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Associate Dean of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY,US

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications seeks an Associate Dean of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility, who will envision, strategize, advocate, lead, implement, and oversee the school’s IDEA efforts. This work will include developing an IDEA vision for the school; strategic and resource planning and reporting; developing and documenting IDEA policies and practice; prioritizing efforts targeting the recruitment and retention of staff, faculty, and students; and the expanding and deepening of discussions about diversity, inclusion, and related issues in the community and in the curriculum.

As an IDEA thought leader, subject matter expert and change agent, this role will help advance our efforts to cultivate an environment where everyone (faculty, staff, students, alumni, visitors) feels valued, has a sense of belonging, and is treated equitably. Careful measurements of IDEA efforts, their impact, and communication of these metrics to various stakeholders will also be a critical aspect of the role.

The new Associate Dean will bring high-level strategic thinking, broad institutional perspective, and positive energy to this key role in the Dean’s office. They also will bring many of the following skills, experiences, and attributes to their work:

Subject matter expertise and record of advancing inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility, including but not limited to academic research, community leadership, or public service;
The ability to conceptualize strategic initiatives and then lead their day-to-day implementation and ongoing assessment;
A nuanced understanding of the issues across all aspects of diversity, not limited to but including race, gender, identity, orientation, religion, ability, socioeconomics, and nationality;
The ability to build relationships of trust and shared purpose across a wide range of stakeholders including faculty, students, staff, administrators, and industry partners;
A strong sense of how to approach complex conversations and interactions with diplomacy, insight, and emotional intelligence;
Well-developed conflict resolution skills and the ability to respond with equanimity to crisis and highly sensitive situations;
Exceptionally strong communication skills, particularly in the areas of writing and public speaking;
An understanding of and commitment to the mission, vision, and institutional priorities of Syracuse University.

The ideal candidate will have a professional and/or scholarly record commensurate with an appointment as a faculty member (Associate Professor, Professor, or Professor of Practice) within a department in the Newhouse School and teach 1-2 courses per year. This is a 12-month appointment with a negotiable start date.

A master’s degree is preferred.

Job Specific Qualifications
The successful candidate will and have deep experience with inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility strategies and best practices in higher education or industry related to the Newhouse School.

In addition to teaching, this hire will:

Lead IDEA strategic planning and plan implementation, serving as the focal point for all IDEA- related initiatives, including identifying and building new initiatives that demonstrate the school’s commitment to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment and to fostering a sense of belonging among all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.
Collaborate with relevant offices to assist in school and university-wide efforts to recruit diverse faculty, staff, and students, helping to create a conducive environment to retain a diverse campus community through work on search committees and in the creation of programming for new faculty and in talent development.
Serve as an advocate and mentor for faculty, staff, and students, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Collaborate with chairs and dean’s leadership team to create faculty development programs focused on creating and assessing diverse classrooms.
Demonstrate substantial experience and judgment in intergroup or interpersonal relationships, abilities that will be used to bridge acute differences of understanding that involve members of the community, including faculty, staff, and students and that may include collaborating with trained campus mediators for planned initiatives or leading school efforts to address breaking events or issues.
Represent the Newhouse School on University IDEA committees and councils.
Stay abreast of current IDEA trends and benchmarks in industry and higher education.
Identify and bring to campus an annual roster of engaging and diverse industry leaders, thinkers, and scholars for speaking events, panel events, and workshops designed to educate and inform the Newhouse community.
Support, mentor, and create programming for marginalized students, included but not limited to international students, students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure that student retention efforts are adequately supported, ongoing, and successful.
Partner with relevant university officers to address issues of accessibility of campus buildings, facilities, and grounds.
Work with the dean’s cabinet members to ensure that equity efforts are included in all school initiatives and provide support to those seeking to deploy equity strategies and anti-racist initiatives.
Lead and/or contribute to campus-wide discussions relevant to equity such as town halls, affinity spaces, and safe spaces to address contemporary national issues.
Work with the dean to develop measurements to determine the success and effectiveness of IDEA initiatives, work.


Physical Requirements


Application Instructions
Please attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae to your online application. In addition, applicants should email a cover letter and curriculum vitae emailed to
For a full position description, more information about the School, its facilities, and IDEA efforts, please review see the position description here:

Questions and/or nominations can be directed to Susan VanGilder, Managing Director, Storbeck Search at
Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by November 30, 2021. The Search Committee will continue to consider applications after that date. This position is open until filled.

About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans
Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community
Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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