Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Florida
United States


The University of Florida, a top-ten ranked public university, welcomes applications and nominations for the inaugural role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The Associate Dean will join the institution at a transformative time as UF strengthens its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a top institutional priority. Under the leadership of Dean David E. Richardson, the successful candidate will be an unwavering diversity advocate and inspiring partner who values a liberal arts and sciences education and has demonstrated experience as a skilled administrator, advisor, and strategic leader. The Associate Dean will lead and inform the strategic discussion advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the college and will build, guide, and assess policies and practices that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion as a means of improving the college’s cultural climate and support its underrepresented populations.

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will focus on the development of a comprehensive and strategic framework to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the college; engage in continuous, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to support a diverse student, faculty, and staff population. As a public institution, it is important that the campus reflect demographics that mirror the state of Florida.

Serving as a key partner and advisor to the campus community with the support of the other Associate Deans of the college, this Associate Dean will develop and implement a full range of initiatives that enhance ongoing efforts to ensure college-wide understanding, adoption, and adherence to diversity, equity, and inclusion while fostering a collaborative and nurturing culture that recognizes UF’s particular history and combats racism and its impacts. The Associate Dean will serve as a thought leader with in-depth knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion; improve the college climate; and intentionally engage faculty, students, and staff in dialogue around critical issues to support the academic, career, and personal development of underrepresented groups.

These unprecedented times overshadowed by a global pandemic and inspired by a revitalized movement for racial justice and equity allow for innovative change in new areas. As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, the Associate Dean will partner with other Associate Deans and college stakeholders and champion transparency and accountability of diversity initiatives as a shared priority at CLAS in support of UF’s vision by developing significant collaborative partnerships with senior administration, faculty, staff, students, and community members to strengthen the anti-racist fabric of UF. This is a tremendous opportunity for a scholar, administrator, and strategic project manager to build a framework, presence, and advocacy for practices that foster and infuse the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the college.


The successful candidate will be an inspirational, innovative, and collaborative leader with proven experience in strategically leading diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education, or comparable settings, and have a successful record of advancing implementation strategies that demonstrate the university’s vision for a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The successful candidate will be an academic scholar, eligible for tenure at the rank of Associate or Full professor at UF. While no candidate will embody every quality, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications, skills, and experiences:

  • Demonstrated executive leadership skills including strategic planning, visionary innovation, administrative execution, and budgetary management;
  • Demonstrated experience in translating vision to strategic planning, goal development, and tactical efforts towards implementation to achieve improved outcomes in an institution of higher learning with a related ability to establish metrics and measure progress;
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and supporting junior and senior faculty members, staff, and students; experience with faculty recruitment;
  • A community builder who thrives in a collaborative environment, has a collegial and consultative orientation, listens well and is open to various points of view, develops consensus, and is well-versed in change management;
  • A strong, detail-oriented leader with a demonstrated ability to manage complex and sensitive matters in a timely manner;
  • Experience working cross-culturally utilizing interpersonal and diplomatic skills, both written and verbal; persistent and decisive with a collaborative style, and an ability to listen, inspire, and influence others when articulating the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Ability to build consensus and community around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and reconcile competing interests;
  • Cultural awareness, agility, and emotional intelligence; ability to build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and provide leadership to a vibrant environment;
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to attend to and prioritize projects while adapting as necessary.

Application Instructions

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is working with Isaacson, Miller to carry-out a nationwide search to solicit nominations for this position. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to Keight Tucker Kennedy or Tiffany Weber at Isaacson, Miller at

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

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