Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences comprises five departments (History of Art and Design; Humanities and Media Studies; Math and Science; Social Science and Cultural Studies; and Writing) offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in art history; writing; critical and visual studies; and media and performance studies.  The School also offers a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors, and every undergraduate student at the Institute takes a required General Education program that is also offered through SLAS.

In the next Dean of its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pratt seeks a candidate with a significant record of scholarly and/or creative accomplishment whose administrative career continues to be driven by intellectual commitments to the disciplines in question, and to innovative and cross-disciplinary inquiry and pedagogy.

The school's next Dean will be committed to working collaboratively with leadership across the Institute, and with the school’s faculty and staff, to define, develop, implement and advance strategic plans for achieving the goals of the school and of the Institute. The Dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the school; will lead efforts around planning, evaluation, accreditation, pedagogy, curriculum, research, student and faculty recruitment and retention, development, and financial management. Requirements for the position include a terminal degree in a relevant School of Liberal Arts and Sciences field from an accredited institution; an accomplished record of scholarly/creative activity, related to the school’s disciplines commensurate with tenure at the level of full professor; and significant academic administrative experience. The full position description can be found here: Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals. To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt.

Pratt is partnering with Storbeck Search to identify its next Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Please send all queries, nominations and applications to:

Susan VanGilder, Managing Director

Holly Jackson, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search                                                                      

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