Dean of Letters and Science
University of Wisconsin Madison
United States

Dean of Letters and Science

Job no: 218228-LI

Work type: Faculty-Full Time

Location: Madison

Categories: Dean, Director, Executive


Position Summary:
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world's outstanding public research and teaching universities, invites applications and nominations for the position of dean of the College of Letters & Science (L&S). The college's educational and research programs span the entire spectrum of disciplines in the arts and humanities, biological, physical and mathematical sciences, and social sciences. L&S departments and programs, research labs and centers, generate both applied and theoretical knowledge that provides the foundations of a liberal arts education. L&S is the university's largest academic unit, serving 15,731 undergraduate and 4,135 graduate students in 37 academic departments and 5 professional schools who comprise approximately half of the university's enrollment. L&S has 816 faculty, 1105 professional staff, 291 university staff, and 979 full-time equivalent graduate assistants. L&S very recently created a new division that encompasses computer, data and information sciences, and is on the forefront of innovation in career services with SuccessWorks, which provides students with career and internship opportunities as well as support for students' personal and professional development. The college's faculty, staff and students also participate in more than 70 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes and programs. The dean, who reports to the provost, serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the college, with responsibility for its instructional, research and outreach environment including oversight of its $356 million budget, faculty recruitment and retention, advancement and external relations, student academic affairs, and climate in the college.

Position Duties:
List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:
* Earned doctorate in a discipline relevant to the position;

* A record of scholarly achievement and academic accomplishments appropriate to the individual's academic discipline, and capable of receiving tenure at UW-Madison.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:
* a record of successful, visionary leadership that shows understanding and appreciation of the dynamic, changing academic environment and the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university;
* successful leadership experience in managing a complex academic unit;
* communication and advancement experience;
* capacity to relate effectively to faculty, staff, students and external constituencies;
* demonstrated commitment to advance learning, research, public service, and to promote the diversity of students, faculty and staff, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and non-discriminatory practices, and to advance an inclusive climate;
* commitment to outreach and public engagement activities that extend and apply our research, education and practice-based knowledge to help solve problems and foster lifelong learning;
* demonstrated ability to work effectively in an environment of shared governance;
* collaborative leadership with a problem-solving approach that is responsive to the instructional and research needs of other schools/colleges;
* ability to represent the college and university effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni, and public forums;


Work Type:
Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:
Electronic applications and nominations must be submitted to Applications must be received by March 3, 2020 to ensure consideration. Later applications and nominations may also be considered.

The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include a current resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the duties of the position. Nominators should provide the name of, and contact information for, the nominee. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public. However, the university is required to release the names and titles of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor and the provost. Submit applications and nominations electronically to Leslie Smith, Chair of the L&S Dean and Screen Committee,

Leslie Smith

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Spring 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

Advertised: 20 Dec 2019 Central Standard Time

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