Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Apr 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019
Full Time
"Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

George Mason University (Mason), Virginia's largest public research institution, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Dean will need to be an entrepreneurial, visionary leader to propel the School forward and continue its number one ranking in the field according to George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University

Mason is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with close geographical access to the U.S. government, international organizations and major corporations across a myriad of industries. Mason enrolls 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries on four campuses: a 677-acre campus in Fairfax, Virginia; a professional campus in Arlington, Virginia; a science and technology campus in Prince William County, Virginia; and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. Mason was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and became an independent institution in 1972. With 1,800 faculty, Mason offers 81 undergraduate degrees, 85 master's degrees and 39 doctoral degrees across ten schools and colleges.

Mason is ranked 14th in U.S. News and World Report's list of the most innovative national universities. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education includes Mason among institutions in the "Highest Research Activity" (R1) category, and U.S. News and World Report ranks Mason among the top 150 research universities in the United States. In recent years, two members of the Mason faculty have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Mason prides itself on being an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to making the world more prosperous, free and just. As a public research university in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, Mason accepts its responsibility of service to help its students succeed, to enrich the life of its community, and to contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time. As reflected in its 2014-2024 Strategic Plan, Mason strives to be the best university for the world - to produce the types of graduates, research, scholarship and service-oriented action that will best serve society. Mason's innovative and entrepreneurial attitude and its culture of diversity and accessibility have served the university well over the past four decades. These characteristics - referred to as the Mason IDEA - highlight how the university defines itself and are central to its strategic plan. For more information about the Mason IDEA, go to:

Over 50% of Mason students are ethnic minorities, and they graduate at the same rate as other classmates, despite a significant national disparity in minority graduation rates. Over 36% of the university's undergraduates are first generation college students. In December 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a strategic partnership between Mason and Inova Health System (INOVA), the largest health system in Northern Virginia, to conduct translational research and share resources for the benefit of patients, the community, and the region. This collaboration will advance INOVA's personalized health vision, and is expected to lead to new patient cures and treatments for a variety of diseases, and to new diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers and devices. This partnership establishes Northern Virginia as an epicenter for personalized medicine, attracting the best researchers and experts from around the country.

Mason is nearing the conclusion of a ten-year, $500 million comprehensive campaign that has raised $605 million-exceeding our goal by over $100 million. The Faster, Farther campaign supports students through scholarships and fellowships, faculty through endowed chairs and faculty development funds, physical infrastructure through new buildings and renovations of existing facilities, and demonstrates a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship through the funding of the sorts of big ideas that can change the world. Faster, Farther describes the ethos of Mason and each of its academic units as epitomized by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution is committed to the development of theory, research and practice that interrupt cycles of violence. Having established the world's first M.S. program in conflict resolution in 1981, S-CAR is home to degree programs at the B.A./B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Certificate levels, has a dual degree program with the University of Malta's Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, and an undergraduate degree program in Incheon, South Korea. With four vibrant centers and multiple projects and programs, and the Point of View International Retreat and Research Center dedicated to peacebuilding, S-CAR faculty and students are engaged in significant research and practice worldwide; nationally; and locally, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. S-CAR is a Commonwealth Center for Excellence, recognized for its leadership in the field and its world-renowned faculty. For more information about the School, go to:

Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Reporting to S. David Wu, the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean will provide visionary leadership to sustain the School's high ranking in the field and to advance its national and international reputation. The Dean's primary objective is to provide intellectual and innovative leadership to the School (faculty, administrators, staff and students) in all aspects of operation, including academic affairs, administration and planning, student recruitment and career placement, enrollment management and financial aid, financial management, and institutional advancement. The overarching challenge for this role is to think strategically and creatively in an increasingly competitive environment with shifting funding opportunities.

Key Priorities: * Provide visionary and intellectual leadership to develop and strengthen innovative programs and to advance the School's reputation; * Promote excellence in research, scholarship, and practice with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary agenda; * Develop the financial resources of the School, especially through fundraising and external relations; * Strengthen the research and practice infrastructure towards enhanced productivity; * Recruit and retain the best faculty, enhance their career development, and empower them to participate in governance; * Promote collaboration with other Mason schools and colleges; and * Enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff and students.

Specific Responsibilities:

Executive Leadership * Establish a vision to ensure that the School maintains and elevates its academic and professional leadership in the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution towards excellence on regional, national, and international levels; * Provide leadership in establishing the School's strategic objectives, and develop and manage all resources essential to the achievement of these objectives; and * Work with faculty, academic leadership, and University leadership in pursuit of broader institutional goals. Academic Leadership * Support, enhance and promote faculty research productivity, teaching excellence and practice; * Enhance multidisciplinary environment for diverse practice and research agenda; * Recruit and retain top faculty who will further the School's research, scholarship, practice, and academic mission towards excellence and enhance the diversity of the School and University; * Evaluate faculty for appointment, tenure and promotion; and * Enhance the student experience by fostering excellence in innovative teaching and engagement with conflict actors. Fundraising and External Relations * Cultivate and solicit individual donors, foundations and corporations; * Lead the development and implementation of strategies to build strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, partners and collaborators; * Articulate and advocate the School's vision to external constituencies; and * Represent the School through active participation at external events. Financial Management * Ensure a strong financial future for the School; * Manage the financial resources of the School through an effective annual operating budget and long-term financial plan; and * Oversee school-wide resource acquisition and utilization.

Professional Qualifications:

Visionary Leadership * Established record of intellectual, collaborative and forward-looking leadership based on a demonstrated record of achievement in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and/or Peace Studies; * Advanced standing in the field and a strong record of scholarship, publications and /or advanced practice; * Demonstrated success at leading programs and/or organizations, and extensive experience of working with diverse international and national institutions; * Capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, ability to translate goals and vision into concrete action to persuade a wide range of stakeholders of its value and to engage others in its implementation; * Ability to recruit outstanding new faculty as well as retain the School's strongest faculty; and * Ability to motivate and inspire others to strive continuously for academic excellence. Appreciation of Academic Mission * Extensive administrative and management experience; * Genuine commitment to the teaching, research and practice; * Deep understanding of the critical importance of knowledge production and scholarship, as well as the importance of providing students with the highest quality educational experience; and * Must understand and value the importance of a diverse student body. Financial Management Experience * Distinguished record of operational leadership on a high level of academic institutions demonstrating excellence, growth and financial effectiveness; and * Demonstrated experience in fiscal management. Fundraising Ability * Strong ability and record of engaging in fundraising with experience in soliciting philanthropic support from individuals, foundations and corporations. Personal Qualities * Highest standards of personal and academic integrity, and ethical and professional conduct; * Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with a focus on openness and transparency; * Experience working within a multidisciplinary environment; * Innovative and creative problem-solver with a willingness to take risks; * Entrepreneurial drive; * Ability to foster a collegial and respectful work and educational environment; and * Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and fostering a culture of inclusivity. Academic Qualifications: * Record of scholarship befitting the leader of a distinguished School of a major university; * Evidence of excellent conflict management and resolution skills, and an intellectual vision for the field; and * Candidates from academia will have credentials for appointment at Associate or Full Professor level, including a terminal degree and a record of success in research. Degree requirements for candidates from outside academia are more flexible. More importantly, such candidates must have strong professional experience with national and/or international stature, and must understand the academic enterprise.

Nomination and Application Process: Review of applications will begin November 23rd and continue until the position is filled. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Human Resources at 703-993-4686 or

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Requests for information, written nominations, and confidential inquiries should be directed in confidence, to Mark Rozell at"

"For full consideration, interested candidates must apply for position number FA217Z at ; complete and submit confidentially the online application; and upload a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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