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Dean, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences

Dean, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences

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The University of Texas at Austin

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Austin, United States


Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

14 March 2019

Job description

The University of Texas at Austin invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences effective September 1, 2019.

The Jackson School is one of the largest and most respected geoscience programs in the country. The school ( includes the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Institute for Geophysics. It employs approximately 150 full‐time faculty and research scientists who work together with 100 technical staff members and postdocs to address fundamental questions in geosciences, foster a diverse community of collaboration, and provide world-class education for approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. With an endowment of approximately $450 million and an average annual income of $88 million, the school provides an unprecedented opportunity for its leader to have a major impact on the field of geoscience well into the future.

We seek a visionary leader with proven scientific and administrative skills who will work with the faculty and research scientists to develop the Jackson School to its full potential and who will represent the school effectively to the university administration, to the state and national political leadership, and to the public. At UT Austin, all academic deans report to the Executive Vice President and Provost of the university.

Preferred qualifications include: (1) creative leadership capable of growing synergies within the school and interfacing with other programs within the university; (2) distinguished scholarship with a strong research record and experience in academia, including teaching; (3) administrative and financial experience that demonstrates vision, managerial ability, and communication skills; (4) commitment to balancing academic and research excellence with the diverse missions of the three units within the school; (5) commitment to creating and retaining a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace, and (6) ability to engage alumni and donors and increase philanthropy.

How to apply

Additional information regarding the position can be found at
Applications and nominations should include a curriculum vitae and a list of administrative accomplishments. Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be sent electronically and in confidence to: