Suffolk University — Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Suffolk University, one of the nation’s most vibrant urban institutions of higher education, invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for its next Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). Suffolk seeks an experienced and innovative academic leader who will collaboratively advance the goals of the college in concert with the university’s strategic plan and long-term aims. 

Suffolk is a thriving private university of 6,830 undergraduate and graduate students who are taught and mentored by more than 600 dedicated and gifted faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and law degree programs with real-world experience at their cores. Since its founding in 1906, Suffolk has been woven into Boston’s thriving metropolitan landscape, offering an immersive environment in which to live, learn, and explore. It is the ideal location to provide students with the keys to successful lives and careers: access, opportunity, and experience. 

The CAS offers courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences, establishing broad-based learning as the foundation of a Suffolk education. CAS has as its credo that liberal learning prepares students of all ages and backgrounds to live more fulfilling lives, to appreciate and contribute to the communities of which they are members, and to reach their ethical, personal, intellectual and financial goals. To help its students optimize their potential, the college emphasizes critical and analytical thinking through a rigorous “success skills” undergraduate core program in written and oral communication, computing, analysis and integration. Faculty scholarship supports diversified liberal arts concentrations available in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences, along with graduate programs in several fields, most offering career-related professional program tracks and practical experience on or off campus. 

The Dean of CAS serves as the senior academic administrator of the college and reports to Provost Julie H. Sandell. The Dean is responsible for the effective leadership, administrative oversight, resource allocation and management related to the delivery of programs and the oversight of scholarly activities and service. The Dean works closely with the faculty and staff to deliver and support a student-centered experience that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, creative thinking, and community collaboration across the various departments at the college, as well with the Sawyer Business School and the Suffolk University Law School. The Dean will maintain a keen eye on college enrollment and will facilitate program growth and design, as well as ensure the current offerings remain strong and competitive. The Dean will be deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and access and will approach matters through this lens. The Dean will work closely with the university advancement team to build resources for CAS, both through philanthropy as well as grantsmanship. 

Suffolk seeks an accomplished academic leader who will inspire CAS’s faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners. The next Dean will possess a distinguished academic record that commands the respect of the scholarly community and merits appointment as a tenured full professor. The Dean will bring a highly relational approach, outstanding communication skills, authenticity, self-confidence balanced with humility, integrity of the highest order, a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a clear understanding of the modern university to the work. 

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates in Fall 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To obtain a more detailed profile of the position please see To be considered for this role, a CV and detailed letter of interest are requested. Please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Julie Williams-Krishnan, Senior Associate

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.