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Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida, a top-ten ranked public university, welcomes applications and nominations for the inaugural role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The Associate Dean will join the institution at a transformative time as UF strengthens its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a top institutional priority. Under the leadership of Dean David E. Richardson, the successful candidate will be an unwavering diversity advocate and inspiring partner who values a liberal arts and sciences education and has demonstrated experience as a skilled administrator, advisor, and strategic leader. The Associate Dean will lead and inform the strategic discussion advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the college and will build, guide, and assess policies and practices that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion as a means of improving the college’s cultural climate and support its underrepresented populations.

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will focus on the development of a comprehensive and strategic framework to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the college; engage in continuous, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to support a diverse student, faculty, and staff population. As a public institution, it is important that the campus reflect demographics that mirror the state of Florida.

Serving as a key partner and advisor to the campus community with the support of the other Associate Deans of the college, this Associate Dean will develop and implement a full range of initiatives that enhance ongoing efforts to ensure college-wide understanding, adoption, and adherence to diversity, equity, and inclusion while fostering a collaborative and nurturing culture that recognizes UF’s particular history and combats racism and its impacts. The Associate Dean will serve as a thought leader with in-depth knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion; improve the college climate; and intentionally engage faculty, students, and staff in dialogue around critical issues to support the academic, career, and personal development of underrepresented groups.

These unprecedented times overshadowed by a global pandemic and inspired by a revitalized movement for racial justice and equity allow for innovative change in new areas. As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, the Associate Dean will partner with other Associate Deans and college stakeholders and champion transparency and accountability of diversity initiatives as a shared priority at CLAS in support of UF’s vision by developing significant collaborative partnerships with senior administration, faculty, staff, students, and community members to strengthen the anti-racist fabric of UF. This is a tremendous opportunity for a scholar, administrator, and strategic project manager to build a framework, presence, and advocacy for practices that foster and infuse the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the college.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be submitted below in confidence.

Keight Tucker Kennedy is leading this search with Tiffany Weber.


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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