Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Rutgers University–New Brunswick invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick seeks an experienced, visionary academic leader and distinguished scholar to serve as Dean of its Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (the Bloustein School). Founded in 1992, the Bloustein School serves as one of the nation’s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. The School’s mission is to improve our increasingly urbanized and interconnected world by exploring planning approaches and public policy solutions that are healthier, greener, fairer, and that generate greater prosperity than do current practices.

The School’s academic community includes world-renowned professors and researchers, superb staff, and a diverse student body who conduct research on the critical issues facing the world, country, state, and neighborhoods. The Bloustein School hosts several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs, and its faculty actively collaborate in research and teaching with colleagues across Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in areas including public health, energy policy, and climate change adaptation. The School offers undergraduate majors in Public Health, Health Administration, Planning and Public Policy, Public Policy, and Urban Planning and Design, as well as minors in Public Policy, Public Health, and Planning and Public Policy. Graduate degrees are offered in Urban Planning and Policy Development, in Public Policy, and in Health Administration. The Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy is also offered and awarded by the School of Graduate Studies. 

Chartered in 1766, Rutgers University is the eighth oldest academic institution in the nation. Rutgers University–New Brunswick is the flagship campus, and is the sole university in the United States that is a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a public Association of American Universities (AAU) member. Rutgers University–New Brunswick is a vibrant and diverse community that enrolls nearly 42,000 students (approximately 33,000 undergraduates and 8,600 graduate students), employs approximately 9,500 full- and part-time faculty and staff, and operates annually at a budget of more than $1.7 billion. Rutgers–New Brunswick comprises 12 schools and colleges and is closely aligned with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Rutgers–New Brunswick is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities in which they live. Rutgers is located at the center of the Boston to Washington, D.C. corridor, with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in a relevant field, and a record of accomplishments warranting appointment at the rank of professor within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He or she will have the administrative experience to lead a highly ranked interdisciplinary school within a large and complex university. Candidates must be committed to the broad array of interdisciplinary professional scholarship, education, and service offered by the School. The Dean will oversee the budget and fiscal management of the School. She or he will demonstrate an ability to attract and motivate students to the School’s programs, and a strong commitment to teaching, excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, and the overall enhancement of the student experience. She or he must demonstrate support for the highest standards of research and scholarship among faculty and students, as well as a commitment to public engagement. Also critical are the capacity to articulate and build consensus around a strategic vision, and the ability to implement policies and initiatives to achieve that vision. A commitment to the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of faculty and students and to diversity in all aspects of the university is also essential. Candidates should have a proven track record in fundraising and alumni relations, a demonstrated ability to work well with faculty, students, staff, and external constituents, and strong management skills.

The Dean of Bloustein will report to the Chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and is a key member of the leadership team. The successful candidate will be expected to play a major intellectual leadership role in developing strong academic and research programs that enhance the School’s quality, reputation, and visibility.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The search is expected to conclude in December 2017, with announcement of the appointment expected early in 2018; the start date is negotiable. Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence. Applicants should submit a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are actively encouraged. Nominations and applications from qualified individuals should be submitted electronically to:

Ruth B. Mandel, Chair
Edward J. Bloustein Dean Search Committee c/o Napis Wong

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