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Dean of the Truman School of Public Affairs

The University of Missouri at Columbia (MU) seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of dean of the Truman School of Public Affairs. The dean reports directly to the Provost and actively contributes to decisions affecting the University at large as a member of the council of deans. The dean is responsible for strategic planning and budgets; hiring faculty and staff; development activities; and building a climate of excellence in the school, and in all aspects of the University’s academic mission.

MU, part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, is one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. It is an AAU, Doctoral/Research Extensive, and Land-Grant institution with over 35,000 students. MU is located in Columbia, Missouri, one of America’s most livable cities.

The Truman School of Public Affairs is home to 22 full-time and jointly-appointed faculty members, 15 affiliated faculty members, six policy research analysts, and approximately 275 students. The school offers an interdisciplinary PhD. a Master of Public Affairs, (MPA), and five graduate certificates. The MPA program is available on the MU campus, in Jefferson City and on-line.  The school is home to the Institute of Public Policy and the Center for the Study of Organizational Change, and is consistantly ranked among the country's leading programs in public affairs.  In the most recent U.S. News rankings, the Truman School was ranked 33rd overall (21st among public programs) and 26th in public management and administration.  The school strives to foster a diverse faculty of nationally recognized scholars committed to effective teaching, and to attract a student body with diverse experiences and views.  For more information, please see

Qualifications: The dean should have a distinguished record appropriate to academic appointment as full professor. The ideal candidate is committed to the university’s mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development; is a strong advocate for diversity; and can articulate a compelling vision for the school’s future. Candidates should have appropriate administrative experience. The dean will devote a substantial amount of his/her time to development activities. The candidate must have the highest standards of personal integrity, be committed to stimulating innovation in the school, and be able to communicate the school’s vision to all audiences.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.

Search Process: The University of Missouri has retained Tim McFeeley and Kahn Lee of the search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this recruitment.  Nominations, applications and inquiries, which will be treated in confidence, are welcomed and should be sent to: (preferred). Applicants should submit a letter addressed to the search committee expressing why they are interested in and their perspectives on on the position and a current curriculum viae.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Missouri is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer.  Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged. Those in need of ADA accommodations, please contact Rosemary Karr at 202-552-5524 or

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Last updated: April 11, 2017