has supported, inspired, and shaped students for more than 100 years and is committed to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and interdisciplinary education. The college is home to 1,300 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 225 faculty, across three schools—the schools of Architecture & Environment; Planning, Public Policy and Management; and Art + Design; and one department—the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. It has a budget of approximately $28 million for the current fiscal year.
The University of Oregon is an academic community relentlessly pursuing excellence as a top tier research university with a rich history in liberal education. It has come a long way since 155 students showed up on a fall Oregon morning in 1876—the start of the UO’s storied history. Today, UO enrolls almost 23,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 different countries and territories. With 325 degree or certificate programs—and more in development all the time—the UO is a dynamic place for students, faculty, and staff. The University employs approximately 2,000 faculty and 3,500 staff with an annual operating budget of more than $1.1 billion. UO has an endowment of just over $880 million and has more than 220,000 living alumni worldwide. The UO is a member of the distinguished Association of American Universities (AAU). As the State of Oregon’s flagship university and a Carnegie Tier 1 institution, the UO is committed to combining impactful research and scholarship with strong undergraduate and graduate teaching.
The new dean will be expected to develop and implement a unifying and shared vision for the College of Design, build an inclusive community, increase revenue through fundraising and other fiscal streams, advance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strengthen and grow the many forms of research and creative practice, including the development of faculty and staff. The new dean will be an established scholar and a strategic leader of people and programs with a track record of success within a highly complex environment. The new dean will demonstrate at least five years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience, typified by an open and accessible approach. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree within an applicable discipline and a record of teaching and research and/or creative practice commensurate with an appointment to the faculty at the rank of full professor. The search committee will consider candidates whose contributions as a practitioner and commitment to the study and teaching warrant special consideration.
As the chief public representative and leader of efforts to secure both philanthropic investments and strategic partnerships, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding presentation and relationship-building skills. The position requires key attributes of successful academic leaders, including a commitment to shared governance, a highly collaborative and transparent leadership style, a successful record of implementing innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, and core competencies: an unquestioned integrity, outstanding judgment, an entrepreneurial spirit, and strong diplomatic skills.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 15, 2020. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile, available at www.wittkieffer.com. These materials should be sent electronically via email to the University of Oregon’s consultants, Suzanne Teer, Robert Luke, and Jessica Herrington at UOregonDesignDean@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Oregon values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.