The University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) seeks an energetic, experienced, and visionary leader to serve as the next dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) ( The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of GSPIA and reports to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor. The dean is responsible for leading GSPIA in all aspects of its strong research, quality teaching, and service mission, and for fundraising and building internal and external relations to support that mission. In addition, the dean is a member of the University’s Council of Deans.

GSPIA was founded in 1957 to promote the study of national and international public administration and to recognize the growing significance of public policy in a global context. Today, GSPIA is one of the nation’s top schools in public and international affairs, with a diverse community of students from across the country and around the globe. Noted for its academic breadth and scope, GSPIA has a faculty of 28 full-time and four part-time faculty members, as well as a distinguished cadre of adjunct professors with deep professional experience in local, state, federal, and international policy making. This accomplished team of faculty researches and teaches across five master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree (PhD) program within nine distinct majors/areas of concentration to more than 400 students. More than 30 professional staff members and an annual budget of approximately $10.5 million supports the academic mission of GSPIA: to prepare students to make significant contributions to society as future leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector domestically and abroad. GSPIA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), and is an institutional member of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA).

As one of the largest and most comprehensive policy schools, GSPIA offers several graduate degree programs including a Master in Public Administration (MPA), a Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA), a Master of International Development (MID), a Master of Public Policy and Management (for mid-career professionals offered in-person and online), and a PhD in Public and International Affairs. Areas of specialization include: Energy and Environment, Governance and International Public Management, Human Security, International Political Economy, Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society, Policy Research and Analysis, Public and Nonprofit Management, Security and Intelligence Studies, Social Policy, and Urban Affairs and Planning. There are additional dual degree offerings in partnership with other schools within the University of Pittsburgh including, public health, business, computing and information, law, and social work. Along with their degrees, students may also pursue a minor or certificate in Cybersecurity, Policy and Law, or a certificate in the study of a major world region, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, and the European Union. This breadth of academic programs allows students to pursue a wide variety of fields and subfields in international affairs, international development, and public administration.

The next dean will chart a strategic path and vision for GSPIA that takes the school to new and innovative heights as it competes for students, faculty, policy influence, and recognition in a crowded marketplace. The new dean should have the experience, ambition, and entrepreneurial skill to leverage the talents and resources of GSPIA and Pitt more broadly in developing new academic programs and initiatives that respond to domestic and global market demands. The next dean will recruit, retain, and develop the next generation of faculty and leaders in traditional as well as emerging areas to address some of the most complex and challenging issues within the public policy and international affairs fields. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, the dean will be the school’s public face to diverse stakeholders—including alumni, friends, and supporters of the school— and to wider audiences, such as policy makers, scholars, media, business leaders, and other influencers of the major policy issues facing the world today.

More information is at: The University of Pittsburgh has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:
Sean Farrell & Marc St.Hilaire
Isaacson, Miller

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