Jun 28, 2022

Dean, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Full-Time Management

Job Description


Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies

Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana


To change the world, first you need to understand it.


Indiana University (IU) seeks an eminent and accomplished leader to serve as the next Dean of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS, Hamilton Lugar, or the School). HLS is a unique, multidisciplinary school, steeped in a renowned scholarly heritage coupled with an orientation toward national and international engagement, whose scope ranges across languages and cultures, arts and sciences, and international studies focusing on diplomacy and statecraft. It is internationally recognized for advancing the understanding of, and deep engagement in, world issues both current and historical. At the same time, HLS embodies a deep commitment to cultural and linguistic understanding in keeping with the highest traditions of one of the nation’s most outstanding, transformative public research universities. Hamilton Lugar is dedicated to preparing students holistically to become engaged global citizens and drivers of positive social change, and to conduct research and disseminate knowledge to inform public discussions on global issues. The School in its 10th year is well established and has laid a strong foundation for the next leader to further the School’s impact. Working in collaboration with an exceptional faculty, staff, and student body, the Dean will take Hamilton Lugar to new levels of excellence and impact and continue to bring Indiana to the world and the world to Indiana.


Indiana University Bloomington (IU) is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and is the Research I, flagship campus of Indiana University. With over 34,000 undergraduate students and more than 11,000 students in graduate and professional programs, the campus has 16 degree-granting colleges and schools comprising over 550 degree-granting academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels. It ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities and is renowned for its academic and scholarly traditions of excellence across the natural and physical sciences, liberal arts, fine and performing arts, and social sciences, among many other areas of specialization. Hamilton Lugar, formed in 2012 as an independent school within the College of Arts and Sciences (the College), promotes an academic vision of global engagement, bringing the university’s scholarly renown in languages and area studies to bear on major international challenges. HLS is the fifth largest international affairs school in the U.S. by total enrollment and provides language instruction in more than 70 different languages, the most offered at any university in the nation. The School is home to 125 faculty and 42 staff and has an annual operating budget of $17.1 million. HLS has four academic departments—three celebrated and long standing area studies departments: Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), East Asian Languages and Cultures  (EALC); and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC). International Studies (INTL), is the fourth and newest department created during the School’s foundation. HLS is known as a nexus of cross-pollinating activity, with partners across IU and externally. IU and HLS together oversee 11 Title VI National Resource Centers, the most of any university in the nation, many of which provide prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to more than 80 students yearly. And since its inception, HLS has hosted the prestigious, non-partisan America’s Role in the World Conference, which has brought speakers such as the late Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power, and Dan Coats, among many others, to Bloomington to engage with other participants and with HLS’s talented students.


The Dean, reporting directly to the Provost, will join the HLS community at a critical moment for the nation and the world. The totality of HLS’s strengths—historic and future—are necessary now more than ever to the understanding and shaping of world events. The Dean will be an expansive and inclusive thinker committed to upholding the highest academic standards while engaging with HLS’s impressive advisory board, external networks, IU Global, the Washington, D.C. community of thinkers, and other experts nationally and internationally. The Dean will be both an inspiring leader and adroit manager of resources, both human and material, with an eye to building enduring strength across the centers and departments of the School. The Dean will continue to nurture strong partnerships with other schools and colleges across IU, such as the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs; the Kelley School of Business; the Maurer School of Law; and others. The Dean will bring thought leadership to the rapidly changing field of international affairs and the Hamilton Lugar School’s role within it and serve as part of the institutional leadership team.


A Ph.D. in, or related to, HLS’s areas of study is strongly preferred. Candidates should have a record of successful scholarship, engagement with students, and other experiences that would qualify them to hold a tenured faculty position in an R1 university.


Indiana University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with the search. Applications received by September 30, 2022, will be given full consideration. However, the search will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  All confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications (including—as separate documents—a cover letter, resume, and list of references) should be directed in confidence to Gale Merseth, Vijay Saraswat, and Stephanie Simon online via www.imsearch.com/8550.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.






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