Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


The Ohio State University seeks a strategic, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC). This is an opportunity to lead a large and complex academic unit of enormous intellectual range and depth: the College encompasses more than 38 departments and schools as well as more than 20 centers and institutes. ASC is at the core of Ohio State; it engages nearly every undergraduate student at the University and generates nearly half of all credit hours on the Columbus campus. It is home to more than 2,300 faculty and staff and enrolls more than 17,500 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate students.


Ohio State is one of the legendary institutions of higher education. Ranked 17th among the nation's public universities by US News and World Report, the University is known for its commanding scale, distinction and quality in research and teaching, disciplinary range, and fidelity to its land grant roots and its public service mission. The University as a whole includes 7,500 faculty and 25,000 administrative and professional staff, and serves nearly 68,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on six campuses.


The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences joins Ohio State at a propitious moment. In 2020, the campus welcomed Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the University's 16th president, and earlier in 2021, Dr. Melissa Gilliam was named Ohio State's Executive Vice President and Provost. The Dean will join this dynamic leadership team as Ohio State forges a defining path for the 21st century land grant university and its potential for global impact. The University is in the midst of Time and Change: The Ohio State Campaign, which has a goal of $4.5 billion and the announced aim of engaging 1 million supporters, an unprecedented level in higher education, to help realize its visionary goals. It is an inflection point for the institution, and aspirations and ambitions for this great University run high.


Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean will work collaboratively within the College and across the University. The Dean will advocate for the full range of disciplines within ASC and be an enthusiastic proponent of the intrinsic value of the liberal arts and sciences externally. The Dean will champion disciplinary and curricular innovation as well as interdisciplinary collaboration and lead a diverse community of trailblazing scholars. The successful candidate will possess credentials for appointment as full professor, with a terminal degree, an exemplary record of intellectual accomplishment, and a demonstrated commitment to practices that strengthen institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion.






The Ohio State University has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important search. Please send all nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest in confidence and electronically to:


John Muckle and Anita Tien, Partners

Andy Marshall, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. To build a diverse workforce, the University encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.