Job Information

University of Utah Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Dean

Department 00002 - SR VP Academic Affairs Oper

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin


The Position:

The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science. The Dean will be a tenured professor serving as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. Duties include oversight of academic programs, fundraising, recruiting/retention of outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students; collaborating with other Deans and leaders across colleges; and communicating within the University, and to the community-at-large, the goals and achievements of the College and the importance of social and behavioral science in a dynamic and changing society. The research and teaching of the College reflect this approach towards confronting society’s grand challenges, including embracing the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Dean will serve a five-year renewable term and will report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The University of Utah seeks a dynamic academic administrator with proven ability to lead academic departments who embodies a philosophy that embraces and supports students of all backgrounds in the rapidly changing world of higher education.


· Serve as chief academic officer of the College;

· Provide leadership for strategic planning, including developing and enhancing the College’s academic programs;

· Oversee College advancement, including development, marketing and communications, donor cultivation and fundraising, and alumni relations;

· Recruit outstanding, inquisitive, and diverse students to the CSBS , facilitating equitable and just access to degree programs for all students, continuing and expanding the growth in enrollments and interest in the College’s majors and programs;

· Oversee recruitment, supervision, professional development, and retention of strong and diverse faculty and staff;

· Promote an environment where equity, diversity, and justice are fostered accountably throughout the teaching, research, and service activities of the College;

· Ensure continued accreditation and state approvals;

· Support faculty research and the related development required to ensure continued, strong contributions in this area;

· Promote and facilitate interdisciplinary programming and collaboration between the disciplines of social and behavioral sciences within the College and between CSBS and the broader University;

· Manage College budget, course scheduling, and staff;

· Participate in University governance, including service on standing and ad hoc committees, and represent the College to external constituencies.


Candidates for consideration must possess:

· A PhD in a discipline related to one of the College of Social and Behavioral Science programs;

· Academic/scholarly experience that qualifies them for tenure in one of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences departments;

· A record of significant achievement in leadership, scholarly activities, and administration;

· A philosophy, vision, and record that reflect a commitment to innovative and effective education, equity, diversity, multicultural perspectives, and teaching/learning in multiple contexts;

· Excellent communication skills, as well as an ability to collaborate and communicate across campus, community, and government entities in ways that facilitate awareness and excitement about the College.

The successful candidate will provide an application package that also describes their successful record with/commitment to:

· Shared governance, transparency, and open communication;

· Valuing, promoting, and facilitating interdisciplinary programming and collaboration within a College that integrates a unique set of disciplines, requiring new ways of thinking and connecting;

· Overseeing growth and development in academic programming, including the promotion of innovative and best practice educational delivery models and processes;

· Managing diverse academic units, including identifying, recruiting, and retaining distinguished and diverse faculty;

· Developing and deploying strategic initiatives to advance high-quality research and research funding;

· Managing financial resources/budgets and developing forward-thinking strategies for identifying new sources of revenue and fundraising;

· Attracting significant philanthropic investments in the academic enterprise;

· Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.


The mission of the University of Utah is to create a learning environment that fosters discovery, refinement, and wide dissemination of knowledge. By integrating outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, creative scholarship, and community involvement, the University investigates significant issues affecting and advancing the human condition, while preparing its students for important roles within a diverse and ever-changing society.

The University of Utah is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment where student citizens are provided the opportunity to develop the vision, perspective, skills, and integrity to become influential leaders and professionals. The University aims to achieve a nationally renowned scholarly and collegial environment for the generation of ideas, interdisciplinary research, and creative works that will contribute to the betterment of Utah and the world.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

To Apply:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by December 1st will be given first consideration . Upon application, please submit 1) a PDF version of your CV/resume; 2) a cover letter that describes both your motivation for application and how your leadership experience aligns with the key qualifications of the role; 3) a diversity statement (maximum one page) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader in higher education aligns with the College’s mission statement and demonstrates your ability and willingness to embrace and advance this mission:

We in the College of Social and Behavioral Science recognize that diversity and inclusion are necessary for a wholistic educational experience.

Our aim is to create and sustain a climate where all individuals treat each other with respect and dignity. Only then can we all stretch our minds to places that may feel intellectually unfamiliar, but that excite the mind and lead to new discoveries that benefit societies here and around the globe.

We do not support acts of intolerance against another’s race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, ability, socioeconomic status, veteran status, size, national origin, language, religion or any other real or perceived differences based on an individual’s identity.

All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. To apply online, go to:

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:

Kristen Farha, MAHR

Senior Consultant

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Direct: 316-650-0069

Open Date 10/21/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Requisition Number PRN00772CF

Type Faculty