University of Cincinnati — Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is seeking a highly innovative person to serve as the Dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). A public research university with an enrollment of more than 44,000 students, UC is “among the top tier of the Best National Universities” according to U.S. News & World Report. Located in the uptown area of Cincinnati, UC has been named one of the top 4 most beautiful campuses in the world by Forbes magazine. The College of Arts and Sciences is the university’s largest college, consisting of 21 departments and offering 43 undergraduate majors and 22 graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked. A diverse community of scholars, researchers, writers, teachers, and students working in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment, the college has 450 faculty and over 8,400 undergraduate and graduate students. We are preparing the next generation of explorers, visionaries, critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers. We seek an innovative and inspiring leader who can embrace, accelerate, and expand the exciting things happening in the college and the university.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college with responsibility for leading the faculty and staff; ensuring the integrity, accountability, and continuous improvement of academic programs and services; building and maintaining relationships with the community; promoting student success and satisfaction; fundraising; increasing enrollment; managing resources; enhancing the scholarly and research missions of the college, and maintaining effective relations with other UC units. The ideal candidate will be a fiscally innovative and visionary leader, with demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, who will work collaboratively with faculty, students, UC’s president, provost, and other deans to develop, refine, and enhance the college’s role within the university and connection to the community at large. In particular, the Dean will ensure that A&S is integral to the University of Cincinnati’s strategic direction as a premier urban university guided by the institution’s Next Lives Here vision.

Reporting to the university’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Dean is a member of the Council of Deans, and participates in the governance of the university.

A candidate must have earned a terminal degree in his or her discipline, and may have credentials that are commensurate with a tenured full professor at UC. Candidates must also demonstrate successful experience in each of the following areas:

  • Higher education administration, as department head of a large department or above
  • Budget planning, management, and fiscal responsibility
  • Recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Effective communication skills
  • Academic planning and leadership
  • Supporting and championing path-breaking research, disciplinary innovation, and interdisciplinary discovery
  • Promoting the importance of A&S on and off campus
  • Linking A&S to university priorities
  • Fund-raising
  • Supporting entrepreneurial innovations to generate revenue
  • Understanding national trends affecting A&S colleges
  • Reappointment, promotion, and tenure processes
  • Being student centered in academic and administrative decision-making

Additionally, candidates must have a commitment to:

  • Continuous improvement and quality of research, scholarship, teaching and service in the college
  • Shared governance and transparency in decision making
  • Empowering faculty and staff and encouraging innovations and interdisciplinary efforts
  • Fiscal innovation in revenue generation
  • Being student centered
  • Partnering with the Provost and other university administrators to address challenges and opportunities
  • Enabling a diverse and inclusive community
  • Supporting leading edge research
  • Articulating and advocating persuasively for the college
  • Preparing the college to succeed in the changing landscape of higher education
  • Positioning A&S as a critical player in the Next Lives Here initiative
  • Building interdisciplinary partnerships with other colleges at the university
  • Partnering with the community to fulfill our vision as a premier urban university to address challenges and opportunities


  • The ability to exert visionary leadership within a context of shared governance
  • Participation in the assessment of student learning
  • A strong record of research, creative activity, and/or scholarship
  • Experience at an urban university, and/or at a R1 university
  • Involvement in obtaining external funds to support research
  • Demonstrable history of programmatic growth through innovative selection, scheduling, and distribution of courses
  • A foundation in traditional educational values, but with an openness to new teaching and learning technologies

Celebrating our 200th anniversary, the University of Cincinnati is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities in a city with nine Fortune 500 companies. UC jumped 17 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in the past two years alone. In addition to being named a “green university” by Princeton Review, UC has been named one of the world’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes and Delta Sky magazines. Learn more at

The City of Cincinnati was rated a Best Place to live by US News & World Report and provides both urban and suburban life as well as river views and rolling hills. Our city offers a wealth of amenities that include professional sports, world-class entertainment, a vibrant arts scene, gorgeous parks and nature trails, acclaimed museums, a celebrated zoo, a variety of restaurants and a flourishing riverfront scene. We actually offer the features of two cities when you include the thriving area of northern Kentucky just across the river. Affordable and family-friendly with excellent public and private schools it is no wonder multiple Fortune 500 companies call Cincinnati home. Visit to learn more.

Applicant review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are requested to apply online and should include a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae. The letter of interest should address your qualifications, past experiences, and administrative successes that will make you uniquely qualified to be successful at the University of Cincinnati. Current UC employees must apply internally at Nominations are invited. Self-nominations must apply online. Other nominations are invited to be sent to

Interested candidates should apply at

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.