Dean of Georgetown College Search
This Leadership Profile is intended to provide information about Georgetown University and the position of dean of Georgetown College. It is designed to assist qualified individuals in assessing their interest in the opening.
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Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of Georgetown College. Georgetown College, as Georgetown’s school of arts and sciences, is critical to Georgetown’s identity as a student-centered research university. The College and the university have a powerful sense of community, and the College is thriving within a university that continues to grow in scope, stature, and recognition.
The dean is the academic leader of Georgetown College, the oldest and largest school within the university, home to 26 academic departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs across the arts and sciences. The dean is responsible for supporting, strengthening, and diversifying a strong faculty, staff, and student body of both undergraduate and graduate students while enhancing the environment for teaching and research.
The dean will enhance and promote programs within and across disciplines – both within the College and in partnership with the other university deans. The dean is responsible for maintaining and promoting the College’s commitment to an exceptional education, achieved through substantive student-faculty interaction in and beyond the classroom; fostering a strong, diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community in which all can flourish; pedagogical innovation; active, reflective, and experiential learning; application of theory to practice; artistic production; thriving faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research; and the development of the critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills that are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education.
The new dean will contribute to several crucial efforts currently underway:
- Strengthening the research-oriented environment among faculty and students in concert with support for high-impact and innovative teaching;
- Providing key leadership in supporting, implementing, and extending the university’s existing racial justice initiatives and priorities;
- Guiding the recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body;
- Ensuring that the College will craft policies and create programs that promote gender equity;
- Nurturing the growth of graduate education and support for graduate students;
- Leading the development of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative;
- Collaborating on cross-campus initiatives, such as the Emergent Ethics Initiative, the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Racial Justice Institute, and The Georgetown Initiative on Tech & Society; and
- Playing a key role in the return to campus life, following COVID, including continuing to strengthen the environment to assist faculty to fulfill their scholarly and teaching ambitions.
The dean of Georgetown College is appointed by the president (John J. DeGioia) and reports to the provost (Robert Groves). The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar, committed teacher, talented administrator, and strategic thinker with the intellectual and personal qualities essential to growing and fostering a diverse community and guiding the College through a challenging and changing landscape in higher education. The dean plays a leading role in supporting and sustaining Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international, student-centered research university of 17,000 students, embodying its founding principles in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff; a commitment to justice and the common good including and especially the social justice and public health events impacting its community and the world; intellectual openness; and an international character. As the largest and most academically diverse school in the university, the College enrolls approximately 3,446 undergraduates and employs a full-time faculty of nearly 500, including both tenure-line and non-tenure-line members. The College faculty also participates in 19 Ph.D. programs and more than 50 master’s programs (home to roughly 400 master’s students and nearly 600 doctoral students).
Nominations and Inquiries
Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.
Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by no later than April 15, 2021. Application materials should be submitted via the WittKieffer website. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to GeorgetownCollegeDean@wittkieffer.com.
College Dean Search Committee Members
Francis Vella, Ph.D. (Chair)
Professor and Edmond V. Villani Chair
Department of Economics
Sean Aas, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy
Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission & Ministry
Daniel L. Byman, Ph.D.
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Maria Cancian, Ph.D.
McCourt School of Public Policy
Matthew Carnes, S.J., Ph.D.
Department of Government
Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D.
Department of History
Corey Fields, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Idol Family Term Chair
Department of Sociology
Nathan Hensley, Ph.D.
Department of English
LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of African American Studies
Liddy Kasraian (C’21)
President of College Academic Council
Arik Levinson, Ph.D.
Department of Economics
Sue Lorenson, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education
Janet Mann, Ph.D.
Departments of Biology and Psychology
Chandra Manning, Ph.D.
Department of History
Peter D. Olmsted, Ph.D.
Professor and Joseph Semmes Ives Chair in Physics
Director, Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology
Department of Physics
Nicoletta Pireddu, Ph.D.
Department of Italian
Inaugural Director, Georgetown Humanities Initiative
G. William Rebeck, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D.
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Elena Silva, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Vice Dean of Faculty and Diversity and Inclusion
Lisa Singh, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
Sarah Stoll, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Henry G. Watson
Astrid M. Weigert, Ph.D.
Department of German
Jean A. Dowdall, Ph.D.
Secretary of the University
Lisa Krim, J.D.
Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations