Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University of Texas Austin
United States

Description

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business (Texas McCombs) seeks candidates for an Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).  The candidate’s education, perspectives, research program, and experience should enable them to provide leadership, to coordinate activities that build and maintain a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff and student community, and to support equitable treatment of faculty in research, teaching, practice and community engagement.

The Associate Dean for DEI at Texas McCombs will make an indelible impact on a wide range of activities and experiences for our internal and external communities.  Those include approximately 150 full-time and 150 part-time faculty, 375 staff, 1750 graduate students, 10,000 undergraduates, and tens of thousands of alumni at a School that is among the very best worldwide.  Some of those communities outside the university are part of the one of the most vibrant, attractive, and forward-looking cities as well as one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S.: Austin, Texas.  Further, the Associate Dean for DEI will have opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned scholars, including in DEI domains, alongside students in top-tier doctoral programs.

As part of the academic mission of Texas McCombs, we are committed to recruiting, employing, and supporting highly-qualified faculty members with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas, and viewpoints.  The institution embraces DEI in many forms. We are dedicated to the principle that individuals be respected, their voices be heard, their contributions be valued, and that they enjoy equitable access to opportunities, regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity‑ and expression, disability, or marital, parental, age, veteran, health history, socioeconomic, or citizenship status.

This principle and this position are critical for the education, employment, advancement, compensation, recognition, and satisfaction of all individuals in our communities.  Doing so helps us pursue excellence in our continuing endeavor to be a School and a “University of the First Class.”

Description and Responsibilities

This is a full-time position with 25% Associate Dean (DEI) responsibilities reporting to the Dean of the Business School and 75% research-active faculty responsibilities reporting to the Chair of the department of employment. We seek a candidate whose qualifications, research record, and experience will earn an appointment at the rank of Full Professor.

To assist in this role, the McCombs School of Business employs a Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement (100% time staff position) who reports to the AD-DEI and is responsible for the execution of faculty, student and staff DEI activities and for the curation of affiliated metrics. In addition, dedicated DEI roles in the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Offices (with dotted line reporting to the AD-DEI) are in place that help attract and retain a diverse student body and ensure their success inside and outside the classroom.

AD-DEI Responsibilities include:

  1. Update and refine the DEI vision and strategy for Texas McCombs by working with the School’s leadership, and community members including students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  2. Collaborate with Texas McCombs leadership, departments and programs, students, alumni, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders, including D&I officers across campus to identify school priorities and short-term objectives and initiatives that align with the McCombs strategic plan.
  3. Consolidate events, initiatives, practices, programs, and curricula to cohere under a unified DEI vision and strategy for Texas McCombs.
  4. Provide guidance to the Dean of Texas McCombs on strategic DEI issues as it relates to talent acquisition and retention for faculty, staff, and students.
  5. Use evidence-based insights to educate and promote equity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced at Texas McCombs. 
  6. Help implement DEI strategic objectives by working closely with Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement (who will report to the AD-DEI).
  7. Coordinate Texas McCombs actions with the UT Provost Strategic Plan for DEI: https://utexas.app.box.com/s/g74axpkhbneupxotfcbvtrpqxil7vhv8, serving as the academic leader who translates requirements and goals to faculty.

Qualifications

Doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DBA) in a business discipline with research interests and published scholarly work in top business journals on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues in higher education. Demonstrated understanding of, and support for, key concepts in diversity, equity, and inclusion training. Preference for a tenured Associate Professor or Full Professor.

Application Instructions

Applications received before October 15, 2021, will receive first consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants may access this position at The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Recruitment web page, https://faculty.utexas.edu/career. Applicants will be prompted to submit a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, diversity statement and three professional references via Interfolio. The purpose of the diversity statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage and lead activities that would enhance Texas McCombs’ DEI efforts, and it may be incorporated into the letter of interest. Additional materials may be requested from finalists, addressing the faculty portion of this position.

Materials should be addressed to Dean Lillian Mills. 

For questions about the position please contact Laura DiTullio (laura.ditullio@mccombs.utexas.edu).  For technical support please visit Interfolio's Help Site or reach out to their Scholars Services Team at (877) 997-8807.


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