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Dean of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU) is searching for a dean.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE: Watts College seeks to create a better society together in the spirit of ASU’s charter: measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve. 

Watts College is organized around four top-quality schools, including three of the most highly rated in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report: the School of Community Resources and Development, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (No. 2), the School of Public Affairs (No. 13) and the School of Social Work (No. 25). All schools share a common goal of training leaders in public service through degree programs such as public policy, social work, criminology and criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, emergency management, community development and more. We are preparing a workforce to take on and solve complex issues in our communities. Through service-based learning, our students put ideas into action now.

Through more than 20 research centers and 15 other academic research units, faculty, students and community partners work collaboratively on a broad spectrum of social innovation. Research at Watts is use-inspired, integrating the theoretical and the applied approaches to solve complex issues of urban living and governance: ranging from child welfare to neighborhood safety, city management to human trafficking, water scarcity to tourism development and beyond. Among the top three colleges at ASU for external funding, Watts is deeply embedded in the community, forging partnerships to take on projects that have local, national and international impact.

Headquartered in Downtown Phoenix, the Watts College faculty and students are close to the partners that we serve. Together, we bring creativity, systems-level thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to our mission of creating, sustaining and promoting dynamic, prosperous communities. Watts’ programs and classes are available in person on the Downtown Phoenix, West, Poly, Tucson, Lake Havasu, Yuma and Hainan University (China) campuses as well as online. Watts also offers hybrid programs at the ASU centers in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is home to more than 7,400 students and ASU’s most diverse student body, with the highest percentages of minority, transfer and working students—and the largest community of first-generation college students. Among our students are nearly 300 veterans and international students from 59 countries. Watts is committed to fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging for students, staff and faculty and to translating the College aspirations of equity, community, justice, participation, and potential into action.

DUTIES: Reporting directly to the Executive Vice President and University Provost, the dean will provide academic and administrative leadership for the college, representing it inside and outside the University. The dean must be committed to working with the provost, the other deans and university leaders, and the faculty to achieve university academic goals for excellence in research and learning, and to further goals for inclusion and impact. Responsibilities include budget, planning, development, personnel decisions, student academic affairs, faculty development, promotion of research, and planning and implementation of degree programs.



  • Current appointment as a full Professor with tenure in an academic unit at ASU.
  • Excellent record in one’s own teaching, scholarship and service.


  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to translate ASU’s charter and the College aspirations of equity, community, justice, participation, and potential into action.
  • Successful experience in administrative leadership including sound fiscal management and personnel supervision.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance academic excellence of schools and programs, building on accomplishments and developing strategic opportunities for the future.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing dynamic student experiences in and out of the classroom (online, in person, and hybrid) that lead to success beyond the classroom and graduation.
  • Strong commitment to supporting faculty research excellence and the college’s contributions to public value.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing linkages to raise funds and good will in the community for the college and its diverse programs.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially for building community among faculty and staff and advocating for the college at the university level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university’s and college’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion and ability to foster an atmosphere of belonging for students, staff and faculty.
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to maintain and advance the college’s commitment to social embeddedness and engagement with the broader community.

This is an internal search at Arizona State University. Applications will only be accepted from current ASU professors at the rank of full professor and must include a curriculum vitae and a letter highlighting important qualifications and the basis of interest in the position. APPLICATION MATERIALS WILL BE HELD IN CONFIDENCE. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

To review and apply to this position, please visit Application deadline is Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and reviewed on a weekly cycle as necessary until the position is filled. The preferred start date for this position is January 3, 2022. The salary is competitive.

Nominations of potential candidates and any questions regarding the process should be directed to Shelby Hartle ( who is assisting search committee chair Deborah Helitzer, Dean of the College of Health Solutions.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See

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