Dean, School of Information

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, School of Information.

The University of Michigan has a long and distinguished history beginning with its founding in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two public institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten universities. The University is distinguished by its broad excellence across many disciplines, with many of its departments and professional schools ranked among the top ten in the country. Its academic programs are organized into 19 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus. Collectively, the Schools and Colleges in Ann Arbor enroll more than 52,000 students, broken down into 32,695 undergraduates and 18,530 graduate students. The University has more than 5,606 instructional faculty in Ann Arbor.

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) offers advanced research and programs of study that address the social and technical aspects of contemporary information use, creating and sharing knowledge so that people can use information — with technology — to build a better world. The school was one of the first iSchools in the nation and is the premier institution for studying and using technology to improve human-computer interaction, computational social science, data analytics and data science, information economics, health informatics, and library science and archives.

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the School of Information, responsible to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for oversight and quality of the School’s academic and research programs. The Dean of UMSI serves as the chief steward of the School’s vision-setting and strategy implementation and is thus key to UMSI realizing that vision. From shepherding curricular and program innovation, to supporting research that addresses the critical gaps not met by industry and government, to ensuring that UMSI prepares future leaders in the field who hold both progress and integrity as unassailable values: the Dean will work with faculty, staff, and students to ensure UMSI meets the changing landscape of the field.

Michigan seeks a Dean with an impressive record of scholarly achievement in the academy with a track record of leadership and administrative experience, or a recognized career of achievement in another sector, with a strong understanding of scholarship, and university culture. A commitment to collaboration, innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion will be critical.

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. University of Michigan will be assisted by Jackie Zavitz, J.J. Cutler, and Erin Kneeley of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Nominations and applications should be directed to:

The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office (ECRT) at 734-763-0235 and, and as follows:

Sex/Gender Identity/Gender Expression/Sexual Orientation, including sexual misconduct: ECRT Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Director and Title IX Coordinator

Disability: ECRT Disability Director and ADA Coordinator

Race/Color/National Origin/Age/Marital Status/Religion/Height/Weight/Veteran Status: ECRT Civil Rights Director