Dean of Humanities and Social Science

Hong Kong (HK)
29 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Humanities and Social Science.

The University

Founded in 1991, HKUST is an international research university dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering, business & management, and humanities & social science, and the education of the new generation of front-runners.  With equal emphasis on undergraduate and postgraduate education as well as close collaboration with industry and business, it has a vision of becoming a leading university with significant international impact and strong local commitment.  It also seeks to be recognized as a University of choice for talents attractive to the best global minds, a powerhouse for innovation and entrepreneurship, and a champion of diversity with an inclusive and collaborative community.

Within a short history of 25 years, the University has established a strong presence in the global higher education scene and received a number of international recognitions.  HKUST has been ranked among the top universities in Asia by QS University Rankings.  It ranks 13th worldwide and No.1 in Greater China in the latest Global University Employability Ranking by Times Higher Education. English is the language used in teaching, research and administration.

The School of Humanities and Social Science

The School of Humanities and Social Science (HSS) comprises two divisions - the Division of Humanities and the Division of Social Science.  It has over 70 faculty members with an academic diversity of over fifteen disciplines. The Division of Humanities includes faculty in anthropology, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, music and arts; and the Division of Social Science includes faculty in economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology as well as Science, Technology & Society (STS).

Both Divisions offer undergraduate courses in general education and undergraduate major and minor programs as well as master’s and doctoral degree programs. Current enrollment at the School includes over 220 undergraduates and 230 postgraduates.

Housed under the School is also a Center for Language Education, with a core mission in the delivery of the University’s language enhancement programs in recognition of the increasing importance of language and communication within contemporary university education. The Centre currently has over 80 language teaching staff.

The Role

The Dean of Humanities and Social Science is an executive as well as a faculty appointment, and is a member of the senior administrative team of the University.  The appointee is expected to provide strong and dynamic leadership and vision in effecting the academic objectives of the School and in fostering a collegial culture; play an energetic role in leading the School in its diverse activities including program development, research directions, and academic partnerships and linkages; and further advance the School’s global stature. 

The Candidate

Applicants should be distinguished scholars in humanities or social sciences with demonstrated capability to provide strong leadership in academic administration at tertiary level.  The appointee should have a global vision and a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence in higher education. He/She is expected to bring the School to its next level of excellence.  Familiarity with China and Chinese language will be an advantage.

Terms & Applications/Nominations

Concurrent with a professorial appointment, the appointment as Dean will normally be for an initial term of 5 years which may be renewed for a second term.  Competitive remuneration and generous fringe benefits, including housing where appropriate, will be provided.

HKUST is being represented by Heidrick & Struggles for this search. Applications/nominations, together with a full curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three referees, should be sent to Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

HKUST is committed to diversity in recruitment and equal opportunity employment, and has a range of family-friendly policies in place.

Additional information about the University and the School is available on the websites and respectively.

(Information provided by applicants will be used for recruitment and other employment-related purposes.)

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