Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Department College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)
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Job Category Admin or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Working Title Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA526z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7227
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research institution, seeks an energetic and entrepreneurial academic leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the most innovative national universities, Mason is located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, with unsurpassed geographical access to the U.S. government, international organizations, and major corporations across a myriad of industries. With 1,800 faculty throughout 10 schools and colleges, the University enrolls 36,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries on three northern Virginia campuses. It also has an international campus, Mason Korea in Songdo, which attracts students from East Asia, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

Mason was established in 1957 as University College, the northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia. In the decades since, it has been on a steep and pronounced growth trajectory. It is now a major national university and a leader in teaching and learning, research, access, and diversity and inclusion: the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education includes George Mason University among institutions in the “Highest Research Activity” (R1) category, and Mason is the most diverse public university in Virginia. Consistently ranked among the top-300 universities in the world, Mason has been cited by U.S. News as one of the nation’s best schools for creating an environment in which all students can thrive.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the University’s largest unit, with almost 400 full-time faculty. In Fall 2017 it enrolled one-quarter of all of the University’s undergraduate students and 14 percent of all graduate students. It offers 27 majors, 56 minors, 14 master’s degrees (plus a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies and a master of fine arts in creative writing), 9 doctoral degrees, and a variety of graduate certificates. In addition, faculty and students are highly active in research, with external research funding to the college averaging $15-$20 million annually. Over the years, the College’s faculty has included two Nobel Laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, six Guggenheim recipients, and two MacArthur Fellows.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean will work collaboratively and collegially within the College and across the University, providing visionary and creative leadership, enabling innovation in learning, nurturing path-breaking scholarship, and furthering the reputation and reach of the College and University. The Dean will manage and increase resources, cultivate external partnerships, and attract attention and financial support for CHSS. The Dean is a member of the President’s Council and the Provost’s Academic Council. The successful candidate will possess credentials for appointment at the rank of full professor, including a terminal degree and an outstanding record of accomplishment in teaching and scholarship.

Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm, has been retained to support the search committee in this effort. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries to them at Candidates may access the full position description, including responsibilities and required qualifications, via this link.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Before submitting the information requested on this page, please submit your application electronically and in confidence to:

Anita Tien or Joanna Cook
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Candidates are encouraged to submit certain demographic information through this George Mason University Career Opportunities Portal by selecting the ‘Apply for this Job’ link above. Please be aware that submission of demographic information is voluntary, confidential, and will not affect the applicant’s candidacy for this position.

For Full Consideration, Apply by:
Posting Date 12/04/2017
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Open Until Filled? Yes
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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