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Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington

Date Posted Oct. 30, 2018
Title Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
University Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN, United States
Department College of Arts and Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
    Senior Executive Officer
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - General
    Senior Administration
    University Administration

Indiana University Bloomington
Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington), the flagship campus of Indiana University, seeks an Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences ("the College") who is a visionary, collegial, and strategic intellectual leader and who will engage and inspire the faculty, staff, and students of the College. The College is the largest academic unit at IU Bloomington, an AAU research-intensive institution with over 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 550 degree-granting academic programs. The College is the most substantial contributor to externally funded research at the University, and the center of liberal arts education. With an annual operating budget of $310 million, the College is home to three schools and more than 120 departments, programs, centers, and institutes that explore a vast range of disciplines. Its storied history includes several of the oldest and most distinguished programs in the country in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, including psychology and folklore. Its faculty has included the first female Nobel Laureate in economics, over 50 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pulitzer Prize recipients, National Book Award finalists, and members of many foreign and domestic academies. Its lasting impact in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities is well known and highly regarded, alongside its powerful contributions to media studies, design, and international affairs. The College seeks an Executive Dean to champion these contributions; steward its substantial resources; and build a shared vision for continued success in its core mission of teaching, research and creative activity, and service.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Executive Dean will provide leadership for the academic and administrative activities of the College, champion its legacy of contributions and its ongoing impact, and develop new streams of support for the College’s diversity of scholarship and depth of student excellence. The ideal candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of the scholarly enterprise, demonstrate a record of collaborative leadership, bring high energy and passion for the College’s educational and research mission, and have significant depth of managerial and fundraising experience.

A terminal degree in a field represented at the College and academic qualification for a tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor in an Arts or Sciences or equivalent department, or other accomplishments that demonstrate intellectual or scholarly distinction suitable for tenure at the rank of Full Professor in a College department is required.

Applications will be reviewed in the next months, with priority consideration given to those received by January 2019.

In this effort, Indiana University Bloomington has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist a university search committee. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed in confidence online via

Gale Merseth, Partner
Vijay Saraswat, Managing Associate
Micah Pierce, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller

  • Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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