University of Michigan announces search for next Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy

January 2, 2007

Established in 1914 as the Institute of Public Administration, the Ford School became the School of Public Policy in 1995 and was re-named in honor of President Gerald R. Ford in 1999. The Ford School has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years: it has added joint doctoral programs with the departments of economics, sociology, and political science; expanded the faculty; established several new research centers; built and moved to its new home, Joan and Sanford Weill Hall; and created an upper-division undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. With a current all-funds budget exceeding $16 million and 41 teaching faculty, of whom 27 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 other academic units at the University of Michigan, including Ross School of Business, School of Education, School of Information, Law School, School of Natural Resources and Environment, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the Ford School. S/he will be expected to continue to enhance the national and international standing of the School and to help set the strategic vision and priorities for the next phase of its growth and integration. Candidates must have an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree and qualifications appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor at the University of Michigan, including a distinguished record of rigorous scholarship and teaching and/or mentoring. Effective and demonstrated administrative and budgetary expertise and the capacity for fundraising are required. The successful 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 be creative, flexible, and will excel at communicating with diverse audiences and fostering an inclusive and open intellectual and professional culture.

The University has retained J. Robert Scott Executive Search to assist in the search. Nominations and letters of application, including curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references, should be sent to:

Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D.
Managing Director
J. Robert Scott Executive Search
260 Franklin Street, Suite 620
Boston MA 02110
Email: [email protected]
Electronic Submissions Preferred.

The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.