Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies Dean Search

Following the announcement that Kathleen Blee will step down from the role, the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for a Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies. All interested parties are invited to review the information below.

Position Specification and Application Procedure

Please see the Position Specification for an explanation of the opportunity.

The University of Pittsburgh is working with Russell Reynolds Associates on this search and invites inquiries, nominations, and applications. Interested candidates should confidentially submit a curriculum vitae and letter of interest addressing the areas for impact and qualifications described in the Position Specification (Adobe PDF files preferred) to

For fullest consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible and preferably by January 16, 2023.

Search Committee:

Joseph J. McCarthy (Chair)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Derek Dressler
Vice President of Governance, Student Government Board

Alexandra Finley
Assistant Professor of History

Jean Grace
Teaching Professor of English

Jessica Hatherill
Executive Director, Undergraduate Studies and the College of General Studies

Monte Labash
President, College of General Studies, Student Government Board

Marlee Myers
Partner, Morgan Lewis; Trustee, University of Pittsburgh; Board of Visitors member, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Marta Ortega-Llebaria
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics

Michele Reid-Vazquez
Associate Professor of Africana Studies; Director, Center for Ethnic Studies Research

Lacey Rzodkiewicz 
Graduate Student

Kevin Michael Smith
Teaching Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies – Broadcast

Peter Wipf
Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry

Jonathan Woon
Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Initial Input

At the beginning of the search, the search committee held open forum meetings to allow members of the community an opportunity to share input regarding the next Dean and also received feedback via a community survey. The committee appreciates the community’s input.