Dean of Undergraduate Education

Dr. Jessica Murphy, Associate Professor of Literary Studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, has been appointed as our next Dean of Undergraduate Education effective September 1, 2017. Read More

About the Search

The Dean has a primary leadership role in the University for ensuring the quality and effective functioning of undergraduate education. The Dean works closely with academic Deans and the Associate Deans for Undergraduate Education of the eight UT Dallas schools, together with faculties, and in cooperation with the Committee on Educational Policy and the Faculty Senate, on academic policies and procedures. The Dean is responsible for the Undergraduate Catalog. The Dean is the principal representative of the Provost in the many activities in which Academic Affairs and Student Affairs collaborate on projects to advance student welfare and a vibrant campus life.

Read full position description and desired qualifications


Search Committee

Chair, Dr. Dennis Kratz
School of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Theresa Towner
School of Arts and Humanities

Dr. Karen Huxtable-Jester
Senior Lecturer III
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Dr. James Harrington
Assistant Professor
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Dr. Paul Diehl
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Dr. Mohammad Saquib
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Matthew Polze
Senior Lecturer III
Naveen Jindal School of Management

Dr. Rebecca Files
Associate Professor
Naveen Jindal School of Management

Dr. Jason Slinker
Associate Professor
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

xtine burrough
Associate Professor
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Dr. John Sibert
Associate Professor
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Robert Hart
Clinical Associate Professor
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science



April 25
Position posted on UTD website.

June 19
Position removed from posting and no longer accepting applications.

June 21
Search committee received required training and discussed application review process.

June 30
Search committee met to review candidate profiles.

Search committee performed initial interviews on selected candidates.

July 31 - August 4
Campus interviews for finalist were conducted.

August 22
Dr. Jessica Murphy was announced as the new Dean of Undergraduate Education and Research.


Search Process and Protocol

  1. Diversity and Inclusion

    The University of Texas at Dallas values the great variety of intellectual and cultural perspectives that contribute to our success in research and education. We strongly believe that our future depends heavily on our ability to embrace diversity and leverage the strength of inclusion.

    The University prohibits unlawful discrimination against a person because of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity. The University's commitment to equal opportunity extends its nondiscrimination protections to gender expression.

  2. Confidentiality

    The Hiring Manager and Search Chair are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are secure. All applicant materials and committee deliberations are confidential and may only be shared with those directly involved in the employment process.

    UTD respects the level of confidentiality expected by our candidates. Therefore, names of candidates will not be posted on the website.

  3. Accommodation Request

    If you require an accommodation in the application process, please contact the designated search firm consultant.

    If you will require an accommodation for an on-campus interview, please contact [email protected] to discuss necessary arrangements.

  4. Search Committee Charge

    The Hiring Manager is responsible for the employment decision and for providing guidance and support to the designated Search Chair throughout the entire employment process. The Hiring Manager must explain to the search committee its duties as outlined in the Recruitment Plan.

    In charging a search committee, the Hiring Manager should define expectations for the search by detailing the position’s minimum and preferred qualifications, advertising and outreach sources, and developing selection criteria to include an assessment of the candidate’s qualifications for working within a diverse environment. This charge should include the hiring manager’s overall vision for the position and the skills/knowledge a successful person in this position will possess. This is the opportunity for the hiring manager to make clear to the search committee exactly what the priorities are for the role and give the search committee a clear and consistent framework by which to evaluate the applicants. It is also a good time to review any placement goals for the particular positon type to be filed or for the general unit/department in which the position will be housed.