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The University of Utah seeks a
Dean of the College of Humanities

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The Position

The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities. The Dean will be a tenured professor serving as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. Duties include oversight of academic programs, fundraising, recruiting/retention of outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students; and communicating within the University, and to the community-at-large, the goals and achievements of the College and the importance of the humanities in a dynamic and changing society.

The Dean will serve a five-year renewable term and will report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.


  • Serve as chief academic officer of the College of Humanities.
  • Provide leadership for strategic planning, including developing and enhancing the College’s academic programs.
  • Oversee College advancement, including development, marketing and communications, donor cultivation and fundraising, and alumni relations.
  • Promote and facilitate interdisciplinary programming and collaboration in the College and across the University.
  • Foster an environment that strives for inclusivity and excellence in communication.
  • Ensure continued accreditation and state approvals.
  • Oversee recruitment, supervision, professional development, and retention of strong and diverse faculty and staff.
  • Support faculty research and the related development required to ensure continued, strong contributions in this area.
  • Manage College budget, course scheduling, and staff.
  • Participate in University governance, including service on standing and ad hoc committees, and represent the College to external constituencies.


The successful candidate must have demonstrated, significant achievement in leadership, scholarly activities, and administration. The Dean should be committed to shared governance and open communication and, specifically, the candidates must demonstrate evidence of the following qualifications:

  • PhD in humanities or a related discipline.
  • Qualification for tenure in a College of Humanities department or related discipline/department. 
  • A track record of success in developing and deploying strategic initiatives to advance high-quality research and research funding.
  • A record of vision-building that demonstrates ability to oversee growth and development of the College of Humanities, including vision and strategy related to educational delivery models and processes.
  • Demonstrated, successful experience managing diverse academic units, as well as identifying, recruiting, and retaining distinguished faculty for the College.
  • A philosophy, vision, and record that reflect commitment to innovative and effective education, equity, diversity, multicultural perspectives, and teaching/learning in multiple contexts.
  • Experience in developing forward-thinking strategies for new sources of revenue and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated capacity to attract significant philanthropic investments in the academic enterprise.
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as an ability to collaborate and communicate across campus, community, and government entities in ways that facilitate awareness and excitement about the College.


The mission of the University of Utah is to create a learning environment that fosters discovery, refinement, and wide dissemination of knowledge. By integrating outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, creative scholarship, and community involvement, the University investigates significant issues affecting and advancing the human condition, while preparing its students for important roles within a diverse and ever-changing society.

The University of Utah is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment where student citizens are provided the opportunity to develop the vision, perspective, skills, and integrity to become influential leaders and professionals. The University aims to achieve a nationally renowned scholarly and collegial environment for the generation of ideas, interdisciplinary research, and creative works that will contribute to the betterment of Utah and the world.

To Apply

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by September 28, 2021 will be given first consideration. Upon application, please submit a PDF version of your CV/resume, a letter of interest, and a diversity statement (maximum one page). That statement should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in your work. Please highlight any specific EDI goals, issues, or initiatives that you have led which have transformed your department or unit.

All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

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Search Committee

Jennifer Andrus

Associate Professor

Hugh Cagle

Associate Professor

Daniel Chavez-Yenter

Graduate Student Rep

Jana Cunningham

Communications Director

Disa Gambera

Associate Professor

Erika George

Professor/Director, Tanner Humanities Center

Sarah George

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Katharina Gerstenberger


Jody Gonzales

Admin Support

Rachel Hayes-Harb

Linguistics and Assoc. Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Chris Ingraham

Assistant Professor

Jakob Jensen


Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Dean, College of Law

Jennifer Mayer-Glenn

Director, University Neighborhood Partners

Natalie Montoya

Administrative Manager

Audrey Pozernick

Undergraduate Student Rep

Crystal Rudds

Assistant Professor

Catherine Scott

Associate Director, Administration

Natalie Stillman-Webb


James Tabery


Sylvia Torti

Dean, Honors College