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Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Department: Dean-Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Instructional / Teaching Faculty, Other

Job Description

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech is committed to inclusion and increasing diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and education in diversity, inclusion, and equity-related efforts and topics. The Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will be a member of the leadership team of the Office of the Dean, will lead inclusion and diversity initiatives within the college, and help to develop and promote courses that critically analyze identity and equity through the lens of liberal arts and human sciences.

As the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, the selected candidate will work to: (1) develop and sustain diversity, inclusion, and equity programming and training within the college; (2) assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and students; (3) serve as the college’s liaison with Virginia Tech’s Office for Inclusion and Diversity; (4) work with the Diversity Fellow and the Diversity Committee in the college to advance diversity programming, administer diversity grants, and coordinate InclusiveVT activities with departments and schools; (5) collaborate with the college leadership team and departments on refining and monitoring diversity and inclusion goals in recruiting, admissions, experiential learning, and career development; and (6) serve as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented and underserved populations or cultures.

The selected candidate will also be appointed to the rank of assistant or associate professor of practice. Professor of practice faculty are successful and effective professionals in a given field of study with the capability of bringing specialized expertise to instructional programs. Professor of practice faculty are full members of a department, and they are afforded a promotion path through assistant, associate, and professor levels. The selected candidate must be an effective teacher of the profession or discipline who is capable of understanding and evaluating research that applies to their field and teaching it to students. In alignment with duties as the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the successful candidate will teach one course per academic year that contributes to improving critical thinking, reasoning, and awareness of inclusion and diversity, including those approved as part of the University’s Pathways General Education Curriculum. Subject area and content of the courses will be based on the faculty member’s disciplinary training and expertise. 

Required Qualifications

  • M.A. or Ph.D. in any disciplinary area that examines human interactions and societal challenges associated with liberal arts and human sciences.
  • Prior experience developing and delivering diversity, inclusion, and equity programming.
  • Expertise with the development, attainment, and reporting of strategic goals focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Research or industry experience studying or applying diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching highly effective undergraduate courses that enlighten students about the role and importance of identity and equity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination and cooperation amongst individuals, offices, and entities.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a disciplinary area represented within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Experience implementing diversity programming within academia and particularly within disciplines represented within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Prior experience teaching collegiate-level courses in subject areas associated with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
  • Experience working in an office of diversity and inclusion within academia or industry. 
  • Prior involvement with the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented minority (URM) and underserved groups.
  • Previous engagement with advancement officers seeking to secure scholarships and endowments supporting URM and underserved students and faculty.
  • Background in developing relationships and interfacing with state and federal agencies, industries, not-for-profits, and NGOs that hire graduates of liberal arts and human sciences programs.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students from URM and underserved groups.


Review Date

Application review will begin November 11, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Candidates must apply online at Job Number 511528

Application materials should include the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Cover letter expressing a statement of interest in the position;
  • Separate statements regarding interest and personal philosophies associated with (1) inclusion, equity, and diversity; and (2) teaching; and
  • Names, titles, and complete contact information for three references.

An official transcript for highest degree earned is required prior to the start of employment for the selected candidate.

Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Debra Stoudt (, chair of the search committee.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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