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Dean Medford, MA

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (“The Fletcher School”) at Tufts University, among the world’s most distinguished graduate schools of international affairs, seeks an eminent and accomplished leader to serve as Dean. Founded in 1933, The Fletcher School is based at Tufts University’s main campus in Medford, Massachusetts, and is the United States’ oldest school dedicated solely to graduate studies in international affairs. Its scope and global impact are reflected in a long list of distinguished alumni/alumnae, many of whom have served at the highest levels in government, international and non-governmental organizations, business, and the scholarly professions. The Dean will bring a comprehensive vision to The Fletcher School, one that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and which will thoughtfully lead an institution with an august history and a global mission to produce the next generation of the world’s leaders.

Fletcher fulfills its mission through manifold, innovative programs and degree tracks. It is among the most intellectually diverse and heterodox graduate schools of international affairs in the country, with its 45 full-time faculty altogether offering seven master’s degree programs, including the flagship Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and two Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs, to approximately 500 Masters students and 60 PhD candidates from all over the globe. In a world of accelerating change and increasing global interdependence, complexity, and conflict, Fletcher’s ongoing commitment to innovative, policy- and business-relevant programs continues to make it indispensable.

The successful Dean should possess a profound understanding of the mission and meaning of The Fletcher School as an educational enterprise of scholars and students engaged in the interdisciplinary study of international affairs; the importance of developing and stewarding the financial, human, and reputational resources of the School; the role of The Fletcher School in the broader Tufts University community; and the knowledge, capacity, and vision to lead The Fletcher School in expanding and deepening its real-world impact on international affairs. The Dean will engage enthusiastically with a wide variety of audiences internally, externally, and internationally, and will bring credibility through strong academic standing and connections and relations with global policymakers, executives, and thought leaders across many different sectors. Equally important, the Dean will bring thought leadership to the rapidly changing domain of international affairs and The Fletcher School’s role within it.

Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

Tim McFeeley is leading this search with Vijay Saraswat.

Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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