Dean of Social Sciences

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
20 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is looking for a distinguished, innovative and dynamic scholar to lead the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Energised by a new 10-year Strategic Plan and with its ambitious Talent100 recruitment initiative fully under way, HKBU is poised to transform itself from an institution with an established regional presence into one with an international reputation for excellence.  

The University

Founded in 1956, the University seeks to be a leading research-led liberal arts University in Asia for the world delivering academic excellence in a caring, creative and global culture. The University has a student population of around 11,000 and a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes up to the PhD level. Currently, the University has an academic and teaching staff strength of about 1,000. 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. HKBU also has research centres in other parts of China.

Further information about the University can be found on the website at http://www.hkbu.edu.hk.  

The Role

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean oversees and leads the Faculty in delivering its teaching and research initiatives, in nurturing its students, in facilitating interdisciplinary research, and in engagement with local and regional communities. The Dean would be expected to contribute significantly to the University‚Äôs determination to become an institution of global standing.    

The Person

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 standards in teaching and research, foster strong academic partnerships and collaborations internally and with external organizations 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.

He/She should have a proven successful track record of academic leadership in instigating changes and an ability to administer a large academic unit. Excellent organisational, leadership and communication skills are necessary. 

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 schemes and, as appropriate, housing assistance and relocation allowance.

Application/Nomination Procedures:

Interested parties are invited to send their applications, with the names and contact addresses of three referees, to Heidrick & Struggles at Suite 1408 Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, or via hkbusosc@heidrick.com.  Applications should include a cover letter and a detailed resume.

The information provided by applicants will be used solely for the purposes of considering their applications and all personal data provided will be kept confidential. Review of applications/ nominations will begin immediately 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 applicable at the time of offer. 

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