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Department: Dean of Undergraduates

Position Description

Nominations and applications are invited for consideration in the search for the dean of
undergraduates at Rice University. The dean of undergraduates governs the academic experience and student life of Rice undergraduates. The
role requires exceptional intellectual leadership, active engagement with the community, compassion, and administrative skill. The term for
this appointment will begin July 1, 2018. The dean of undergraduates will work closely with the deans of the schools, the provost, and the
president to sustain and strengthen Rice’s traditional excellence in undergraduate education and in the broader aspects of university
undergraduate life. The dean of undergraduates will report to the provost and be a member of the Deans’ Council.

The dean of
undergraduates will have specific responsibility for coordinating and/or supervising those aspects of undergraduate education that cut
across curricula, departments, and schools, as well as for oversight of many of the key educational and developmental components of the
university experience, including the residential college system, academic and other advising, and student government, as well as special
university programs such as the Center for Civic Leadership.

The dean of undergraduates will partner with the deans of the schools to
identify strategic undergraduate opportunities that cut across school boundaries and to implement innovative educational programs and
activities at the university level. The dean of undergraduates will have primary responsibility for identifying and optimizing the
distinctive strengths of Rice undergraduate education that support the university’s educational mission. A particularly important goal of
this position is to achieve a greater and more effective integration of curricular and co-curricular education for Rice undergraduates.

The dean of undergraduates will be expected to work in collaborative decision-making relationships with the deans of the schools toward
improvements and changes in the undergraduate curriculum, principally, but not necessarily limited to, undergraduate general education. In
exercising all of these responsibilities, the dean of undergraduates will be expected to facilitate decision-making guided by leading
practices and grounded in research on student learning outcomes, student needs, placement, and an informed understanding of larger national
and international developments in higher education. Initiatives and decision-making will be consultative and involve faculty and
students.

The dean of undergraduates manages the transition of students into or out of the university, for academic, medical, and/or
behavioral reasons. To date, the dean also has served as the university’s chief student affairs administrator and has held oversight
responsibility for student support offices such as the Center for Career Development, Student Wellbeing, Student Health, Sexual Assault
Prevention and Title IX Support, Multicultural Affairs, and Student Judicial Programs. These responsibilities may change depending on the
experience of the incumbent and the university’s organizational priorities.

The dean of undergraduates is a high-level and
high-responsibility position, supported by a substantial number of reporting units and staff. The successful candidate will demonstrate
requisite management capabilities, including oversight of budgets and professional staff.

Ideal candidates for this position will
have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • A full-time tenured faculty appointment and preferably at the full
    professor level
  • Demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and in scholarship
  • Previous experience in the
    development and implementation of innovative curricular or other educational initiatives
  • Knowledge of the distinctive residential
    college system at Rice University
  • A strong record of commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity and compassion and
    skill in working with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff
  • Excellent leadership qualities such as integrity,
    flexibility, imagination, and interpersonal and collegial consensus-building skills
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively
    with a wide range of audiences, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and others within and beyond the university
  • Discretion
    and sound judgment in handling sensitive and complex student-related issues
  • The ability to successfully facilitate and adapt to the
    evolving nature of the position

Exceptional candidates outside of Rice University but who meet the previously listed criteria
will also be considered.

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.

Education Required: PhD or other Doctoral
Degree

Requisition Number: F18024

Open Date: 11/15/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

Best Consideration Date: 12/15/2017

Desired Start Date: 07/01/2018

Position Status: Full-Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Special Instructions

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2017. Potential
candidates should write a letter of intent that addresses the ways in which they specifically meet the qualifications, attach a current
curriculum vitae, and email these documents to Colleen Morimoto at morimoto@rice.edu.

Exceptional candidates outside of Rice University but who meet the previously listed criteria
will also be considered.


Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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