Dean of Students



Job description

Madison, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announces the search for the Dean of Students and seeks an experienced and visionary leader to join its newly established Division of Student Affairs.

As an AAU research university and a member of the Big Ten, the University of Wisconsin is a major, public, doctoral-degree granting university with prolific research activity, global reach, and a reputation for excellence and innovation.

The University established a Vice Chancellor-level student affairs operation in 2018. As a result, the Dean of Students role has been designed to coordinate the efforts of key student-facing units. The first of these units, the Dean of Students Office, involves programs and services supporting student well-being, case management, students of concern, crisis support, bias response, behavioral intervention and threat assessment. Other units reporting to the Dean include the Center for First-Year Experience (orientation, transfer programs, inclusion education, academic engagement); the Associated Students of Madison (student government body) and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. These key student affairs programs and services are led by experienced, committed staff who value inclusive management, are committed to the university’s rich tradition of shared governance and who bring a deep commitment to the Wisconsin Experience to their roles.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader whose commitment to innovation and university-wide partnerships will enhance the delivery of services to all students. The Dean will be experienced with the assessment of learning outcomes; the complex legal and legislative environment that informs the work of the component offices; and will be an advocate for advancing cultural diversity as an element of inclusive excellence in student affairs. The University relies on the Dean of Students and the associated designated units to advance policies and programs aimed at positive student development and to provide urgent response and problem-solving services to students and to other staff and faculty working with students.

A master’s degree and ten years of progressively responsible and relevant leadership experience is required; a terminal degree is preferred. Inquiries, nominations, and applications are welcome.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than March 1, 2019.

The appointment will be effective in the summer of 2019.

How to apply

Candidates should provide a professional resume or curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Wisconsin consultants Sheila Murphy and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at Witt/Kieffer at The consultants may be reached by telephone through the desk of Shalonda Alleyne, administrative support for the search, at 630-575-6157.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, or regionally as UW–Madison, or Madison) is a public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States.