University of Michigan-Dearborn — Dean, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters


The University of Michigan-Dearborn (“the University” or “UM-Dearborn”) seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (“the College” or “CASL”) who can leverage its unique advantages to advance the College’s academic scope, regional economic development, and educational impact. The next dean will join a strong senior leadership team in supporting this student-focused institution that is deeply committed to preparing students to have productive professional and personal lives, to be engaged and informed citizens, and to be contributors to the intellectual and civic rejuvenation of an important U.S. metropolitan region. This is an exciting moment as the next dean will have an opportunity to build on a solid foundation, advocate for the liberal arts and sciences, and lead a deeply committed faculty, a highly diverse and engaged student body, and an excellent staff to write the College’s next chapter.

One of the three campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn is a top ranked metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan committed to excellence and rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming, and civic engagement. With approximately 8,300 students, an outstanding faculty, and a beautiful 200+ acre campus near Detroit and Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn provides a transformative education for the highly diverse populations in the region.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters is a transformative and student-centered exploratory learning environment, regionally and globally focused, deeply grounded in the value of inclusiveness, and engaged with leading-edge research. It develops and empowers students to become future leaders who will guide the resurgence and renewal of southeastern Michigan and the world beyond. CASL offers three dozen undergraduate majors and select graduate programs that are housed in five interdisciplinary departments in addition to several college-wide units. 

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the provost. The dean oversees all academic programs and services within CASL and provides intellectual and academic leadership to the faculty in matters related to curriculum, research, student excellence, DEI, and faculty and staff development. The University has ambitious plans to increase research productivity and external funding while maintaining the highest levels of educational quality for students, and CASL has an important role in that effort. The dean will also be a visible face and force beyond the boundaries of the College, working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, other colleges on campus, and the community to enhance and build external relations and to raise funds.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has retained the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be sent in confidence to: 

Jeff Kessner, Partner
Debbie Scheibler, Senior Associate
Lauren Wilkes, Senior Associate

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer, is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.