The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan is seeking applications and nominations for the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy. This position offers an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary leader with an established record of excellence in public policy to build on and expand the Ford School’s engagement, impact, and visibility locally, nationally, and internationally. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the School and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Ford School is one of the nation’s foremost policy schools, located within one of the world’s great public research universities. Established in 1914 as the Institute of Public Administration and named in honor of President Gerald R. Ford in 1999, the Ford School has earned a global reputation for academic rigor and excellence; a strong and growing commitment to diversity; and a collegial, welcoming and stimulating interdisciplinary community. The Ford School offers ready access to the world-class intellectual, cultural, and social resources of the University of Michigan and its impressive alumni network. The School’s faculty, staff, and students are passionately dedicated to conducting cutting-edge policy-relevant research; preparing future policy leaders and analysts for dynamic careers in the public and private sectors domestically and globally; working with policymakers to inform and improve local, state, national and international policies; and fostering dialogue and understanding about the most complex and pressing policy challenges and opportunities of today. With a current all-funds budget exceeding $20 million and 50 teaching faculty, of whom 31 are tenured or tenure-track faculty members, the School offers two professional degrees, M.P.P. and M.P.A., as well as a Ph.D. and a B.A. It also has strong alliances, jointly appointed faculty, and dual degree programs with many other academic units and programs at the University of Michigan.
Candidates must have qualifications appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor, including a distinguished record of rigorous scholarship and teaching/mentoring. Effective and demonstrated administrative and budgetary expertise, the capacity for fundraising, and strong professional ties with diverse policy communities, are required. The desired candidate will also possess outstanding skills of leadership and collaboration in a setting that balances social science and public policy research with professional education. S/he will have experience in and a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion, and will excel at communicating with diverse audiences and fostering an inclusive and open intellectual and professional culture.
The University of Michigan has a distinguished history beginning with its founding in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the nation. It is one of only two institutions consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten public universities. Many of its departments and professional schools are ranked among the top ten in the country. The University has an annual budget of over $7 billion, $1.3 billion in annual research expenditures, and an endowment valued at more than $9 billion. For more information about the University of Michigan, please visit www.umich.edu.
Send applications (curriculum vitae and detailed cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by January 26rd, 2017.
Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director, and Josh Ward, Ph.D., Senior Associate
Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA
The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.