Dean, College of Liberal Arts


Rochester Institute of Technology

Dean, College of Liberal Arts 

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), an institution defined by creativity and innovation, seeks a Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (COLA). Reporting to the Provost, the next Dean will lead a diverse college that is central to the university’s educational mission and well-positioned to contribute to its goals of providing leading research that impacts society and an educational experience that provides students with sought-after skills such as critical thinking, ethical decision making, and well-reasoned communication. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the direction of the college, grow enrollment, create and develop distinctive and interdisciplinary programs, and forge deeper connections with other colleges on campus and the surrounding community. 

RIT was founded in 1829 and, today, is a nationally-ranked doctoral university that prepares students for success in a globally integrated society. Over the past 10 years, RIT has seen advancement in every key institutional metric. Applications have increased 70 percent. Enrollment has grown 20 percent to nearly 19,000 students, with both student caliber and the diversity of the student population on the rise. Cooperative education, a pillar in the RIT educational philosophy, has thrived, both domestically and internationally, helping demonstrate the university’s exceptional ROI with a 95-percent post-graduation employment rate. Faculty have grown in number, diversity, and scholarly stature as RIT has increased its research productivity while remaining deeply student focused. Transforming RIT: The Campaign for Greatness, a $1 billion fundraising campaign which was publicly announced in July 2018, is focused on continuing to advance these hallmarks of the university.

Spanning disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, COLA plays a critical role in the general education core for students across RIT and new developments promise to make COLA integral to the university’s future plans. These include the creation of majors in English and History, a new multi-college PhD program in Cognitive Science, and major initiatives to support the performing arts, including construction of a Performing Arts Center.

The Dean will be an entrepreneurial, team-building leader who will engage faculty, administration, and students to chart a course for the college through a clear articulation of its mission, a vision for its future, and the ability to build consensus and garner support from various constituencies. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success improving the experience of students, developing innovative curricula, enabling faculty to succeed in scholarship and research, and convening diverse groups to solve problems. The Dean will have a record as a passionate supporter of faculty and students and a deep appreciation for the liberal arts, with experience engaging across a range of academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

RIT has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as directed below.

Greg Esposito, Partner

Karen McPhedran, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

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