Dean of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs

The University of Notre Dame seeks a strategic and collaborative intellectual leader to serve as the next Dean of the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs.

Founded in 2014, the Keough School plays a pivotally important role for Notre Dame. The University’s purpose is to be a force for good in the world. To that end, Keough School faculty, staff, and students pursue understanding of, and solutions to, some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including poverty, war, disease, political oppression, democratic erosion, environmental degradation, and other threats to human dignity. Keough’s eight institutes and one center are bound together by the School’s mission: to advance integral human development, a concept drawn from Catholic social thought which promotes the flourishing of every person and the whole person, so that all people can reach their full potential. This mission encompasses both fundamental research and policy applications.

In its founding decade, the School has established a strong record of success. It offers a Master of Global Affairs—a two-year professional degree—and a newly-established undergraduate major in global affairs, as well as doctoral programs jointly sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and relevant departments within Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Jenkins and Nanovic Halls, a pair of conjoined buildings, opened their doors in 2018 and house the Keough School.

The Keough School recently issued its Strategic Plan 2030. The plan calls for extending Keough’s reputation as a mission-driven global public policy school drawing on the strengths of its eight institutes and one center; growing and maturing the School’s programs and co-curricular offerings; and sustaining and expanding research, public policy, and practice partnerships, as well as increased external engagement.

The Dean will join Notre Dame and lead the Keough School at a propitious moment, made all the more so by the release of the University’s Strategic Framework 2033, which sets forth ambitious goals for global reach and impact. Against this backdrop, Notre Dame seeks a Dean who will elevate the impact of the School and champion its distinctive identity; consolidate and expand its achievements; develop effective intellectual and programmatic connections across the University and beyond; ensure the organizational health of the School; and attract the social, political, and financial resources to advance the School’s work.

A search committee has been formed, and Isaacson, Miller, a global executive search firm, has been retained to support the search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically and in confidence to:

Anita Tien and Sean Farrell, Partners

Jonathan Sanchez, Associate

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