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About the Position

The University of Houston-Downtown is seeking applicants for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The new Dean will serve as the chief academic and administrative leader for the College. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and serves on the Provost’s Leadership Team and Dean’s Council. The Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences must demonstrate strategic and visionary leadership, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a commitment to the mission of the College and University. The Dean will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, including scholarly pursuits and professional development of students and of faculty members and will be a strong and energetic advocate for the College and the University, securing support to achieve and maintain excellence and building academic, community, and corporate partnerships and collaborations. The ideal candidate will have a record of responding effectively to the rapidly changing demands on colleges and higher education, and a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion and social and racial justice.

Founded in 1974, UHD is a comprehensive, federally-designated Minority and Hispanic-Serving four-year public university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees aimed at career preparation. UHD is part of the University Of Houston System and is located on a 40-acre campus in Downtown Houston, Texas. One of the most diverse institutions in the nation, UHD currently enrolls over 15,000 undergraduate students and more than 1,500 graduate students that reflect the diversity of the Greater Houston area. The College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS) offers 14 undergraduate programs and three master’s degrees and supports majors in all Colleges by delivering the foundational courses within the common core curriculum.

A complete position profile including the full list of desired attributes, qualifications, and key leadership opportunities, as well as application requirements, may be found at:

The Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue its work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by January 31, 2021 and include a letter of interest addressing why the applicant is interested in this position and how the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile are met, a resume, and five professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization of the applicant.

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word preferred) to

Please direct nominations and inquires to:


Oscar C. Page, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search

Margaret Plympton, Ed.D.
Principal, AGB Search

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Search Committee


To conduct a thorough, national search for the next Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UHD and to successfully hire a top candidate.

Committee Charge:

The screening committee is charged with conducting the search, evaluating candidates, conducting initial interviews, hosting finalists, and submitting an unranked list of acceptable candidates to the provost. The search committee will be assisted by an executive search firm in this process.





Jon Schwartz


Dean of the College of Public Service

Travis Crone

Associate Professor of Psychology

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Kedrienne Day

Associate Director

Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Relations

Mike Duncan

Professor of English

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Toni Hoang

Associate Professor of Communication

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Tim Klein

Associate Professor of Drama

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Xanquenetta Lewis

Student, Senior

Social Sciences major

Chris Rodney

Executive Director of Financial Affairs

Office of the Provost

Antoinette Wilson

Assistant Professor of Psychology

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

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UHD and the University of Houston System is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, UHD does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs.

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