Dean of the Faculty


The Dean of the Faculty is directly responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of University faculty across several academic disciplines at Brown.

As the officer most directly involved in shaping and developing the Brown faculty, the Dean of the Faculty has a significant impact on the University's intellectual life and academic future through hiring decisions, faculty support and strategic initiatives.

The Dean's office oversees departments and programs in the divisions of the Physical and Life Sciences, the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The Dean of Faculty works closely with the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, the Dean of Public Health, and the Dean of the School of Engineering to advance Brown's dual mission of teaching and research.

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty:

  • Supervises and approves all faculty searches and departmental hiring plans in the physical and life sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences;
  • Works with faculty governance committees in these departments and programs on hiring, reappointment, promotion and tenure;
  • Convenes discussion groups of department chairs and faculty on academic issues and initiatives;
  • Serves as the advocate for faculty within the University;
  • And is represented in the President's Cabinet by the membership of the dean.

Leah VanWey