Dean of Arts

Hong Kong (HK)
30 Nov 2017
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31 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Founded in 1956, the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has been providing holistic and creativity-inspiring education.  The University is highly reputed for its commitment to the humanities and art, and excellence at the cutting-edge of the sciences.  HKBU seeks to become the region’s premier research-led liberal arts university, delivering academic excellence, innovation and social impact.

The University offers robust and diverse undergraduate, research postgraduate and taught postgraduate curricula in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Communication, School of Chinese Medicine, and Academy of Visual Arts.  Students also enjoy a comprehensive international learning programme to broaden their horizons and global outlook.

HKBU’s talented and vibrant community consists of about 7,000 undergraduates, 4,100 postgraduates and 3,800 academic and administrative staff.  Beyond Hong Kong, the University has a joint campus with Beijing Normal University running a unique liberal arts college in Zhuhai, the United International College, as well as research centres in other parts of the Chinese mainland.

The University is now looking for a distinguished, innovative and dynamic scholar to lead the Faculty of Arts, tenable September 2016, or soon thereafter.



The Faculty of Arts currently comprises six departments: Chinese Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Humanities and Creative Writing, Music, Religion and Philosophy, Language Centre; and four research centres: Centre for Applied Ethics, Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage, Centre for Sino-Christian Studies and Centre for Translation.  The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which seek to develop students in the academic, intellectual, spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions.  It now has about 1,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and about 370 academic and administrative staff.


The appointee should be a visionary leader and distinguished scholar who will provide effective leadership to the Faculty, inspire excellence and ensure the highest academic standard in teaching and research, foster strong academic partnerships and collaborations internally and with external organisations in joint projects and/or new initiatives.  He/She should also be responsible for planning and monitoring both financial and human resources in the Faculty.  The appointee will work closely with senior management and other Deans of Faculties/Schools in planning the strategic development and setting the overall direction of the University.  While the Deanship position will demand significant time commitment to administrative duties, it is expected that the appointee will hold a concurrent academic appointment in the Faculty and contribute to teaching, research, and other scholarly activities.

Appointment Terms

The appointment will normally be made on a three-year term, and renewable subject to review and mutual agreement.  Remuneration package includes basic salary on the Professorial range, retirement/gratuity benefits currently at 15% of basic salary, annual leave, medical and dental scheme, and as appropriate, housing assistance and relocation allowance.


Applicants and nominees are invited to send a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, with the names and contact addresses of three referees, by email to the address below on or before 1 June 2016: 

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Review of applications/nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  The University reserves the right not to fill the position or to make an appointment by invitation; and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.  Enquiries about the above position can be directed to the above email or by contacting Ms Michelle Doo, Heidrick & Struggles, Suite 1408, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.