Dean, Division of the Humanities

The University of Chicago
Dean of the Division of the Humanities

The University of Chicago—one of the world's preeminent institutions of learning—seeks an eminent scholar to serve as Dean of the Division of the Humanities: a visionary, collaborative, and strategic leader who is deeply committed to humanistic inquiry and practice.

The University of Chicago has advanced new ways of thinking since its founding in 1890, drawing leading scholars to its local and global campuses and nurturing ideas that challenge and change the world. Its scholars continually break new ground and explore new territory, both real and theoretical. The university's commitment to free and open inquiry sustains a culture of spirited debate, inspiring both established and emerging scholars to push boundaries and achieve field-shaping work.

For students, a University of Chicago education is transformative. Undergraduate students do more than merely acquire knowledge; they develop the critical skills necessary to examine, understand, and challenge ideas and assumptions—including their own. Graduate students develop the skills and ideas they will use to shape their own fields throughout their careers.

The Humanities Division (HD) at the University of Chicago nourishes a complex intellectual ecology that spans ancient and modern periods, includes multiple disciplinary traditions, and houses practicing arts that range from traditional media to emerging modes of creative practice. The HD actively advances transformations within and among distinct fields of knowledge, and is committed to developing modes of study and research in new fields and with new technologies.More than 200 faculty, including internationally acclaimed scholars and artists, teach and collaborate with 500 hundred doctoral students and more than 300 MA and MFA students across the Division's 13 departments, 3 committees and 19 degree programs.

By articulating a compelling vision that encompasses this range of activity, the Dean of the Division of the Humanities has both the responsibility of shaping humanistic study at the University and the opportunity to serve as a leading advocate for the Humanities across the academy, within and beyond the United States. At a historical juncture when fundamental humanistic questions (from ethics to aesthetics) have become increasingly urgent outside the Humanities, and when globalization has intensified the need for expertise across languages and cultures, the Dean of Humanities at the University of Chicago occupies an exceptional public as well as intellectual platform.

As a faculty member, the Dean must be an eminent scholar with a profile and achievements commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure at the University of Chicago. The Dean must be deeply committed to, and curious and passionate about, all dimensions of humanistic inquiry and practice, engaging faculty, students, and alumni across fields and disciplines. The Dean must exercise exceptional judgment in hiring and promoting faculty members, realizing opportunities to promote the Division, allocating resources, and creatively facing the challenge of competing priorities and objectives. The Dean must aim to uphold the values of the University of Chicago including the practice of rigorous inquiry and free expression. The Dean's personal and institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion must be strong and visible.

The University of Chicago welcomes input that will help it build a diverse pool of talented candidates. The University has retained WittKieffer to support this search. Inquiries and nominations can be directed in confidence to Suzanne Teer and Philip Tang at To review a comprehensive leadership profile, see

Applications should include a CV and cover letter addressed to the Humanities Division Dean Search Advisory Committee. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 15, 2023. Review of materials will continue until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted through UChicago's secure website at:


The University of Chicago seeks a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University's Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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