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Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world‐class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.

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Dean of Pennoni Honors College

Apply now Job no: 502926
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Pennoni Honors College

Job Summary

Drexel University seeks an experienced, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as Dean of the Pennoni Honors College. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean will provide visionary leadership to propel Pennoni forward and enhance its visibility and reputation. This is an exceptional opportunity for a creative and collaborative leader to sharpen the vision of the College, while building on Drexel’s position as one of the nation’s leading private, comprehensive research universities with a historical commitment to impactful teaching, research, technological leadership, and community engagement. This is an open search; both internal and external candidates with demonstrated experience as scholars and administrators are welcome to apply.

About Drexel

Drexel’s historical foundation as an institution committed to solving problems in science, industry, business, and the arts, as well as its more recent expansion into the fields of medicine, public health, and law, has established the University as a global leader in research and experiential learning. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel employs over 2,400 faculty members with about 24,000 students. The quality of the student experience is a central, defining value, as is its commitment to incorporating job experience into university education via its unique cooperative education program. Since its founding, Drexel has been committed to preparing its students for a rapidly changing workforce. Drexel is designated as an R1 Doctoral University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (one of only 39 private universities to earn the distinction). Drexel is consistently ranked among the top 100 national research universities in the United States by notable publications such as U. S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and Times Higher Education US College Rankings.

About Pennoni Honors College

One of the crown jewels of Drexel’s undergraduate academic programs is the Pennoni Honors College. The College admits the most motivated, curious, and highest-achieving students with majors from across Drexel University, and offers multidisciplinary, seminar-style courses, and a wide range of activities and programs, not only for the 10% of students admitted to the College, but for all Drexel students. Beyond individual courses and programs, Pennoni serves as a community hub and intellectual incubator for students and faculty interested in optimizing interdisciplinary teaching and learning. It also serves as an important convener for our students, faculty, professional staff, and our partners throughout the community.

Currently, the College encompasses four units that reflect an inclusive culture of unity and excellence. These include Undergraduate Research and Enrichment; Academic Programs; Marketing and Media; and the Center for Civil Discourse. Undergraduate Research and Enrichment includes the STAR program in which selected undergraduates conduct research with faculty during the summer after their first year; the SuperNova Program, where students continue research through to graduation; the Aspire Program to help selected sophomore students gain a better understanding of their goals; and assistance for students to apply for competitive fellowships in the US and abroad, as well as in their quest to continue on to graduate programs.  Each of these units contains robust programs, described on the Pennoni website. https://drexel.edu/pennoni/

The College is housed in a dedicated building on Drexel’s campus (Bentley Hall), with offices, seminar space, and lounge and collaboration space attached to the Honors residence Hall. This unique, welcoming setting allows for inclusive collaboration and community-building.

The Dean’s Role

The duties of the new Dean will include:

  • Building on and maintaining the vibrant intellectual community of Pennoni Honors College.
  • Elevating the College’s reputation and visibility within the University, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Working closely with the University’s other deans to ensure the greatest level of interdisciplinary collaboration and be an inspiring advocate for the College’s unique place in Drexel’s ecosystem. The spirit of such collaborations across campus is essential for supporting the University’s Areas of Excellence and Opportunity (AEOs), as outlined by the University’s Strategic Plan. Other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess a demonstrably strong record of teaching and scholarship, preferably including experiences with interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Come with demonstrated administrative and fundraising success.
  • Be an accomplished, empathetic communicator, both at Drexel and beyond, including in the public sphere.
  • Advocate for equity, diversity of every kind, inclusion, and belonging, consistent with the University’s values.
  • Be a strong leader with a passion for developing and implementing initiatives supporting the University’s academic mission and its central focus on student experience and experiential learning.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate
  • 5 years’ experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess a demonstrably strong record of teaching and scholarship, preferably including experiences with interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Come with demonstrated administrative and fundraising success.
  • Be an accomplished, empathetic communicator, both at Drexel and beyond, including in the public sphere.
  • Advocate for equity, diversity of every kind, inclusion, and belonging, consistent with the University’s values.
  • Be a strong leader with a passion for developing and implementing initiatives supporting the University’s academic mission and its central focus on student experience and experiential learning.

Physical Requirements

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table

Location

  • University City – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as full-time, exempt. Please note that the offered rate for this position can vary based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, department budget, and an internal equity review. We encourage you to explore Drexel's Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies for more details on our compensation framework. You can also find valuable information about our benefits in the Benefits Brochure.  

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. A review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

Interested applicants should visit https://careers.drexel.edu/cw/en-us/job/502926 to submit their applications. Required accompanying materials to upload include: a cover letter that explains the applicant’s interest in the role, describes the applicant’s experience in leading and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in an organization or university unit, and provides background on the applicant’s teaching, administrative, and fundraising experience; and a curriculum vitae.

https://drexel.edu/strategicplan/

https://drexel.edu/strategicplan/shared-values

 

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