Dean of IAS Search

Dean of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Charge Letter

April 30, 2020

  • Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean, School of Business, Search Committee Chair
  • Kara Adams, Director, Community Engagement
  • Raissa DeSmet, Senior Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Silvia Ferriera, Full-time Lecturer, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Ted Hiebert, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Ernest Kandilige, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Advisory Board Member
  • Jennifer Keene, Administrator, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Sara Maxwell, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Eva Navarijo, Director, Undergraduate Advising, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Madison Nikfard, Student, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Keith Nitta, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Sarah Ramirez, Student, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Wadiya Udell, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Wayne Au, Acting Dean, Diversity and Equity, Inclusive Search Lead
  • Kathryn Rich, Search Committee Logistical Support

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for agreeing to serve on the search committee to identify the next Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS). As outlined in Executive Order 20, “the duty of the appointment committee is to search for suitable candidates, to study and determine their qualifications, and to obtain and evaluate all data.” You will be supported by an external search firm, Isaacson Miller, led by Regan Gough, Jaime Morgen and Casey Gallagher.

This committee will be chaired by Dean Krishnamurthy who will work closely with Dr. Nitta in his role as the Chair of the Elected Faculty Council of IAS. Dean Au has graciously agreed to serve as the inclusive search lead to help the committee observe best practices throughout the process. Kathryn Rich will support the committee with logistics. Dean Au and Ms. Rich will not have formal roles in the deliberations for this search although they will attend most meetings.

This is a very important leadership position for UW Bothell as the campus continues to move forward to achieve our vision to provide a transformational learning community. The Dean is responsible for leading the School of IAS and its faculty, staff and students, sustainably managing resources, serving on the Council of Academic Deans, collaborating with campus partners, actively developing external partnerships, and providing support for campus commitments to community engagement, cross-disciplinarity, and connected learning.
I ask that you approach this process in a broadly inclusive manner that engages the campus community and seeks a pool of candidates that reflects UWB's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The expectation is that the committee will collectively participate in an inclusive search training session that focuses on senior administrator searches and will be organized for the Autumn 2020 quarter or sooner.

I ask as well that you apply the following considerations during the search:

  • What are the future needs of the region and, more broadly, the State of Washington in the area of IAS?
  • What are the key opportunities for the School over the next five years?
  • What are the main challenges facing the School over the next five years?

I expect that we will have a very strong pool of candidates interested in this opportunity. Isaacson Miller will solicit input/feedback from stakeholder groups during May 2020 that will inform a profile and an evaluation rubric. The search firm will use the profile to recruit a robust candidate pool during the summer. The committee will then reconvene in Autumn Quarter 2020 to begin deliberations. I ask that you recommend to me up to three candidates to bring to campus for extended interviews with the broader community during the Winter Quarter 2021.

At the relevant milestones, I look forward to a written summary (without ranking) of the strengths and weaknesses of the semi-finalists and eventually the finalists that represents the breadth of feedback and information gathered throughout the entirety of the search process.

Thank you,
Sharon A. Jones
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Washington Bothell