University of Washington Tacoma — Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS). 

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
As the largest academic program at UW Tacoma, SIAS prepares a diverse student body to contribute to a complex multicultural society and encourages engaged citizenship at the local, national, and global levels. Using an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, inquiry, and problem-solving, students learn to create, analyze, and express themselves in ways that enhance their own development, their sense of community within human and natural environments, their ability to deal with problems of injustice and inequality, and their dedication to positive change. The School prepares students to be adaptable outstanding leaders, professionals, and citizens. SIAS brings innovative approaches to build a dynamic learning community as it responds to student needs and serves as the liberal arts and sciences cornerstone of UW Tacoma. The School promotes academic excellence by encouraging students to understand the interconnectedness of world problems and solutions and to become responsible citizens. Faculty engage in inquiry and research that is both socially and culturally relevant and promote a holistic understanding of the natural world and environmental issues.

Currently, the School has 15 full professors, 41 associate professors, 20 assistant professors, 2 teaching professors, 25 associate teaching professors, 20 assistant teaching professors, 6 full-time lecturers, over 30 part-time lecturers, 26 affiliate faculty, and 21 staff who serve approximately 1,200 majors and 1,500 pre-major students with an annual budget of approximately $13.4 million. There are five divisions offering 18 undergraduate majors, and 24 minors or certificates. These degrees are offered through the following academic divisions in SIAS:

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University of Washington Tacoma
The University of Washington Tacoma is one of three campuses of the University of Washington. The University first opened its doors in 1990 as an upper division and master’s level institution and later welcomed lower division students in 2006 and Educational Leadership doctoral students in 2013. Today, UW Tacoma offers 40 undergraduate degrees, 18 graduate degrees, and a PhD in Computer Science and Systems through its seven academic units and serves 5,040 students, 83% of whom attend full-time. Approximately 86% of students are undergraduates and 14% are graduate students. UW Tacoma has been designated as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving (AANAPISI) institution, a Veteran Supportive Campus by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, recognized nationally as a Military Friendly Campus; just over 20% of students receive VA benefits. 59% identify as students of color and 4.2% are international students. The average age of students is approximately 21-34 years. 54% of our students are first generation students – either first to college or first to degree in their families.

UW Tacoma’s distinctiveness and identity are defined by its urban-serving mission of access, economic development, use-inspired research and community partnerships. Since its founding, the UW Tacoma has been first and foremost a change agent for the region, providing access to students in a way that transforms families and communities. As an urban-serving university, UW Tacoma impacts and informs economic development through community-engaged students and faculty who seek to be connected and relevant to community ambitions and needs, and through the revitalization of downtown Tacoma as a retail shopping and dining destination as well as a unique place for learning and discovery. 

Position Summary
The Dean will serve as the chief academic officer for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with responsibility for developing a comprehensive, ambitious, and dynamic vision for its future. UW Tacoma is on an upward trajectory in pursuit of academic excellence, student success, creativity and community service and the Dean must serve as a passionate advocate for these ideals—working in collaboration with faculty and staff from all SIAS’ academic disciplines and other stakeholders to create a unified vision for the School’s future. In so doing, the Dean will have the unique opportunity to showcase the School and UW Tacoma as a contributor to the development of the local community in alignment with the University’s community outreach mission. 

The Dean of SIAS will provide transformative leadership for the School. The successful candidate will work closely with Associate Deans, Division Chairs, elected SIAS Faculty Council, staff, and others in the University as they collectively seek research and teaching excellence, as well as national and international prominence through the pursuit of scholarly and creative work. The Dean will report to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and serve as a member of the University’s leadership team.

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Application / Nomination Process
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Complete applications must include a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Nomination letters should include the contact information of the nominee. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Robin Reyes, Senior Associate
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “UWTacoma-SIAS” in subject line

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.