Arts & Sciences announces search for next vice dean of research

Arts & Sciences at Washington University has launched an internal search to identify the next vice dean of research.

Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce a search for the next vice dean of research. The position holds a pivotal role in the dean’s leadership team and is a key partner in executing the school’s vision to achieve academic distinction.   

The vice dean position is currently held by William B. Tolman, the William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemistry, who recently announced his intention to take a position as dean of Arts & Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. During his tenure, Tolman partnered with colleagues to help ensure that critical laboratory research could continue during the COVID-19 pandemic; created training opportunities for faculty to enhance grantsmanship; worked to bolster the school's competitiveness for large, collaborative grants by helping faculty identify opportunities for synergistic research; and helped reconfigure the school's grant administration infrastructure to better support researchers.

"Bill has been a great partner throughout the past two years," said Feng Sheng Hu, dean of Arts & Sciences. "He has been a trusted colleague to both faculty scholars and school leadership, and he leaves a tremendous record of accomplishment. The groundwork he laid has helped set Arts & Sciences up for great success in research, scholarship, and creative practice in the coming years." 

The next vice dean of research will build on Tolman's work, further elevating Arts & Sciences as an internationally recognized liberal arts school with a world-class research enterprise. The ideal candidate for the position will be a scholar with a significant record of success in research, scholarship, or creative practice in an Arts & Sciences discipline and a dedicated commitment to bolstering the school's research enterprise. The full position description is available here:

Members of the search committee include:

David Cunningham (committee chair), Chair and Professor of Sociology Andrew Brown, Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Spanish
Rebecca Lester, Professor of Anthropology
Kevin Moeller, Professor of Chemistry Saori Pastore, Assistant Professor of Physics
Jessica Rosenfeld, Associate Professor of English

To apply, candidates should submit a CV and brief cover letter to Sarah Lu England by Friday, May 20, 2022. Nominations are also welcome. Further questions may be directed to any member of the search committee.