Dean, Falk School of Sustainability

Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University seeks a visionary leader and entrepreneur who is passionate about sustainability to serve as its next Dean of the Falk School of Sustainability. Chatham University is a private, nonsectarian, selective, comprehensive Masters L university that offers undergraduate, master's level, and doctoral programs to more than 2,200 students. Chatham's mission expresses a strong commitment to women's education and leadership, global and intercultural education, and sustainability and the environment. It is home to the Rachel Carson Institute, named for one of its most famous alumnae, Rachel Carson '29, author and icon in the environmental movement. In the last decade, programmatic innovation has spurred tremendous growth, making Chatham the fastest growing institution in Pittsburgh during this time.

The Falk School of Sustainability was founded in 2010 as the School of Sustainability and the Environment. An initial gift of property from the Eden Hall Foundation supported the establishment of a new campus and school to promote a trans-disciplinary, systems-based approach to improving economic, social, and environmental well-being. Recently, the School was renamed when it received a $15 million gift from the Falk Foundation. The School offers three graduate degree programs: a Master of Arts in Food Studies, Master of Sustainability, and an Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership. It is launching two undergraduate sustainability programs (BA and BS) in the fall of 2014. Falk is the second stand-alone school of sustainability in the country and holds promise to be a center of great innovation.

Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will oversee Chatham's undergraduate and graduate degree programs, its eight faculty members, and the Rachel Carson Institute. The Dean will lead the integration of the new, fully sustainable Eden Hall Campus, and promote Chatham's leadership regionally, nationally, and globally in sustainability studies. The Dean will enhance an already compelling strategy for the Falk School that envisions outstanding professional training programs that address one of the world's most pressing challenges. Growing the visibility and enrollment of the School will be a high priority. It is expected that the Dean will be a well-recognized expert in sustainability who has proven organizational building skills and an orientation towards real world results.

John Muckle is leading this search with Phillip Petree.

Review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence via the links on this page.

Chatham University is an EEO employer.