POST WIDELY: Dean Position Open, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NYC

Hello Everyone-
So it seems that our much beloved Dean is planning to step down for the best of reasons – after over 10 years as our Dean, and at least as much as Dean of Eugene Lang College, she has decided that she will take a year of leave, and return as faculty, because she misses the classroom and wants to teach again. She’s been an amazing boss, and while I’m thrilled I’ll be able to see her more, she’ll be very hard to replace.
I’ve been informed to post widely our search for a new Dean. If you know anyone who is a senior scholar with administrative experience, and who may want to live in New York City (and Brooklyn at that, which in my opinion, is the best part of NYC!), please forward them this information.
And if you or they have any questions, please feel free to contact me personally at
Ok, thanks everyone, and feel free to forward this to any and all. Best wishes!



Pratt Institute invites applications and nominations for the leadership position of Dean of its School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS).

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School, which is comprised of the departments of Humanities and Media Studies, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, and Mathematics and Science. The new Dean will have the opportunity to build with the faculty and chairs a shared vision for the School, and, as the School’s advocate, to create the organizational infrastructure to support its implementation.

We seek a candidate with a significant record of scholarly accomplishment and one whose administrative career continues to be driven by intellectual commitments to the dicsiplines in question and to innovative and cross-disciplinary inquiry and pedagogy. The successful candidate wil be one who is especially interested in fostering the continued co-evolution of the liberal arts and sciences in dynamic relationship with art, design, and architecture and in fostering faculty research.

SLAS includes two undergraduate programs: the Writing program, and Critical and Visual Studies. Other majors, minors and concentrations are in the planning stages, and a master’s program in Media Studies is under development and expected to being in 2012. The school also includes core required sequences in World History and Freshman English, as well as a two-course Mathematics and Science core requirement, and Pratt’s Intensive English program, Writing Across the Curriculum, the Writing and Tutorial Center, and the Architecture/Writing program. Courses offered in the School include anthropology, astronomy, botany, chemistry, communications, cultural studies, creative writing, critical and visual studies, English, ESL, ecology and evolution, environmental science, foreign language, geology, history, humanities, journalism, literature, math, media studies, music, performance and performance studies, philosophy, physics, psychology, sociology and related fields. The faculty of the School participates actively in Pratt’s sustainability initiative.

Responsibilities of the Dean include educational leadership, faculty review and development, managing the school’s budget, administration of the School, participation in campus-wide strategic planning, community outreach and resource development. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer an excellent benefits package. Candidates must have a terminal degree in one of the disicplines taught in the School, significant teaching experience and scholarly achievement, and a record of academic administrative leadership. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies are required.

Pratt Institute has been a leader in educating artists, designers, architects, and librarians since its founding in 1887. Located in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, Pratt’s main campus is a 25-acre oasis of grass, century old trees, meandering paths and historic buildings. Pratt also offers programs in our landmarked building in Manhattan. The Institute serves over 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students form 47 states and 70 countries. Pratt is committed to poetic pragmatism and to making critical thinking and creative practice two inseparable halves of hte same whole. For further information, please visit our Web site at Review of applications to begin November 1, 2010 and will continue until position is filled. Please forward a letter of application and CV in confidence electronically to:

Dr. Chuck Munster
Chair, Dean SLAS Search Committee

PRATT INSTITUTE is an Equal Opportunity Employer


~ by chris on October 8, 2010.

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