Houston, Texas

Advancing Rice University's longstanding commitment to educational outreach by providing lifelong personal and professional development opportunities to a broader community.

Rice University seeks an inspiring, innovative and dynamic leader to serve as the next Dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (“GSCS” or “School”). Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is the chief educational and executive officer of GSCS and a member of the Deans' Council. The Dean works closely with administrators, instructors, and staff in articulating priorities, opportunities, and ambitions; provides intellectual and programmatic engagement within the School; and, implements creative, collaborative, and innovative strategies to further strengthen the reputation of the School and Rice University.

Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian, private, first-tier research university dedicated to rigorous undergraduate and graduate education, research, and professional training in selected disciplines. Over 650 full-time faculty are devoted to the instruction and training of approximately 3,900 undergraduate students and 2,800 graduate and professional students. In the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's rankings of national universities, the University is 15th overall, and 5th for undergraduate education. The University is centrally located in Houston, Texas, near the Texas Medical Center, the city's Museum District, and the downtown financial and cultural districts.

The School of Continuing Studies was established in 1967 to provide service to the greater Houston community beyond the hedges bordering Rice's urban campus. Today, the School operates on a national scale and consists of eight program areas (Center for College Readiness; Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; Language Programs, including ESL and foreign languages; Master of Liberal Studies; Personal Development; Professional Development; School Literacy and Culture; and, Teacher Education and Master of Arts in Teaching) and is guided by 60 person team comprising of administrators, program directors, coordinators, and other staff. GSCS's broad programmatic offerings yield approximately 20,000 class enrollments annually both online and on-site. Named in honor of trustee emerita, Susanne M. Glasscock '62, in 2005, the School boasts a robust endowment and raises substantial external funding every year. GSCS has also recently moved into their exclusive brand new, state-of-the-art, LEED certified, 55,000-square foot facility called the Anderson-Clarke Center.

The Dean of GSCS will join a leadership team and cohort of deans who will shape the future direction of Rice University. The University seeks a Dean with an innovative and sophisticated understanding of the future of continuing studies both at Rice and on a national scale. The Dean will lead and support an effective team, encouraging creativity in service of a compelling vision for the School. The Dean will have the responsibility and support to create sustainable programs that are transformative for the School and the Houston community. The successful candidate will champion continuing education and lifelong learning both in the Rice community and externally in the greater Houston area and on the national stage.

Rice has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Dean of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Nominations and applications, including – as individual attachments – a cover letter, a resume, and a list of references, should be submitted online:

Gale Merseth, Vice President

Carrie Alexander, Associate

263 Summer Street, 7th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.