Simmons College — Various Inaugural Deans

Simmons College invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for three newly created leadership positions reporting to the Provost.

Simmons is in a transformative moment in its history which presents an ideal time for a cohort of leaders to join the college as inaugural deans. Having achieved stable finances, appropriate debt ratios, robust cash reserves, and expanded enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Simmons recently undertook a dramatic reimagining of its academic structure.

More than a year of work by the entire community resulted in the establishment of four new Colleges: Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities; College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences; College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; and College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences. The Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences was appointed as the new colleges were being launched.

Internally, Simmons has used the image of a cube to signify both the unity and the diversity of Simmons: the four sides represent the new Colleges—each equally important to the balance of the whole. Each side necessarily connects to the undergraduate curriculum at the base and to the graduate programs at the crown. The four inaugural Deans will be responsible for both the programs housed within their “side” of the cube and for working “around the corners” as they collaborate to support interdisciplinary and inter-professional opportunities and to discover new pathways from undergraduate to graduate education.

The Deans will lay a critical role in a new academic organization at Simmons, where four Deans of newly structured Colleges will work to shape undergraduate and graduate experiences housed in their Colleges and will collaborate with the Provost and her administrative team to achieve new interdisciplinary goals. Simmons offers an undergraduate education in the arts, sciences, and several professional fields to women; graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels are open to all. Given the richness and complexity of its offerings, Simmons is currently pursuing a new status as Simmons University.

For fullest consideration, candidates should have an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree if s/he comes from an academic background as well as an evident understanding of and appreciation for the disciplines inside the College.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates should provide a resume or CV, letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profiles available at www.wittkieffer.com, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via email to Simmons College’s consultants Ann Yates and Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D. at the following: Dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at SimmonsCMAH@wittkieffer.com; Dean of the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences at SimmonsCOCIS@wittkieffer.com; and Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice at SimmonsCSSPP@wittkieffer.com.

The Simmons College values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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