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Portland State University seeks a Dean, College of Urban & Public Affairs
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Location: Portland, Oregon

The Position:
Reporting to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Shelly Chabon, the Dean serves as a vital member of the University’s Academic Leadership Team (ALT). As the chief executive and academic officer for the College, the Dean will set the standard for intellectual engagement and accomplishment by providing a strategic vision for and operational leadership of all school programs. The Dean’s portfolio includes 1,750 students, 60 tenured or tenure track faculty, 10 non-tenure track instructional faculty, 22 fixed term research faculty, and approximately 50 staff. Total budget is $22M; grants and contracts generated $5.2M in FY23 research expenditures.

The Dean will serve as a catalyst to link the work of the College of Urban & Public Affairs (CUPA) faculty and students to other disciplines in the academy, and to public and private communities and interests outside of the institution. The Dean will be the College’s public voice, promoting initiatives within Portland State University, and articulating the College’s contributions in local, state, regional, national, and international arenas. The Dean will pursue an aggressive development program to build the College’s resources. In conducting this work, the Dean will collaborate closely with the President, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Presidents, Deans, and Department Chairs and will make critical contributions to the continued development of a distinguished institution.

The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, inclusive, and an entrepreneurial leader able to infuse CUPA with a sense of common purpose and to create a record of accomplishment that advances the mission of the University. Requirements include a record of distinguished research, teaching, and/or public service; administrative experience; proven success in external fund development; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor in the College. Experience in addressing the social issues of the widest variety of communities will be highly valued. This position requires vision, skill, experience, and creative leadership to help shape the future of the College and the University as a whole.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Those received by February 27, 2024 will be given first consideration.

Applicants must submit a CV/resume, a letter of interest that details their related qualifications and vision for the role, as well as a statement (one page maximum) that describes their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion personally and/or professionally.

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Caitlin Hummel
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Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
(585) 880-7550

Portland State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and a campus climate that supports equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Institution: Portland State University
This is a full time position

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