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Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Bothell, WA

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is seeking a collaborative leader with a deep commitment to interdisciplinarity and experience in advancing institutional diversity to serve as its Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS). One of three campuses at the University of Washington, located 30 miles outside of Seattle, UW Bothell is one of the most diverse public university campuses in the state dedicated to teaching and engaged scholarship. A non-departmentalized school, IAS provides a rigorous, cross disciplinary liberal arts education, in the context of a public research university; the school is committed to innovative pedagogy, integrated research and creative practice, and deep community partnerships. The Dean of IAS will be joining a passionate and highly dedicated group of faculty, staff, and students, inspired to making the world a better, more just, and inclusive place.

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UW has the largest research budget of any public university in the country ($1.58 billion in sponsored grants and contracts) and was recently ranked in the Top 10 Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report, one of two public universities on that list. In 1990, the Washington State legislature established two new UW campuses, in the cities of Tacoma and Bothell, south and northeast of Seattle respectively, to broaden access to higher education for the state’s residents.

UW Bothell combines the intimacy of a small college with the resources and prestige of a major public research university. The campus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs on campus and at satellite locations in Western Washington. More than half of incoming students at UW Bothell will be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. The campus is located in a beautiful natural setting and boasts award winning architecture and cutting-edge facilities overlooking natural wetlands and the Cascade Mountains. Its size and co-location with Cascadia College place UW Bothell in an excellent position for continued educational and regional impact. Access and opportunity are central to UW Bothell’s mission, as is its focus on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement.

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the academic core of UW Bothell. As one of the largest schools at UW Bothell, IAS employs close to 100 full and part-time faculty members and educates over 1,000 students each year. The incoming Dean will succeed Bruce Burgett, the inaugural Dean of IAS, who is returning to the faculty after 14 years of service as Acting Director, Director, and then Dean. Moving forward, the Dean will build upon IAS’ strong foundation and work to address the following key opportunities and challenges: 

  • Build upon and maintain a diverse workplace that successfully serves and mirrors IAS’ diverse student population;
  • Uphold and strengthen the student-centric, interdisciplinary, liberal arts culture;
  • Strengthen IAS for the future by building cultural cohesion and intellectual community;
  • Align resources and ensure transparent and equitable budget management and allocation;
  • Build external partnerships to strengthen community engagement practices and IAS’s fiscal sustainability.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. Electronic submission of materials through the University of Washington Bothell website is required. For more information on this opportunity, and to submit an application, please visit: https://ap.washington.edu/ahr/position-details/?job_id=64142

Regan Gough is leading this search with Jaime Morgen.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of University of Washington Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement.


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