Dean, College of Design

Provost and Senior Vice President Patrick Phillips has launched an external search for a new Dean of the College of Design. The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the college, which is a dynamic unit with a varied set of academic disciplines. The Office of the Provost is working closely with a University of Oregon search committee and executive search firm WittKieffer to fill the position.

Position Profile

The position profile can be found on the WittKieffer website. A forum was held in early November to gather information before developing the position profile. The profile represents the feedback that came from College of Design stakeholders.

View position profile on WittKieffer website

Application Process

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by February 15, 2020. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. These materials should be sent via email to the University of Oregon’s consultants: Suzanne Teer, Robert Luke, and Jessica Herrington at

Search Committee

The UO search committee is comprised of members who represent a cross section of the college, including faculty, staff, and students. Members include:

Sabrina Madison-Cannon (Chair), Dean of the School of Music and Dance
Colleen Choquette, Senior Instructor I, Art
Keith Eggener, Marion D. Ross Distinguished Professor, Architectural History
Justin Fowler, Assistant Visiting Professor and Director of the Portland Architecture Program
Scott Kelsey, Vice Chair, College of Design Dean’s Council
Kate Liu, Undergraduate student, BFA expected 2020
Alex McCord, Master of Architecture candidate 2020
Kiersten Muenchinger, Associate Professor, Product Design
Alex Notman Cipolle, Writer and Media Relations Specialist
Gerardo Sandoval, Associate Professor, Planning, Public Policy and Management
Deidre Sandvick, Executive Director, Development Programs, University Advancement
Judith Sheine, Professor, Architecture
Rick Silva, Associate Professor, Art
John Weber, Director, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Arturo Zavala, Associate Director of Student Services, College of Design

Search Advocate: Charlotte Moats-Gallagher, Director, Center on Diversity and Community, Division of Equity and Inclusion

Rachel Tischer, Executive Assistant, will provide staff support on behalf of the Office of the Provost.

Additional Information

What is the timeline for the search? 
It is likely that finalist interviews will take place in late winter term or early spring term (2020), with the anticipated start date for the new dean in spring or summer 2020.

Will candidates be known to the public?
Information about the finalists will be posted on this website, and members of the community will have the opportunity to meet them.