University of Maryland, College Park — Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The University of Maryland seeks a collaborative leader, accomplished scholar and persuasive advocate for the behavioral and social sciences to serve as the next Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). 

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. The 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders; federal departments and agencies; and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for faculty and students are ubiquitous in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. It is also close to Baltimore, a major center for commerce and higher education in Maryland. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance its stature of preeminence in its three missions of teaching, scholarship and full engagement in the community, the state of Maryland and in the world.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is a premier institution of academics, instruction, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Leveraging the diversity of their backgrounds, ideas and disciplines, BSOS faculty, staff, students and alumni work to be the solution to the world’s great challenges. BSOS encompasses 10 diverse, interdisciplinary departments and programs, all committed to investigating and improving the human condition including African American Studies; Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice; Economics; Geographical Sciences; Government & Politics; Hearing & Speech Sciences; Joint Program in Survey Methodology; Psychology; and Sociology. Additionally, BSOS hosts over 30 research centers and the university was recently ranked #3 in the nation in its federal social and behavioral research and development funding. Several of the College’s programs are ranked among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Grad Schools listing with Criminology & Criminal Justice, the Counseling program (PSYC & EDUC) and Speech-Language Pathology all ranked #1. BSOS is currently home to approximately 5,000 undergraduate majors and more than 900 master’s and doctoral students; 192 tenure-track faculty, 355 professional-track faculty and 139 staff; and operates via a $105 million budget.  

From African American Studies to Hearing and Speech Sciences to Sociology, BSOS has a diverse and far-reaching portfolio, which reflects the needs of and challenges facing our local, national and global societies. With students and faculty focusing on so many areas of study, what unites the College? The answer is that each individual in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences makes a commitment to Be the Solution to some of the world’s greatest challenges. BSOS does so by training students to understand the methodology and the fundamental knowledge that underlies their field of study. This knowledge base can then be employed to investigate the social and behavioral angles of major societal problems will then encourage the development of practical applications and policies to bring about lasting change.

Reporting directly to Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice, Maryland’s next dean of BSOS will be committed to strong and visionary leadership for the College, eager to support its array of exceptional departments, research centers, disciplines and academic cultures. The dean will work with faculty, staff and students to articulate a vision for the contributions BSOS will make to the fulfillment of Maryland’s mission and new strategic plan. The dean will be committed to building a community whose members advance diversity and inclusive excellence in teaching and learning. Further, they will promote a culture of impactful research and scholarship, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships, and advocate persuasively for BSOS’s programs both within and beyond the campus community. The dean will manage resources thoughtfully and will work with campus partners, the BSOS Board of Visitors, alumni, donors and foundations to increase philanthropic support for the College’s faculty, programs and students. As the leader of the College, the dean will serve on the University’s academic leadership team, collaborate on University-wide initiatives and engage with diverse stakeholder groups to build support for the behavioral and social sciences.

Candidates must have an appropriate earned degree for their field by the time of application in a discipline within the behavioral and social sciences accompanied by a record of scholarship that merits a tenured appointment at Maryland with the rank of professor. The dean will have experience as an academic leader (for example, as a department chair, institute director or academic administrator) and will have participated in the processes of faculty appointment and promotion. They will also have a record of advancing institutional equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice and a record of promoting student welfare by listening to and addressing their needs and concerns. The successful candidate will have experience with alumni and donor relations or have clear potential for strength in those areas along with an understanding of the distinctive character and mission of a public university. Finally, the dean will have a record of fruitful, collaborative, creative efforts to build consensus.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Maryland in this search. Applications will be accepted through April 4, 2022 or until the position is filled.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time. 

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., Alejandra Gillette-Teran and Randi Miller at 

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.