Tufts University (Tufts) seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader with a demonstrated passion and commitment to civic engagement to serve as the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life (Tisch College). The next dean will have the opportunity to build on Tisch Colleges intellectual and programmatic leadership, continuing to move Tufts to the forefront of academic and co-curricular civic engagement programs. Tisch College is the only American institution focused on civic life that is constituted as a college and led by a dean who serves alongside other deans, thereby influencing the direction of an entire University.
Today, Tisch College is a national leader in civic education and engagement, setting the standard for higher educations role in advancing the greater good. With a broad and vital mission to prepare students for a lifetime of engagement in civic life, to study civic life and its intersections with public and private institutions, and to promote practices that strengthen civic life, Tisch College has the opportunity to continue to deeply engage Tufts in cross-cutting, interdisciplinary initiatives and programs. The next dean will be a creative and entrepreneurial leader, who will seize the opportunity to advance and shape the future of the Colleges civic impact, world-class research, student programming, and interdisciplinary activities. The Dean will be responsive to local, national, and global challenges, and will work to strengthen Tisch Colleges commitment to ensuring that the work and offerings are rooted in the values and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and social justice, which are essential to effective civic practice.
Tisch College has an annual operating budget of nearly $8.5 million and is supported by an annual endowment income of nearly $2.5 million. The College is non-degree granting, though it does co-lead an undergraduate major in Civic Studies and is mostly supported by philanthropy. The programs and the six research centers at Tisch College are supported by a team of more than 50 dedicated staff. The Dean will report to Provost Nadine Aubry, and their direct reports will include an Associate Dean for Programs and Administration, an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and a Director of Communications, Strategy, and Planning. The Dean also works closely with a 35-member Board of Advisors. Newly renovated Barnum Hall, on the main quad of the Tufts Medford campus, is home to the offices of Tisch College.