Dean, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Brian Christens



The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of its School of Human Ecology. The university seeks an individual with a record of visionary, optimistic leadership who can extend the school's positive trajectory in advancing its excellence in research/scholarship, learning, extension and public service, and lead the advancement of the school through its education programs and its leading edge research initiatives, and by building strong internal and external communities to support the school's continued success and growth.

The school is in the midst of an exciting time of change as it completes, this spring, the construction of new, state-of-the art facilities, doubling its space at the heart of campus. The $52 million expansion and renovation of classrooms, research and studio spaces, offices, and community spaces includes a new art gallery to showcase student and faculty work and the school's $3 million textile collection, and a new preschool and family interaction research facility. The school's programs are cross-disciplinary and applied, and it is a model of the Wisconsin Idea in action, with its outreach programs reaching every corner of the state and increasingly the nation.

The dean reports to the chancellor and the provost, and serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the school with responsibility for strategic planning, personnel oversight, faculty and staff development, budget planning and management, fund raising, curriculum, student academic affairs, research, community and alumni relations, and physical facilities. The free-standing School of Human Ecology, with a 100-year plus history, has total annual expenditures of approximately $15 million and is comprised of approximately 120 faculty and staff, and approximately 900 bachelor's and 100 master's and doctoral students. Consistent with the university's land grant history and campus-wide vision for future scholarship directions, the school has strong resident and extension interdisciplinary programs among its four academic units and through its collaborative programs with other campus departments. About one-quarter of the school's faculty have partial appointments in UW-Extension's Cooperative Extension division, which annually provides approximately one million dollars to the school. The school offers degree programs in community and nonprofit leadership; consumer affairs; family, consumer and community education; human development and family studies; human ecology; interior design; personal finance; retailing; and textile and apparel design. The school's University Preschool Laboratory, Gallery of Design, Center for Excellence in Family Studies, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, Center for Integrative Design, Center for Nonprofits, Center for Financial Security, and Center for Retailing Excellence facilitate scholars, practitioners, designers, and students in their research and academic pursuits.

More comprehensive information about the school and the university can be found on the following websites:    

Candidates will be evaluated on the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • successful visionary and collaborative leadership;
  • strong management, communication and fund-raising experience;
  • commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff and students;
  • an understanding of diverse forms of scholarship in the behavioral and social sciences, the arts and humanities, and the physical sciences;
  • an understanding, commitment and appreciation of the diverse missions and constituencies of a major public research university including undergraduate and graduate learning, research, extension, and public service;
  • the ability to engage its constituencies to advance the school;
  • a commitment to advancing an inclusive diverse climate that stimulates excellence;
  • experience with federal grant-making agencies, philanthropic foundations, and the corporate sector; and
  • the ability to represent the school and university effectively in educational, governmental, business, alumni, and public forums.

A record of scholarship, teaching, and service/outreach that qualifies for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is required.

Electronic applications and nominations must be received by 31 January 2012 to ensure consideration. Later applications and nominations may also be considered. The committee particularly encourages applications and nominations of women and persons of underrepresented groups. Applicants should include a current resume or curriculum vitae and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how their strengths and experience match the qualifications for the position, and what they see as challenges and opportunities of the position, as well as the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Candidates will be consulted before references are contacted. Please note that in accordance with Wisconsin statutes the names of nominees and applicants who explicitly request confidentiality will not be made public, although the university is required to release the names and titles of the finalists who will be interviewed by the chancellor and the provost. Submit applications and nominations electronically to the School of Human Ecology Dean Search and Screen Committee at:
Questions may be directed to the search committee office at 608-262-1677 or

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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