Dean, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Indiana University
  • Location
    Bloomington, Indiana
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 14

Position description

As of spring 2023, HLS enrolls 788 undergraduates, 112 graduate students, and 89 doctoral students. Students come from all 50 states, 150 countries, and 26% of students in the School identify as underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities. The School boasts a 7:1 student-teacher ratio. The curriculum is distinguished by its interdisciplinary nature and emphasizes the acquisition of regional and global literacy, multidisciplinary exposure to area studies and international issues, critical reading and analytical writing skills, and academic as well as practical preparation for careers in international fields and professions. The undergraduate program is geared towards connecting academic education in global affairs, language training, and skill development.

At the graduate level, master’s programs teach a comparative view of the world’s regions, cultures, and languages. All programs require study or competency in a foreign language, and the courses concentrate on the interaction of international, economic, political, and cultural processes with states and societies around the world. The programs are interdisciplinary, and the curriculum is intended to help students approach how to relate it to an increasingly interdependent world.


Hamilton Lugar is home to 110 exceptional full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure eligible faculty members, whose educational backgrounds represent a broad cross-section of the social sciences and humanities. Seventy-five percent of faculty have tenure homes in the School, with approximately a quarter holding joint appointments with other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and other units at IU.

The faculty are committed to providing an excellent educational experience for students, engaging in cutting-edge research of direct benefit to the community at large, and serving the University, their profession, and the public. Many faculty members are leaders within their field, serving as officers in professional organizations, journal editors, and heads of Program Committees at a range of key conferences, and have received prestigious awards, fellowships, and internal and external recognition for their scholarship, teaching, and activism.



The Dean, reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President at IU Bloomington, serves as the chief strategic, academic, and administrative officer for the School. This individual is responsible for defining the School’s direction and priorities at the highest level; overseeing its growth and development; managing personnel, budget, and policy; and shaping the experience for faculty, students, and staff.

Direct reports to the Dean include an executive associate dean and a senior assistant dean for curricular and undergraduate affairs, as well as the faculty/staff directors of the various departments and centers. The Dean leads an administrative staff focused on advancement, career and alumni services, computing services, human resources, finance and administration, marketing and communications, and student support.

The Dean also works with the Dean’s Advisory Council. This body advises the Dean on strategic goals, problems, and opportunities and assists with philanthropic and other outreach activities.

Key opportunities for the incoming Dean include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the School’s next strategic plan, focusing on the mission and vision of HLS and its future growth as it enters its second decade.
  • Enhancing academic and research excellence, including by recruiting and retaining strong and accomplished faculty members.
  • Ensuring student academic success and professional preparation through an innovative curriculum.
  • Deepening the School’s organizational strength and cohesion.
  • Growing financial resources, including in partnership with the IU Foundation, to expand opportunities for students and faculty while making strategic and operating investments for HLS’s future.
  • Strengthening the School’s external position and influence in the fields of international affairs and language and area studies.

Basic Qualifications

For the Hamilton Lugar School Dean, Indiana University seeks an exceptional leader who is passionate about the HLS mission, committed to its standards of excellence, and prescient and optimistic about its future potential. The University is open to considering candidates from all parts of the world who may have been shaped by a variety of experiences, including leadership in the academic, private, professional, military, nonprofit, and government sectors.

A terminal degree in, or related to, HLS’s areas of study is strongly preferred. Candidates should have a record of successful scholarship, a demonstrable record of engagement in higher education, or other leadership experiences that would qualify them to hold a tenured faculty position at IU.

While no one person will likely embody all the professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities desirable in this role, the successful candidate will bring many of the following:

- A deep commitment to the Hamilton Lugar School’s academic values and educational mission
- A highly successful track record as a strategic leader, with excellent capabilities in building on organizational strengths, forging organizational unity, and delivering exceptional results

- A leadership style that is adaptable and inclusive, built upon mutual respect, communication, collaboration, and fairness
- Thought leadership on global challenges and opportunities

- Demonstrated knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing higher education today

- Fundraising experience and enthusiasm for building relationships with external stakeholders for the benefit of the School.

- Financial acumen and proven abilities in budgetary and financial management

- An entrepreneurial and creative spirit

- A reputation for integrity, transparency, accountability, and enthusiasm

- Interpersonal skills that enable effective relationships with all stakeholders, including other University leaders, alumni, advisory boards, professional officials, and leaders in the fields of higher education and international affairs

- A proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

- Superior written and oral communication skills

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