University of Notre Dame, College of Science

Position ID: 2659-DCOS [#17363, N13863]
Position Title: Dean, College of Science
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Notre Dame, Indiana 46556, United States
Subject Area: Science
Application Deadline: 2021/04/14 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/24, listed until 2021/08/24)
Position Description:    

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The University of Notre Dame, a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students the opportunity to pursue their academic endeavors in a scholarly community that is enriched by exceptional research and by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for dean of its College of Science. 

The College of Science is committed to advancing basic discovery science as well as fostering advancements that answer the world's toughest questions and solve its most enduring problems. Its five departments – Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics – and three interdisciplinary graduate programs – Integrated Biomedical Sciences, Biophysics, and Materials Science and Engineering – together with a number of impactful research centers, institutes, and programs create a rich and robust environment for cutting-edge research and innovative and ambitious educational programs.

The dean reports directly to a new provost and provides leadership for all aspects of the College. Key imperatives for the dean's first few years in office include: collaborating with faculty and stakeholders to develop and realize a compelling vision for the future; working to create complementarities between the College's vision and the University’s evolving strategic plan; assuring the continued prominence of the faculty; growing research and strengthening graduate programs; promoting and advancing efforts to support a diverse and inclusive community; fostering collaboration within the College, across the University, and with external entities; and advancing the stature of the College and further strengthening its reputation and resources. 

The University seeks a visionary, institutionally ambitious, and collaborative dean who will advance the College's impact in teaching and scholarship. The ideal candidate will be an intellectual leader of note in one of the fields represented in the College who also has experience in strategic and administrative roles that have required the management of personnel, operations, and finances. The new dean should demonstrate both an understanding of and willingness to advance Notre Dame's distinctive mission, as well as a strong commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, broadly construed, and the ability to manage change. The ability to communicate the College's mission and priorities with persuasiveness and clarity to potential donors and programmatic partners is essential. A record of scholarly accomplishment appropriate to appointment as a tenured full professor in one of the College's departments is required.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is a private Catholic research university ranked among the nation's top 20 institutions of higher education by surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Time, Kiplinger's, and Kaplan/Newsweek. The University's 1,260-acre campus is located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, which offers a small-town feel with a number of big-city amenities including Broadway plays, first-rate musical and performance artists, and a vibrant and growing innovation culture. Approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend and the larger Michiana region are also home to ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile available at

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Notre Dame in this search. Review of candidate materials has begun and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by no later than April 14, 2021.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: 

Robin Mamlet, Suzanne Teer and Julia Venetos

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