GU-Q Dean Search

Position Description

The position description is intended to provide information about Georgetown University – Qatar and the position of Dean. It is designed to assist qualified individuals in assessing their interest in the opening.

The Opportunity

Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). This is an extraordinary position for a dean who will have the opportunity to shape an emerging institution within a major global research university.

The dean is responsible for all aspects of GU-Q including intellectual and academic and administrative leadership for Georgetown’s flagship program in Doha, the Bachelor of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S), and other programs. With the support of an experienced and professional staff, the dean oversees faculty and student affairs, finance, human resources, admissions, student health and wellness, safety and security, information technology, public affairs and facilities. The dean also oversees all research and outreach activities, including support programs for faculty research and the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS).

Externally, the dean of GU-Q is the chief representative of and spokesperson for GU-Q. The dean interacts on a regular basis with the Qatar Foundation, with other partner universities in Doha’s Education City, and with local government officials. The dean also represents Georgetown University throughout the region.

The ideal candidate will have substantial leadership experience as a faculty member with an outstanding record of research and teaching, and/or experience in international affairs, with stature and recognition as a leader in the global arena. The dean will also have the experience and skills to represent Georgetown University in Qatar and the Gulf region. Familiarity with the culture, opportunities and challenges both of the region and of Georgetown would be highly desirable.

The dean of GU-Q reports to the dean of SFS in Washington (Joel Hellman) with regard to SFS programs and to the provost (Robert Groves) with regard to non-SFS programs.

Nurturing the strong relationship between the Qatar Foundation and Georgetown is an important responsibility of the dean. QF takes an active and highly informed interest in the activities of each university within Education City. The financial support it has provided for Georgetown is substantial, with resources supporting both the Doha programs and the Washington campus. QF provides a range of shared services including a recreation center, immigration services, security and building maintenance, a health center, and intra-campus transportation within Education City.

The Role of the Dean of Georgetown University – Qatar:

The dean of GU-Q is an academic, intellectual and administrative leader in a dynamic region. The dean works with colleagues in Doha and in Washington to define and implement a vision for the Qatar program. The dean is responsible for all aspects of Georgetown University in Qatar, including academic and administrative functions and supporting the lives and well-being of faculty, staff and their families in the areas of housing, education, health and community affairs. The dean fosters and extends the intellectual community among GU-Q’s faculty, students and staff. The dean is responsible for the financial affairs of GU-Q and the implementation of this aspect of the relationship but works closely with an experienced and skilled team of managers. The process of drawing upon and managing resources can be complex, and a high level of accountability is expected.

Close collaboration and coordination with Georgetown’s Main Campus are essential. To support those goals, the provost coordinates a bi-weekly conference call that includes the dean of GU-Q and the Main Campus deans who are engaged in collaborative activities with the Qatar campus.

Leadership Opportunities and Challenges:

The dean is responsible for intellectual leadership and institution-building at GU-Q with the commitment to further establish Doha as a global center of education and research. Specific leadership opportunities and challenges include:

  • Maintaining an excellent undergraduate program
    GU-Q provides the very highly regarded B.S.F.S. program to some of the world’s top undergraduate students. The new dean must ensure that the program retains its strong reputation, overseeing its curriculum, admissions and faculty in coordination with the SFS and Georgetown leadership in Washington. New programs and relationships should enhance and build on this foundation.
  • Expanding Programs
    The Qatar Foundation has broadened the mandate to GU-Q to provide programs beyond the B.S.F.S. that serve the needs of a rapidly developing nation and region. The new dean will work in close partnership with the deans in Washington to identify programs best suited to offering in Qatar, and to explore the creation of new programs addressing national needs. The dean will stay in close contact with colleagues on the Washington campus as these programs are explored and established.
  • Building strong cooperative relationships with HBKU
    HBKU represents a critical context for Education City. GU-Q has a responsibility to support its development and to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Although the collaboration with HBKU will be further developed by the time the new dean begins his or her term, there will likely be more to be done to refine and regularize that relationship.
  • Developing cooperative relationships with other Education City campuses
    Much has already been done to build partnerships with the other branch campuses. Cross registration policies are established, and there is a long history of cooperation with the Academic Bridge Program (ABP) to facilitate the enrollment of those students in GU-Q. There is a joint program in Media and Politics with Northwestern, the first joint program to be established in Education City. Recently, a new joint minor in Africana studies was also established in partnership with Northwestern University.

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.

Nominations and Inquiries

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Georgetown University will be assisted by Maliha Jilani, Jackie Zavitz, Kaley Palanjian and Bilal El Hanouni of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Nominations and applications should be directed to (new window)

Search Committee Members

Thomas F. Banchoff, Ph.D.
Vice President for Global Engagement
Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Rogaia Abusharaf, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Georgetown University – Qatar

Alexis Antoniades, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Chair of International Economics,
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Qatar

Carol Benedict, Ph.D.
Sun Yat-Sen Professor
Faculty Chair
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Jishnu Das, Ph.D.
McCourt School of Public Policy and
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Mark Giordano, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Victoria Googasian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Qatar

James Habyarimana, Ph.D.
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy

Joseph Hernandez
Director of Admissions
Georgetown University – Qatar

Brendan Hill, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Students
Georgetown University – Qatar

Maryam Al-Khater
Student Representative
Georgetown University – Qatar

Edward Kolla, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Qatar

Patrick D. Laude, Ph.D.
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Qatar

Irfan Nooruddin, Ph.D.
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Kelly Otter, Ph.D.
School of Continuing Studies

Shaida Sonde
Chief Operating Officer
Georgetown University – Qatar

Mohamed Zayani, Ph.D.
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service – Qatar

Search Support

Lisa Krim, J.D.
Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations

Marie Mattson
Secretary of the University