Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

The University of Houston invites nomination and applications in the search for the next Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). The college is the heart of the university, dedicated to spurring intellectual curiosity, creativity and transformative education. Encompassing humanities, social sciences and health sciences, CLASS is truly a mosaic of disciplines that broaden perspectives, inspire potential and advance possibilities yet unimagined. It is the largest and most diverse of the 16 colleges at the University of Houston (UH), with student enrollment of over 10,000. The college has 665 faculty (more than 270 of whom are tenured or tenure-track). These nationally and internationally recognized professors excel in scholarly research, teach a wide range of outstanding courses and offer service to their departments, CLASS, the university and the wider community.

Reporting directly to the provost, the dean is the chief executive officer of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and is responsible for providing the academic leadership and vision necessary for setting strategic, operational and financial directions. This includes strategic planning, personnel hiring and evaluation, student success, academic program development, professional accreditations, interdisciplinary collaborations, and fiscal management and efficiency. The dean has overall responsibility for developing an effective, collegial environment that supports excellence in research, teaching and service. The college seeks a leader who embraces diversity and fosters a climate in which students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds are supported in reaching their full potential.

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in Houston. UH reflects the diversity, challenge, and optimistic spirit that characterize the city of Houston. Part of the public system of higher education in Texas, the university offers a full range of bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional programs to students from across the United States and around the world. Each year, the university educates more than 47,000 students and awards more than 10,000 degrees. UH is a nationally recognized comprehensive, Tier One research and teaching institution. The university is the home of important scientific breakthroughs, cultural diversity, academic excellence and public service. UH recently unveiled its new strategic plan: Together we rise, together we soar.

A detailed leadership profile is available at this link.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. WittKieffer is assisting the University of Houston in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by September 27, 2021. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Ryan Crawford and Ashlee Winters at

The University of Houston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.