Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
State University of New York – University at Albany | Albany, New York
The University at Albany, State University of New York (UAlbany) is seeking a Dean for the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy (Rockefeller College), one of the preeminent schools of public affairs and criminal justice in the nation. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of Rockefeller College and reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean is responsible for leading Rockefeller College in all aspects of its teaching, research, and service mission and for fundraising to support that mission. In addition, the Dean participates, as a member of the University Council of Deans, in all major decisions concerning the University.
The University is seeking an accomplished academic and administrative leader who has the experience, energy, and entrepreneurial talent to lead the College in terms of its structure, resources, visibility, and diversity. The next Dean should be eager and prepared to leverage the assets of the College and its affiliated academic units, centers, and institutes; the richness of a publicly engaged R1 research university; and the nexus with State government agencies and programs to create a coherent enterprise that advances and transmits knowledge and offers solutions for important public policy, management, and criminal justice issues.
The successful candidate will understand the academic culture and ethos of a public research university. They will have the appetite and the skills to develop financial resources, as well as the human resources among faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion at an institution that has received the HEED Award five years running and was recently awarded the Seal of Excelencia distinction, the first R1 university in the Northeast to receive this recognition. The next Dean will also have the collaborative leadership capacity to build productive partnerships within and beyond the university setting. Above all, the next Dean of Rockefeller College must have a commitment to students and a passion for the educational enterprise that constitutes the core of the University at Albany.
Candidates will have a history of leadership in higher education, in the public sector, or within a similarly complex organization, a record of deep respect for scholarship, and a demonstrated ability to manage financial budgets and build financial support for Rockefeller College and its programs. Candidates will have an outstanding record of accomplishments sufficient to be accorded an academic appointment at the rank of Professor and the respect of the faculty; a highly developed understanding of academic values, traditions, and culture; an appreciation for scholarly work and the research enterprise; and a history of support for academic excellence. Candidates should have a PhD., J.D., Ed,D. or other equivalent advanced degree.
Sean Farrell is leading this search with Sharon Hansen.