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Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Tennessee

Date Posted Aug. 10, 2021
Title Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University University of Tennessee
knoxville, TN, United States
Department Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Administration - Other
    Administration - Executive
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tickle College of Engineering

The University of Tennessee’s Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) invites nominations and applications for the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AD-DEI). The college creates a diverse community by fostering a climate supportive of respect, equity, and broad participation. These efforts support our teaching, research, service, and outreach missions. This is an exciting opportunity to impact the college, campus, and community we serve through contributing in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

About the Position

Reporting directly to the Dean of Engineering, the AD-DEI will serve as a thought leader in developing a support model of diversity, equity and inclusion and engagement at all levels spanning faculty, students, and staff. The AD-DEI is responsible for the overall administration of the college Diversity Action Plan (DAP) and serves as a resource to the college about creating an equitable and inclusive environment for underrepresented populations in engineering for faculty, staff and students addressing DEI issues in realms of research, education, and service. The AD-DEI serves as a key member of the college’s leadership team responsible for collaborating and coordinating efforts with college and university leadership to achieve college objectives and outcomes for DEI in support of college DAP and overall strategic plan.

The AD-DEI will provide strategic, intentional, and visionary leadership to advance the TCE’s diversity goals and for fostering and supporting a campus culture that respects and appreciates individual differences. The AD-DEI will collaborate with offices across the college and university to advance DEI in the college’s research and educational missions, creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff. As a member of the Dean’s leadership team, the AD-DEI will develop and advance DEI strategies for the college and advance the value of DEI as an important core value of the college and university. The AD-DEI will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) on outreach, recruitment and retention matters for underrepresented student populations. AD-DEI will also work with the college leadership such as department heads, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement, and Executive Director of Finance & Administration on faculty & staff recruitment and retention. The AD-DEI will work in concert with Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement, the Provost’s Office, and the Division of Student Life in addition to other campus partners. The Assistant Dean provides direct oversight of the staff in the Office of Diversity Programs.

Job Duties

• Provide leadership in research, design, implementation, and assessment of college wide DEI initiatives
• Provide vision, leadership, management, assessment, and strategic planning for the design, implementation and assessment of a college-wide diversity action plan and overall strategic plan
• Establish and maintain administrative procedures for college regarding DEI engagement in all college operations
• Identify expert speakers and guests, and host events on DEI matters
• Provide leadership to the Engineering Office of Diversity Programs in its goals, assessment, and planning to improve College diversity in all its forms
• Produce future diversity plans, climate surveys, data collection and dashboards
• Serve as a consultant to the executive committee, department heads, and directors to support DEI efforts in their areas
• Act as a liaison between the Dean and college constituents on DEI matters
• Serve as the TCE liaison to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
• Interact with the Engineering Research Office for submission of proposals that support DEI activities
• Interact with the office of Engineering Communication in recruitment, advertising, and outreach to various constituencies of the College
• Supervise and evaluate staff
• Ensure the most effective operations of the office through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments
• Be responsible for creating and managing the department budget and resources
• Build relationships with the university and college development offices and potential donors to secure private funds to support office programs and initiatives
• Participate in task forces, search committees, and policy discussions in University programs that interact with the College
• Meet with parents, students, University unit directors to address issues, complaints, and requests related to DEI matters
• Serve as a college representative in community activities, professional organizations, and relevant university entities, and bring visibility to TCE by attending and taking leadership roles in relevant conferences and forums on DEI matters

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience with programming and outcome assessment and evaluation.
• Significant experience designing and implementing diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement initiatives within higher education or a complex institution or organization.
• Experience with change in organizational development.
• Significant knowledge and experience serving and supporting minority interests.
• Experience supervising and leading professional staff and supporting staff professional development.
• Demonstrated experience in managing budget and fiscal resources.

Preferred Qualifications

• Terminal degree in chosen field of study.
• Faculty experience or knowledge of faculty processes and policies.
• Demonstrated success with infusing diversity, equity and inclusion and engagement practices within a professional setting.
• History of thought leadership as demonstrated through publications, presentations, or other means of communication.
• Experience as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee.
• Experience with strategic planning processes.
• Minimum 7 years of experience developing programs and facilitating training on a wide range of DEI matters.
• Experience managing conflict and building consensus.

Knowledge, Skills Abilities

• Knowledge of higher education operation, in particular engineering college operations and faculty, staff, and student matters.
• Must understand and appreciate engineering and academic culture and processes.
• Evidence of experience collaborating and building strategic partnerships.
• Advanced education/training in diversity-related fields, topics and subjects.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to develop trust with campus and community constituents.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
• Ability to work effectively across the campus both as an organizational leader and valued colleague.
• Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrable ability to lead through influence at all levels of the organization.
• Discretion and good judgment to handle confidential information.

For full consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume and three (3) professional references with the application. For inquiries or nominations, please contact Brooke Swart, Executive Recruiter at

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

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