College announces three searches

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) has announced three searches for leadership positions in the dean’s office.

After a year of collaboration, conversation, and planning with college faculty and leadership, Dean Ann Ardis is moving forward with plans to amplify the support services the college offers its faculty and students. The positions are crafted in the context of the college’s strategic goals, which include driving enrollment growth for both CHSS undergraduate majors and graduate students, increasing sponsored research activity for college faculty, and expanding support for faculty members in their career development. 

The three searches are:

The associate dean for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives is a new position for CHSS and will lead the college’s activities related to proactive faculty recruitment and retention, performance management, and career development. This is a national search.  

The search for an associate dean of graduate academic affairs reflects a renewed emphasis on graduate education through a reinstatement of this senior level position, which had remained vacant for several years after a reorganization of graduate education responsibilities. This important leadership position will direct the college’s efforts to support enrollment growth, and to advance CHSS’s excellence and innovation in graduate education and research training. This search is also a national search.  

The senior associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs will direct the college’s efforts to support excellence, innovation, inclusiveness, and enrollment growth in undergraduate education. This vacancy was created by the February 2019 departure of CHSS’s senior associate dean, Robert Matz, who is now serving as the campus dean of George Mason University Korea. This is an internal search, open to current George Mason University faculty only.

These three positions will join the associate dean for research, the executive director for finance and human resources, the assistant dean for strategic communications and marketing, and the director of development as members of the college’s senior staff, led by Dean Ann Ardis.

For full consideration applications are due by June 21, 2019, however, applications will considered until the positions are filled.

"This is an exciting time to join the College of Humanities and Social Sciences team," said Ardis. "We are all looking forward to expanding our ability to serve students and faculty and continue to advance our commitment to offering the best in the humanities. We have a dedicated, collaborative team in place already and are ready to welcome new members who will continue that strong tradition while helping us grow in new directions."