University of Delaware — Dean, Joseph R. Biden School of Public Policy and Administration

The University of Delaware invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean at the highly regarded Joseph R. Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. UD seeks a dynamic, highly accomplished and visionary leader to advance excellence in teaching, research and service initiatives across the School.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, and as such, is instrumental in guiding its future. UD welcomes applicants with an outstanding record of scholarship and university administrative experience, and/or applicants with strong public policy experience and community engagement. UD seeks a bold and visionary individual who will position the School and its faculty and students as leaders driving global, federal, state and local policy in its many areas of excellence. The School is also seeking a Dean who can provide the vision necessary to develop new potential areas of excellence, through the hiring of new faculty, leveraging connections across the University, deepening the School’s research mission and engaging with policymakers across the state. Named in 2018 for UD’s most distinguished alumnus, the 46th President of the United States, the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in research and public service activities to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. The Biden School’s faculty, staff, students and alumni create and use interdisciplinary, nonpartisan research and empirically based analysis to inform effective decision-making and policy and to improve leadership and administration. The Biden School partners with organizations from all sectors to discover innovative and equitable solutions to the critical challenges of our time. 

With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, the Biden School houses three undergraduate programs, six master’s degree programs, four graduate certificates, and five doctoral programs focusing on energy and environment, social determinants of health, disasters and recovery, education and social policy, and nonprofit and multi-sectoral public management and leadership. The world-renowned faculty conduct research in these areas and help to find solutions to society’s most critical issues. 

The Biden School features seven research and public service centers – from the Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research, where data science and digital technology join to serve the public interest, to the Biden Institute, a domestic policy center dedicated to the advancement of social justice, economic opportunity and civic engagement. With nearly 3,400 graduates, nearly 800 current students, 25 full-time faculty and a legacy of meaningful community impact and engagement, the Biden School is a unit with international stature and unlimited growth and promise.

The Biden School now finds itself in a defining moment, with the opportunity to elevate its impact in the state, throughout the region and across the nation. Despite significant progress, the issues of poverty, racism and systemic inequality remain challenges in communities across America. Political polarization and division have led to the dissolution of civil discourse. The need for strategic, increased youth civic engagement—to ensure a prosperous future—is greater than ever. These and many other challenges position the Biden School on the cusp of effecting transformative change through its educational programs, scholarship and service.

The Biden School at UD is located in Newark, Delaware, a suburban campus at the center of the Northeast corridor, within driving distance to Washington, D.C.; New York City; Philadelphia; and Baltimore. Surrounded by a diverse community whose demographics reflect the nation, and with a documented record of applying knowledge to address critical policy problems, the Biden School is uniquely positioned to apply scholarship and field-based research to real issues affecting today’s world.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately, and will continue until an appointment is made. The University invites inquiries, nominations and applications. To be ensured of full consideration, interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae along with a bullet point summary of key accomplishments in each leadership role held. A cover letter is welcome, but optional. UD has retained Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman, and Charles E. Kaler of Education Executives, LLC to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent via email to:

Ilene H. Nagel, Steven R. Lerman & Charles E. Kaler
Education Executives, LLC

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