Chatham University — Eden Hall Campus Dean, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability and health, the arts and sciences and business and communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, andas the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of ’29)—is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review. 

Chatham’s mission is: “to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling work…by preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.” Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. 

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA—one of the country’s most livable cities and great college towns—Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world’s most sustainable campuses. 

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Position Summary:
Chatham University has leveraged a set of unique assets – the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus built from the ground-up as a living-learning lab for sustainability, the Falk School for Sustainability and Environment, and the legacy of its most famous alum, Rachel Carson – to become a leader in sustainability and local food system education and applied research.

The University is seeking an entrepreneurial, academic leader in the broad field of Sustainability to work with the faculty, students, University leadership, and the wider Chatham and external community to inform and implement the vision and strategy to drive the next stage of growth for the Falk School and Eden Hall Campus.

The Dean is responsible for the overall academic, operational, and financial performance of the Falk School and educational-related activities of the Eden Hall Campus. The Dean will work with the President, the VP for Academic Affairs, and University leadership on evaluating exciting growth opportunities for the campus. They will also identify key growth opportunities for the School, propose the best use of the annual spending from the School endowment, and help to secure other external resources and partners to support this growth.

The Dean will work in partnership with the faculty and staff to build a strong and cohesive culture on campus. They will incorporate all aspects of Eden Hall (the farm, aquaculture lab, forest, green buildings, and infrastructure) into the academic offerings. This position reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and leads the campus efforts at academic planning, human resource development, budget-setting and administration, alliance-building, accreditation and compliance, institutional capacity building, and productivity measurement and improvement.

The Dean is expected to be a strong communicator and leader on campus, within the Falk School, and in the external community. The Dean will perform a wide variety of tasks to ensure effective and efficient academic programming and growth, and campus operations. Additionally, they will support leadership in development and integration of academic programs, monitoring and directing the flow of services to all students, faculty, and staff to ensure operational procedures are being followed, and seek continuous improvement regarding those procedures throughout the campus operation. The position may serve as an evening and weekend resource to external and internal constituent groups as required.


  • Senior-level leadership experience in the field of sustainability and/or food studies with a proven record of academic innovation
  • Deep understanding of and commitment to sustainability principles and practice, particularly interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration
  • Experience working with a diverse student population
  • Higher education experience and understanding of academic culture
  • Proven ability to develop and execute new initiatives
  • Very strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills
  • Evidence of successful decision-making in a collaborative environment
  • Experience with new technology and online learning desirable
  • A commitment to assessment, metrics, and continuous improvement
  • A commitment to furthering the mission and values of Chatham University through growth with quality
  • Strong managerial skills and experience with budget management

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Take the lead in setting and implementing strategic goals for the School and Campus.
  • Provide support and advocacy for Falk School faculty.
  • In collaboration with Falk School faculty, ensure quality in all aspects of teaching, learning, and applied research (curriculum, delivery models, student learning outcomes, living-learning engagement).
  • Continue to grow student enrollment.
  • Oversee and deliver desired financial results, ensuring the campus grows revenues and covers costs according to approved budgets and long-range plans.
  • Assess needs and allocate resources effectively to meet academic and financial goals in accordance with the Campus’s guiding principles for Sustainable development.
  • Support the overall strategic operational processes for the campus by working with vice presidents, chairs, faculty, and major committees to assure the delivery of high-quality academic services at the campus level.
  • Build and maintain a climate of operational excellence, continuous improvement, professional integrity, and, in doing so, support a climate of academic excellence.
  • Encourage and reward the development of innovative new programs, initiatives and policies.
  • Provide leadership to fulfill campus and institutional advancement and sponsored program goals.
  • Provide leadership and support for the recruitment and retention of diverse employees and students.
  • Maintain and build connectivity with employers, non-profits, professional organizations, and other colleges and universities regionally, nationally, and internationally that share our commitment to sustainability to further the goals of the School and Campus and provide good internship and employment opportunities for all Falk graduates.

Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position, curriculum vitae, a teaching and research statement, and contact information for three professional references.

Chatham University offers competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Actively Seeks Diverse Candidates