Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar

Georgetown University

Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar

Doha, Qatar

Georgetown University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q). This is an extraordinary position for a dean who will have the opportunity to shape an emerging institution within a major global research university.

At the invitation of the Qatari government and with financial sponsorship from the Qatar Foundation (QF), Georgetown University established a branch campus of its School of Foreign Service (SFS) in Education City in Doha, Qatar in 2005, known then as the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q). That branch campus was charged with delivering the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree identical to that offered on the Georgetown University Main Campus and fostering a high research profile.

Georgetown and QF renewed the initial contract in 2015, supporting 10 more years of the partnership. In the new contract, the BSFS remains at the heart of Georgetown’s programs in Qatar, but new programs are to be launched by other Georgetown schools. Thus the university’s campus is now known as GU-Q (consistent with the nomenclature of the other branch campuses located there). In addition to the BSFS, there is new programming including certificates in several fields, customized programs for other organizations, professional master’s programs and community education.

The dean of GU-Q reports to the dean of SFS in Washington (Joel Hellman) with regard to SFS programs and to the provost (Robert Groves) with regard to non-SFS programs. The dean is responsible for all aspects of GU-Q including intellectual and academic as well as administrative leadership. The administrative functions of the dean are unusually broad, including student affairs, student health and wellness, admissions, finance, human resources, safety and security, information technology, public affairs and facilities. The dean plays a pastoral role as well, fostering and extending community and supporting the lives and well-being of faculty, staff and their families in the areas of housing, education, health, transportation and community affairs. The dean also oversees all research and outreach activities, including support programs for faculty research and the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS).

Externally, the dean of GU-Q is the chief representative of and spokesperson for GU-Q. The dean interacts on a regular basis with the Qatar Foundation, with Hamad bin Khalifa University, and with the other branch campuses in Education City. The dean also represents Georgetown University throughout the region.

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience as a faculty member with an outstanding record of research and teaching, and/or experience in international affairs, with stature and recognition as a leader in the global arena. The dean will also have the experience and skills to represent Georgetown University in Qatar and the Gulf region. Familiarity with the language, culture, opportunities and challenges both of the region and of Georgetown would be highly desirable.

More information about GU-Q can be found at

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 25, 2017. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent via e-mail to Georgetown’s consultants Jean Dowdall, Ph.D., Robin Mamlet and Veena Abraham at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

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