Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy

The University of Chicago
Harris School of Public Policy

The University of Chicago - one of the world's preeminent institutions of discovery, learning, and impact - seeks a visionary, engaged, and strategic leader deeply committed to social science and public policy education to serve as Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy.

The University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Its commitment to free and open inquiry draws scholars from around the country and the world and generates ideas that challenge and change the world. The University provides its community with the intellectual freedom necessary to push boundaries and convention. In this culture of constant questioning through open and spirited debate, scholars and learners are positioned to do their best work, continually break new ground, and explore new ideas. Within this context, University of Chicago students are taught how to think, not what to think. A University of Chicago education is transformative. Students do more than merely acquire knowledge; they develop the critical skills necessary to examine, understand, and challenge ideas and assumptions-including their own. It is a proficiency they develop in the classroom and will use throughout their careers and their lives.

The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies (Harris) embodies the ideals of the University of Chicago and applies them to the field of public policy. The policy challenges of today take innovative people who gather and analyze the data, discover the facts, and put forth clear-eyed recommendations to help society make evidence-based policy and governance decisions. The Harris faculty offer a curriculum that transforms students into such thinkers and empowers them to achieve their utmost potential as highly effective, dedicated, and serious-minded policy professionals. Harris faculty are also engaged in the policy issues of our time. They create and adopt new methodologies in collaboration with partners across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to drive better solutions.

Harris is home to 53 full-time faculty, more than 1,300 students, and boasts 5,000 alumni across the globe. Harris offers a variety of academic programs including a Master of Public Policy (MPP), MS in Computational Analysis and Public Policy, MA in Public Policy with a Certificate in Research Methods, MA in Public Policy, a part-time evening Master's Program, and two PhD programs. In addition, Harris offers various certificate programs and joint degrees with other schools at the University including the Booth School of Business, Law School, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and the Division of the Social Sciences.

Reporting to the Provost and serving as one of the 12 university deans who oversees the academic divisions and professional schools, the new Dean will envision, plan, and advocate for the future of Harris, defining new possibilities for success and a new level of excellence. To support that future, the Dean will create a more robust and sustainable business model and increase philanthropy. The Dean will actively engage faculty to enhance excellence in research and teaching and provide personal leadership to create a more diverse and inclusive environment where each member of the Harris community can thrive.

As a faculty member, the Dean must be a scholar with a profile and achievements commensurate with the rank of Professor with tenure at the University of Chicago. The Dean must be deeply committed to, and curious and passionate about, the science of public policy, engaging faculty, students, and alumni across fields and disciplines. The Dean must develop a plan for continuing to provide an exceptional student experience. The Dean must uphold the values of the University of Chicago including the practice of rigorous inquiry and free expression. The Dean's personal and institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion must be strong and visible.

WittKieffer is assisting the University of Chicago in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by December 22, 2023. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited.

Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile which can be found at .

All applications must be submitted through UChicago's secure website at .

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Suzanne Teer, Jessica Herrington, and Maya E. Holt-Brockenbrough, Ph.D. at .

All University departments and institutes are charged with building a faculty from a diversity of backgrounds and with diverse viewpoints; with cultivating an inclusive community that values freedom of expression; and with welcoming and supporting all their members.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University's Statements on Diversity are at .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination .

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-3988 or email with their request.

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