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Dean, School of Sciences and Humanities
Nazarbayev University

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2021
Title Dean, School of Sciences and Humanities
University Nazarbayev University
Nur-Sultan, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Department Kazakhstan
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Humanities - General

Job duties and responsibilities:
The employee will be based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Post Title: Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH)
Reports to: Provost of Nazarbayev University

Main Purpose of the Role
The Dean is the principal officer of SSH and is responsible for the strategic leadership and executive management of the School.

The Dean will be eligible to hold the rank of Full Professor in an appropriate discipline and have an international record of scholarship. Having a global view, open-mindedness, proven experience in cooperation with other disciplines and other Deans are essential elements for success in this role

The strategic partner for SSH is the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who have helped the School over the past ten years to clarify excellence in research, teaching and administration.

Unique strategic strengths within the School lie within the broad area of Eurasian Studies, from a cross-disciplinary perspective, as well as specific areas within the natural sciences. A Center in Eurasian Studies is being planned, incorporating Education, Business and Policy.

Responsible for: All Nazarbayev University School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH) staff and faculty. The Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs), the Vice-Dean (Research), the Director of Studies, the Chief Administrative Officer and the Dean’s Personal Assistant are direct reports. The Chief Administrative Officer also reports to the Executive Vice President on financial and budget matters.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Clarify Vision and Strategy

  • Clarify, communicate and implement the School’s strategic direction through the Strategic Plan.
  • Actively support program and institutional accreditation and/or evaluation, consistent with University policy.
  • Establish and maintain an appropriately constituted industry or professional advisory group.
  • Contribute to University committees and activities and communicate University policies to the School.
  • Work with the relevant departments and Chief Administrative Officer to oversee the School’s financial resources according to University policies, relevant legislation and the strategic direction of the School.
  • To oversee annual budget-setting for the School, in consultation with the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • To ensure that all School committees are constituted and operate regularly at appropriate times during the academic year.
  • Develop and continuously review student recruitment targets, consistent with University policy.
  • Collaborate with other Schools, Research Centres and units on curriculum, research and teaching to ensure efficient use of University resources.
  • Encourage appropriate applications for graduate study and career opportunities for the School’s graduates.

Lead People

  • Reward faculty and staff who uphold the strategy of the School.
  • Ensure a fair, safe and harassment-free work and study environment in accordance with NU policies.
  • Continuously review plans for the staffing needs of the School.
  • Recruit high quality faculty who can contribute to the University’s international research and academic impact.
  • Ensure faculty receive regular reviews of performance in accordance with University policy, and that action plans for continuous improvement are implemented.
  • Be responsible for faculty promotion.
  • Conduct regular staff/faculty satisfaction surveys and communicate results and action plans to the School.
  • Uphold the values of the university, including academic integrity, as stated in NU Learning and Teaching Strategy and other university policies.
  • To co-ordinate, mentor, develop and appraise direct reports.

Foster a Research Culture

  • Define and communicate the School’s research strategy.
  • Develop own research interests, in consultation with the Provost.
  • Promote research integrity, ensuring that all School faculty and staff uphold research ethics when planning, conducting, and reporting research and scholarly activities.
  • Lead the School’s national and international external relationships.

Consistent with university policy, encourage technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual properties developed by faculty and students.

Integrate Research and Teaching

  • Uphold the University Learning and Teaching Strategy.
  • Oversee the quality enhancement of courses and programs using the NU Quality Framework.
  • Collaborate with other Schools to optimise teaching and learning resources, including sharing of courses and sharing faculty resources, as appropriate.
  • Ensure that student feedback on courses and programs is communicated to faculty, and that action plans are developed and implemented.

The Dean will also undertake any other duties and responsibilities required for the success of the School, in consultation with the Provost.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and, as duties and responsibilities develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the Dean.

Nazarbayev University (NU) is seeking to appoint a Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The candidate will have the opportunity to build on a strong international reputation for research, teaching and impact.

Additional Information
Established in 2010, Nazarbayev University is the flagship research-intensive academic institution for Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region. Kazakhstan is linked to Asia and Europe and has a mission to develop a knowledge economy, based on strong and robust institutions, including Nazarbayev University.
NU is an autonomous English language university with a mandate for world class research. International faculty from 60 countries and international students from 30 countries create a strong and ambitious scholarly community, willing to take leadership roles.
The University offers doctoral, masters and bachelor’s programs to over 6,100 students in Sciences and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering and Digital Sciences, Medicine, Mining and Geosciences and Public Policy.
The University hosts the most advanced scientific research laboratories in the region, with over 70 laboratories and a data centre.
Over its first ten years of operation, the University built a range of close strategic partnerships with top-ranked international universities including: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University of Pittsburgh, Duke University (Fuqua School of Business), National University of Singapore (Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy), University of Pennsylvania (Graduate School of Education), Colorado School of Mines and University College London.
Graduates from Nazarbayev University are routinely accepted to masters and doctoral programs, on full scholarships, to leading international universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, University of Cambridge (Faculty of Education), University of Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, Humboldt and London School of Economics.
President Shigeo Katsu, formerly World Bank Regional Manager for Central Asia and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida, formerly Provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are leading the University into its second decade, with a renewed focus on building an international reputation for research.
The incoming Dean will have the opportunity to accelerate recent growth in research, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, research integrated teaching, student research and working with local and regional universities.

The School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH) was founded in 2019 following a reorganization of the School for Humanities and Social Sciences and the natural sciences that previously were part of the School of Science and Technology. This prepares the School for program and institutional accreditation and aligns with the core undergraduate curriculum.

The School provides majors to undergraduate students in two degree types and ten majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in: Anthropology; Economics; History; Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures; Political Science and International Relations; and Sociology.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in: Biological Science; Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics.
  • SSH offers two types of Masters degrees across seven areas:
    o Master of Arts (MA) in: Economics; Eurasian Studies; and Political Science and International Relations.
    o Master of Science (MSc) in: Biological Sciences and Technologies; Chemistry; Applied Mathematics; and Physics.
  • The School offers PhD degrees in four areas: Life Science; Eurasian Studies; Mathematics; Physics.

The School provides a broad education emphasizing problem-solving and transferable skills and offers courses required for all undergraduate students.

Faculty are research-active and their research as an orientation to knowledge features prominently in all School activities.

In addition to degree-granting programs, the School hosts the NU Writing Center, which serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff across NU. The School also hosts a unique Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies.

The current SSH student body is comprised of around 2000 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. Of the undergraduates, 400 are in their fourth year, 450 in their third, 550 in the second year and 570 in the first year.

Currently, SSH has 197 faculty members. From the Postdoctoral scholar rank and above, all faculty possess a Ph.D. Approximately 24% (10% Full Professor and 14% Associate Professor) of the faculty holds a rank of Associate Professor or higher.

The School is sensitive to gender balance in the faculty and considers it important to create opportunities for female faculty in senior and leadership positions. The overall proportion of faculty by gender is 44% female to 56% male.

There is also considerable diversity among faculty members, who come from thirty-two different countries.

The successful candidate will have a multi-year renewable contract, no mandatory retirement age, a competitive compensation and benefits package, including accommodation, health care (including for dependents) and two flights home per year for the candidate and dependents. School age children are eligible for subsidised school fees. The campus has a Montessori school for younger children, and several English language international schools are available in the city. International candidates have a ten percent flat taxation rate.

For a further information, please contact Beibit Askaruly, General Manager of the School of Sciences and Humanities:

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