Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney

By November 11, 2021Uncategorised

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Following the recent internal appointment of Professor Annamarie Jagose to the position of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the key leadership role of Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is now being recruited via a global search. Arriving at a time of disruption and change around the world, the Dean will bring new ways of thinking about the purpose and impact of humanities and social sciences for research, education and engagement with external communities, and fresh energy for developing these in collaboration with colleagues and partners, across the Faculty, University and beyond.

The Dean role has a significant remit and is a member of the University Executive, contributing to whole-of-University policy and strategy. At a time of leadership renewal and consolidation at the University and in the Faculty, the Dean will design and implement a creatively proactive response to the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the sector. Proud to be part of Australia’s first University, the incoming Dean should demonstrate capacity to lead transformation at scale, to inspire academic excellence, and to promote the social benefit of arts and social science knowledge and innovation.

The Faculty

Ranked 23rd in the world for studies in arts and humanities (QS 2021), the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Sydney is disciplinarily comprehensive with a galvanising vision for the social relevance of the humanities and social sciences in the 21st century.

FASS staff and students

Home to 6 Schools (Economics; Languages and Cultures; Literature, Art and Media; Philosophical and Historical Inquiry; Social and Political Sciences; Education and Social Work) as well as a diverse set of research centres, institutes, networks, and groups, including the renowned Sydney College of the Arts, the Faculty offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of arts and social sciences subjects in Australia, and is in a strong financial position. The flagship themes in the Faculty’s FutureFix research program engage with a range of contemporary issues including environmental humanities, politics in a post-truth society, poverty and economic development, the social impact of technology, community-led research, and many more.

About the appointment

Bringing deep insights into the opportunity for 21st century humanities and social sciences in one of the world’s leading comprehensive research and teaching universities, the appointee will demonstrate the ability to advocate for the ongoing significance, impact, and attractiveness of FASS’s disciplines with a range of stakeholders to achieve the Faculty’s goals in research and educational excellence, community engagement, student recruitment, and philanthropy. The appointee will also be an established academic leader, with a track record in managing the financial sustainability, infrastructure, and operational needs of a sizeable academic unit of notable scale.

To learn more, and to apply

The University of Sydney will be supported in its global search for this appointment by the executive search firm De Sailly Search. To obtain full details and for a confidential discussion, prospective candidates should contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly, via email to SydFASS@desailly.com.au

Applications for the position should include the following:

  • Full Curriculum Vitae
    • Covering positions held, including dates and details of the scope and scale of responsibilities held and key achievements.
    • Details of education.
    • Full list of publications and research grants.
    • Details of teaching, research experience.
    • Any other relevant information, such as contributions to professional associations and learned societies, and community activities.
  • Candidate Statement
    • A brief statement (no more than five pages) outlining your vision for the role and what you would expect to accomplish, and systematically addressing all the components of the Skills, Capabilities and Experience section on page 5 of the Candidate Information Pack.
  •  Referee details
    • Full contact details of five nominated referees.
    • Candidates should state their relationship to the referees and why they have been nominated.
    • References will only be sought after prior consultation with the candidate.


Full applications including comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, and candidate statement outlining vision for the role and addressing the Skills, Capabilities and Experience outlined for the role, and nominating referees, must be submitted to the email address above, before the official close on Monday, 10 January 2022.