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Dean of the School of Information, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

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Job Description

Pratt Institute invites expressions of interest for the Dean of the School of Information. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the School, which offers graduate study within five Masters programs: Library and Information Science, Museums and Digital Culture, Information Experience Design, Data Analytics and Visualization, and Library Media Specialist. The Dean will lead the School into its next chapter, working collaboratively with the faculty and staff to achieve its vision of empowering people to improve lives and communities through information, knowledge, and culture. The School of Information is distinguished in the information field through its mission, which is in part to lead the information field, through teaching and research, in making connections with the arts, culture, and technology.

The Dean will possess the academic and administrative experience to garner the respect of the faculty and to lead the School in realizing its articulated vision. S/he should be an accomplished scholar as well as experienced with academic administration, including strategic and systematic planning, leading accreditation efforts, program and school evaluation, experience operating within a shared governance framework, financial administration, personnel management and development. An earned doctorate is required.

The School of Information traces its roots to the earliest days of Pratt Institute. Industrialist and philanthropist Charles Pratt--founder of Pratt Institute--created a series of libraries that were available not only to Institute students and faculty but also to the Brooklyn public. A program in library training was created in 1890 to respond to the need for trained librarians to serve in these new libraries, making Pratt's Library and Information Science program that oldest in North America. The program continues to this day and is one of six programs that have been accredited by the American Library Association since the 1924/1925 academic year. In 2002 the school relocated from Pratt's Brooklyn campus to the Pratt Manhattan Center in the Chelsea/West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The school has undergone several name changes in its long history, and the most recent in 2015, which established it as the "School of Information" or SI.

SI is proud to be one of the six schools of Pratt Institute, a preeminent college of art, design and architecture, and aims to foster programs consonant with Pratt's vision and mission. With a historic campus in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Institute serves 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students annually from 47 states and 70 countries. Devoted to a creative learning community, Pratt recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches, and experiences. We aspire to continue to grow as a place that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute to and be part of Pratt culture. For further information, please visit our website at

Planning and Evaluation

  • Lead data-driven school planning efforts, including strategic planning and systematic planning, and ensure planning efforts address stakeholder needs.
  • Engage in program and school evaluation; lead efforts in making improvements stemming from such evaluative activities.
  • Chair SI's Faculty Council, the School's primary shared governance body.
  • Practice transparency and openness in communications and decisions with stakeholders.


  • Engage in development activities in cooperation with Institutional Advancement.

Academic Leadership and Service

  • Work with faculty and School Curriculum Committee to develop high-quality academic programs and up-to-date curriculum for all programs.
  • Lead the development of a strong and diverse faculty, overseeing hiring, recruitment, development and promotion activities in accordance with the faculty union contract.
  • Lead the development of the course schedule and assign faculty to teach course sections.
  • Teach 0-1 courses per semester and participate in scholarly research activity.
  • Engage in service at various levels (Institute, school, professional community and community service).


  • Lead the recruitment and admission of a strong and diverse student body, in collaboration with office of admissions and enrollment.
  • Manage student concerns or issues in accordance with Institute policies and procedures.


  • Act as chief academic and administrative officer for SI and all its constituent programs, providing strategic direction that leads the school into its next chapter.
  • Lead, manage and evaluate administrative staff (currently 2 FT staff).
  • Appoint, evaluate and collaborate with degree-program coordinators to ensure best-in-class academic programs.
  • Oversee all School budgets and ensure proper financial stewardship.
  • Be responsible for all school communications, include web and print content.
  • Lead efforts to enhance SI facilities.


  • Lead accreditation efforts of the MSLIS program, and participate in other key Institute accreditation efforts.


Education: Earned doctorate in a relevant field from an accredited institution required.
Experience: Must be an accomplished scholar and have significant experience with academic administration.

Leadership and Management

  • Demonstrated leadership capacity accompanied by inspiration, collegiality, sound judgement and discretion.
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish strategic organizational direction; to develop organizational plans, policies and priorities; and to assess progress toward achievement of those priorities.
  • Ability to effectively use managerial principles and practices, including strategic planning and continuous quality improvement.


  • Demonstrated advocacy skills, including the ability to articulate school values and priorities for a range of audiences.
  • Evidence of superior interpersonal and communication skills that reflect clarity of expression and effectiveness in working with diverse groups in a complex organizational setting.

Faculty and Higher Education Context

  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships and partnerships with faculty, staff, and academic leadership; to build strong relationships with faculty; and to mentor them.
  • Understanding of higher education and of the evolving role of Schools of Information in that context.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to lead the School in implementing higher education academic accreditation and assessment standards and procedures.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the information field and to scholarly inquiry
  • Champion diversity and inclusion efforts and work toward developing a culturally responsive learning environment. Skill in addressing student needs and concerns.

Development and Partnerships

  • Ability to raise external funds for research, teaching and learning.
  • Affinity for, and ability to develop partnerships with, NYC institutions and beyond (local, national, and global) for enhancing research, teaching and learning.

Pratt Context

  • Affinity for Pratt's place in higher education, and especially among schools of art, design, and architecture, along with the ability to align development of the School with that of the Institute as a whole.


SALARY is commensurate with education and experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae via the apply. Consideration of candidates to begin December 1st, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Job Location: New York, New York, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

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