The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is currently seeking an eminent and accomplished leader to serve as its next dean. Learn more.
Invitation to Apply for the Position of
Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (“The Fletcher School”) at Tufts University, among the world’s most distinguished graduate schools of international affairs, seeks an eminent and accomplished leader to serve as Dean. The Fletcher School is based at Tufts University’s main campus in Medford, Massachusetts, and is the United States’ oldest school dedicated solely to graduate studies in international affairs. Its scope and global impact are reflected in a long list of distinguished alumni/alumnae, many of whom have served at the highest levels in government, international and non-governmental organizations, business, and the scholarly professions. The Dean will bring a comprehensive vision to The Fletcher School, one that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and which will thoughtfully lead an institution with an august history and a global mission to produce the next generation of the world’s leaders.
The Fletcher School was founded in 1933 as a graduate school of international affairs offering “…a broad program of professional education in international affairs to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging, and increasingly global society.” Today, Fletcher fulfills its mission through manifold, innovative programs and degree tracks. It is among the most intellectually diverse and heterodox graduate schools of international affairs in the country, with its 45 full-time faculty altogether offering seven master’s degree programs, including the flagship Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and two Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs, to approximately 500 Masters students and 60 PhD candidates from all over the globe. In a world of accelerating change and increasing global interdependence, complexity, and conflict, Fletcher’s ongoing commitment to innovative, policy- and business-relevant programs continues to make it indispensable.
The successful Dean should possess a profound understanding of the mission and meaning of The Fletcher School as an educational enterprise of scholars and students engaged in the interdisciplinary study of international affairs; the importance of developing and stewarding the financial, human, and reputational resources of the School; the role of The Fletcher School in the broader Tufts University community; and the knowledge, capacity, and vision to lead The Fletcher School in expanding and deepening its real-world impact on international affairs. The Dean will engage enthusiastically with a wide variety of audiences internally, externally, and internationally, and will bring credibility through strong academic standing and connections and relations with global policymakers, executives, and thought leaders across many different sectors. Equally important, the Dean will bring thought leadership to the rapidly changing domain of international affairs and The Fletcher School’s role within it.
The Tufts University Provost ad interim, Dr. Deborah Kochevar, is chair of a search committee comprised of faculty, members of the Fletcher Board of Advisors, students, University officials, and administrators. The Fletcher School is assisted in this effort by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence as noted at the end of this document.
Founded in 1852 by Universalists as a small liberal arts college, today Tufts educates approximately 11,500 students, almost equally divided between undergraduate and graduate students, in eight schools—Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Law and Diplomacy, Medicine, Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine—and a College of Civic Life. At the undergraduate level, it is one of the most selective universities in the country, with an acceptance rate below 15 percent for the class of 2022, and whose accepted students’ combined SATs averaged 1467. Tufts provides an intimate learning environment marked by an 8:1 student faculty ratio and has a strong research profile, placing 11th in the Nature Index 2017 Innovation ranking. The graduate and professional schools are similarly distinguished and selective. It is an institution with a strong commitment to both teaching and research and where faculty are known as the quintessential teacher-scholars. It aspires to produce “active citizens” whose impact extends internationally, which is core to Tufts’ identity as a global research university.
Tufts has an operating budget of approximately $1 billion per year, including nearly $193 million in sponsored research funding, and an endowment of $1.86 billion. The University has a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; pragmatic innovation; international engagement; and a track record of multi-disciplinary collaborations in research and education across its different schools. For more information about the University, please visit www.tufts.edu.
Launched publicly in November 2017, Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts is a $1.5-billion comprehensive fundraising campaign that will strategically bolster the Tufts experience and strengthen the University’s international leadership in higher education. The Fletcher School plays a significant role in the Brighter World campaign, having already secured significant contributions on the way to its $120 million goal.
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
The Fletcher School was established in 1933 as a professional training ground for internationalists at a time of isolationism. Over the remainder of the 20th century it earned a reputation as a global center of excellence, and today prides itself as the most multidisciplinary of all schools of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).
Through its diverse degree programs and wide-ranging fields of study encompassing security, development, conflict resolution, environmental policy, human security, international law, business, trade and finance, and gender analysis, the School’s curriculum combines academic rigor with professional training so that students master both theoretical and practical approaches to global problem solving. Fletcher students study in the academic capital of the United States, a vibrant setting that provides unparalleled learning opportunities and synergies with other top tier programs in the Boston area; and the School’s connections around the world enable and encourage a truly global perspective in its students. In the last graduating class, roughly 40 percent of Fletcher students went into the private sector, while 30 percent each went into public service and the civic sector.
In 2015, under the leadership of former Dean James Stavridis, The Fletcher School implemented a new strategic plan, To Know the World, which focused efforts in four key areas:
- Relevance: enhance professional and academic preparation of students as problem solvers, future leaders, and agents of change;
- Reputation: bolster the School’s reputation by increasing research productivity and impact on decision makers;
- Resources: ensure a robust and more diversified revenue stream to support pursuit of the School’s mission; and;
- “Right Stuff”: maintain a sustainable, diverse and high-quality student body across all degree programs.
These overarching and mutually reinforcing objectives continue to guide the School’s evolution and initiatives. In its faculty hiring, its deployment of new technologies to increase its profile and impact, and its allocation of resources to support beneficial new relationships with entities like the Atlantic Council and the Maxwell School, Fletcher’s five-year strategic plan aims to address the challenges of an interconnected world in flux. The new Dean will have significant responsibility to review and refresh the strategic plan as it approaches the five-year mark. For more information about the plan, please visit:
In conjunction with its strategic plan, Fletcher has made progress on core governance, marketing, and communications functions, aimed at modernizing the School in response to a fast-changing world. Many members of Fletcher’s faculty have grown their own media recognition and are frequently featured in national publications and television appearances. In 2014 an Academic Council was constituted and launched to provide a mechanism for stronger faculty governance. Around the same time, Promotion and Tenure guidelines were reviewed and revised. Fletcher’s leadership has partnered with Tufts to effect a significant increase in technology-enabled learning, pedagogical innovation, and connectivity to reach a global audience. In addition, a 2015 social media campaign realized a manifold increase in followers to Fletcher’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube accounts, as well as the creation of a media center allowing Fletcher’s scholar leaders to connect with media organizations in real time on the world’s most pressing issues.
Another valuable asset of the Fletcher School is its alumni network whose loyalty and concern for Fletcher provide resources, connections, and ideas for the School's students, faculty, and administration. Fletcher graduates stay connected to the School and to each other, and the continuing involvement of Fletcher alumni provides introductions and jobs for students, connections between faculty and practitioners around the globe, and other financial and human resources for the School.
Research and Scholarship
The Fletcher faculty comprise a diverse set of scholars, unified in their endeavor to expand knowledge in their various fields of study. High-quality scholarly publications by Fletcher’s faculty strongly enhance the School’s world-wide reputation. Providing an environment in which scholarship can thrive contributes to both its faculty’s professional success and to the School’s ability to attract first-rate scholars to join Fletcher. Faculty research also contributes directly to teaching at the School, as the faculty strives to provide cutting-edge training to Fletcher’s students. The Fletcher School values research contributions in a wide array of individual fields, as well as encourages interdisciplinary research collaboration.
The Fletcher School generates original research, analysis, and commentary on current matters of international affairs that are widely disseminated through conferences, speeches, and publications. Students participate fully in these activities and often implement initiatives to address issues in relevant, tangible ways. Fletcher’s internationally respected faculty are at the forefront of international affairs theory and practice, and can be found advising world leaders, editing and guiding the most respected journals in the fields, and advancing the understanding of international issues. Faculty have made particularly notable contributions to the fields of international law, foreign policy, and international organizations; security and conflict resolution; international economic relations and management; and environmental policy and economic development; as well as pioneering the study of gender analysis in international affairs. The next Dean should continue to promote faculty research and scholarly impact as essential elements of Fletcher’s success.
A particularly important approach to promoting collaborative research, coordinating research funding initiatives, and disseminating research output both through publications and conferences has been the creation of research centers at Fletcher. The School currently houses 12 such centers, bringing together faculty and students from across Fletcher and all of Tufts University in pursuit of their shared policy interests. Prominent centers include The Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, the World Peace Foundation, the Institute for Business in the Global Context, and the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, among others.
The School enrolls approximately 300 Masters-level, residential students of whom 40% are non-U.S. students from over 70 nations, and slightly more than half (51%) are women. The Fletcher School offers seven master's degree programs, all designed for students pursuing international professional careers, PhDs in international affairs, and economics and public policy. The Fletcher School also offers two new, shared masters programs—the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) with the Friedman School of Nutrition, and the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Relations (MATA) with the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
The oldest and largest of its programs is the flagship Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), a two-year program enrolling some 190 students per class. The MALD program has an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to give its students a broad, integrated expertise in international affairs, while incorporating both functional and regional concentrations, and which culminates in a focused capstone project for all MALD students. Graduates of the program have gone on to distinguished careers in government, business, the military, and the non-profit sectors.
Since 2008, Fletcher has offered a two-year Master in International Business (MIB) program. The MIB degree was developed to provide students with an integrated, interdisciplinary global business degree that would combine the core skills of an MBA with Fletcher's distinctive strength in international affairs. The MIB two-year degree program, which enrolls 30 to 35 students annually, is a hybrid of international business and international affairs, and is designed to teach international management skills within the context of: international politics; history and diplomacy; international law and organization; international economics; and, language and area studies. The MIB addresses the growing complexity of business leadership in a global web of institutions and issues that dramatically affect businesses and governments at every level.
Fletcher offers a nine-month residential Master of Arts (MA) program in international affairs for mid-career professionals from governments, international organizations, and private institutions. The MA program enrolls approximately 15 students per class, each of whom has substantial professional experience.
Fletcher is unique among APSIA schools in offering a one-year LL.M. in International Law that leverages the expertise of its law faculty and its rich international law curriculum. Students complement their legal studies with courses in Fletcher’s international affairs curriculum, leading to a uniquely interdisciplinary LL.M. degree. Among other activities, the program hosts “High Table” lecture-luncheons with noted international lawyers, as well as an end-of-year retreat for students and faculty. Students come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds, ranging from the U.S. Navy JAG Corps program to foreign ministries to NGOs. Graduates from the program, which enrolls 18-20 students per year, often go on to legal roles at international organizations, government ministries, and multinational law firms.
In 2000, Fletcher launched another innovative cross-disciplinary program for mid-career professionals, the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), which combines online learning with three, two-week intensive residencies. GMAP enrolls students with a minimum of eight years of professional experience. Integrating innovative technologies with in-person residencies fosters a culture of teamwork and collaboration among the 35-40 students in the class. Continuing its tradition of academic and programmatic innovation, in 2018 Fletcher approved a new Masters in Global Business Administration (GBA), a blended degree program undertaken in partnership with 2U, which will open in May of 2019.
The School also offers two problem-driven, interdisciplinary doctoral programs. Students engage in significant fieldwork grounded in rigorous methods and supported by a comprehensive theoretical framework to address pressing policy issues. Approximately 60 students, many of whom are non-resident, are enrolled in the doctoral program at any one time. Fletcher also provides a joint PhD in Economics and Public Policy with the Tufts Department of Economics, which aims at producing scholars who address issues associated with economic development and energy demand, and the environmental and climate consequences of growth.
The Fletcher School also offers customized executive education in the fields of international politics, geopolitics, international business, and security. The Office of Executive Education works with Fletcher's distinguished faculty and alumni in addition to its various research programs and centers (including the Institute for Business in the Global Context, the International Security Studies Program, the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy) to develop customized programs for a variety of professionals. These programs are designed for senior managers, corporate boards, country and regional managers, corporate risk officers, and government agencies at the state, national, and international levels.
Opportunities and Challenges for the Dean of The Fletcher School
Ensure Fletcher’s relevance and reputation through continuous academic and programmatic innovation
The Fletcher School of today operates in a vastly different context from that of 85 years ago, both in terms of the academic and scholarly environment and in the real world. Competing schools and programs have emerged across the country, in some cases at strong public institutions whose tuition costs and discount rates contend with Fletcher’s. Internationally, the past decade has seen the emergence of strong graduate international affairs programs developed by leading European and Asian academies, and which are offered at little to no cost. At home and abroad, economic and political shifts have strained Fletcher’s ability to recruit and support a robust international student population, whose valuable perspectives are key to Fletcher’s intellectual ecosystem and standing among its peers.
The Dean will address these challenges forthrightly. S/he will need a solid understanding of the forces affecting higher education, and particularly schools of international affairs, so as to be able to envision creative solutions and new revenue streams. The Dean will need to be a thought partner with Fletcher’s outstanding faculty, administrators, and University leadership in envisioning new programs, refining or eliminating existing ones, and engaging prospective students in new and effective ways.
Raise the profile, reputation, goodwill, financial resources, and human capital for Fletcher's academic mission and global engagement
The Fletcher School Dean's principal challenge is enhancing Fletcher's goodwill, financial resources, and human capital in ways that improve the ability of the School to achieve its academic mission and continue its critical engagement with the broader world. The Dean will not be able to meet the other challenges without fulfilling these fundamental needs.
The Dean is expected to bring creativity, ingenuity, and an entrepreneurial spirit to leading large-scale fundraising efforts for the School and working effectively and efficiently within established revenue streams. Given the challenges of recruiting and supporting an international student population, the Dean must organically grow funding for scholarships and academic and residential infrastructure. S/he will work directly with international partners, alumni, Friends of Fletcher, and a deeply engaged Board of Advisors to continue, expand, and execute on an integrated fundraising effort aligned with the goals of the “Brighter World” campaign.
Engage with the faculty to renew and reinforce the mission of Fletcher as scholarly enterprise of excellence and impact
At its core, Fletcher is an academic enterprise committed to research, teaching, mentoring, and service, instructing students, creating new knowledge, and applying that knowledge in the service of society. Fletcher’s new Dean must have the capacity, interest, and resolve to support Fletcher's academic mission. In this regard, championing Fletcher’s scholarship and finding ways to assist and encourage faculty research and publications, while continuing to teach at the highest levels, are vital if Fletcher is to retain its top faculty. The Dean will promote and support scholarship across the School, in ways both financial and philosophical, to ensure that a culture of scholarly pursuit pervades the institution. S/he must lead from the front, to ensure that faculty needs are met, that student research is supported materially, and that Fletcher’s impact on the disciplines is recognized widely. One of the Dean's critical challenges is to guard against intellectual stasis in the academy. Meeting that challenge will require engagement and collaboration with the faculty in an intense and supportive way.
Promote and enrich diversity within Fletcher’s student, staff, and faculty populations
The Dean will foster a culture of diversity and inclusion within the School and will champion initiatives to address the realities of gender imbalances and racial diversity within its representative disciplines. Fletcher has made recent efforts aimed specifically at increasing female faculty representation and launched and has supported the Gender Analysis program. Racial diversity is also a challenge in the international affairs disciplines, and the Dean will develop and deploy strategies for aggressive recruitment of underrepresented minorities into the School in the next years to enrich its academic and scholarly life. The Dean will continue the expansion of current efforts to build diversity, by recruiting thoughtfully, focusing actively on retention of women and minorities, and by fostering a culture in which all faculty, students, and staff are valued and supported.
Support and advocate for Fletcher’s human and material resources within the larger Tufts University community
Fletcher’s efficient operations and effective resource management are key to achieving its academic mission, supporting its renowned faculty, ensuring student success, and affecting broad international impact. The Dean must engage the human and technical resources of the School to better support this mission, as well as create synergies with Tufts University and its component Schools and Colleges—some of which have strong existing connections with Fletcher. Maintaining healthy relations between Fletcher and the University presents further opportunities for beneficial collaboration. The Dean must be an advocate for Fletcher within Tufts and at the same time be an engaged collaborator amongst other University administrators and senior leaders.
Experience and Qualifications
As The Fletcher School's Dean, Tufts University seeks an exceptional leader who is passionate about the Fletcher mission, committed to its standards of excellence, and farsighted and optimistic about its future potential. The University is open to considering candidates from all parts of the world and from a variety of backgrounds, including leadership in the academic, private, professional, military, nonprofit, and government sectors. The position calls for vision, breadth, and sound judgment; proven intellectual leadership skills; respect and recognition internationally; an enthusiasm for and experience with fund raising; demonstrated financial and staff management experience; an understanding of the mission of an academic enterprise; and a collaborative leadership style that can motivate all participants within a mission-driven culture.
No single candidate will possess all of the ideal qualifications, but the University seeks a Dean who has a track record of experience and the personal talent to lead and build an exceptional School within a great University. The following qualifications are of particular interest:
- Commitment to Fletcher's values and its mission to connect teaching, research, practice, and public service to address important global issues;
- Significant, successful experience in the key disciplines represented at Fletcher as a scholar, practitioner, or both; for example:
- An accomplished scholar, with a Ph.D. or an equivalent, relevant terminal degree, with academic achievement and experience that qualifies for the rank of professor;
- An accomplished practitioner with a record of innovative, global leadership at the senior executive level in the public or private sector;
- Demonstrated knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing higher education today, and in particular, graduate schools of international affairs;
- Demonstrated fund-raising experience with foundations, government agencies, and private sector or individual donors, both in the U.S. and abroad;
- A deep commitment to, and fluency in the language of, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a track record of success in promoting and sustaining it institutionally;
- Multi-national, multi-disciplinary, and multi-cultural exposure and experience; fluency in multiple languages;
- A leadership style that is both inclusive and decisive;
- Facility with new technologies and a diverse array of media and outreach strategies;
- Superior written and oral communication skills, and a compelling public presence across diverse media and audiences;
Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a resume, cover letter and list of references should be sent in confidence to:
Tim McFeeley or Vijay Saraswat
Isaacson Miller, Inc.
1300 19th Street, suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036
Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Tufts University: The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CYBERSECURITY POLICY
Location: Medford, MA
Closes: December 14, 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern Standard time)
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, established in 1933 as the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, Tufts University, seeks applications for a tenure-track position in cybersecurity policy beginning in September 2019. The Fletcher School is actively building a program in cybersecurity and policy in conjunction with the Tufts School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science. Our hire will be a scholar in the areas of international relations, security studies, public policy, information science, or international law with expertise in cybersecurity policy. Scholars of engineering combined with public policy or other fields, such as economics or business, with expertise in both cybersecurity and policy or international politics are also of interest.
The Fletcher School’s faculty is multi-disciplinary with a focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders with a global perspective. The School undertakes research and prepares masters and doctoral students to use the latest political, business, economic, and legal thinking, among others, to generate pragmatic policies or make executive decisions that will successfully shape global events. We seek a candidate who will thrive in working in this interdisciplinary area and who will be happy to teach both Fletcher masters students in international studies as well as a combination of Fletcher masters students and undergraduates in political science, IR, and computer science.
Responsibilities will include maintaining an active research program with promise of research excellence, teaching at the masters level, and graduate-level advising, as well as contributing to various faculty service responsibilities at The Fletcher School and its intellectual community.
The Fletcher School fosters a community that embraces and celebrates a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives, including those defined by age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical abilities/qualities, country of origin, religion, culture, socio-economic status, and political views. The School strives to ensure that the Fletcher community is representative, follows best practices and creates a climate of inclusion. Members of underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.
A Ph.D. in political science, international relations, public policy, or information science, or a JD is preferred, but candidates with PhDs in related fields, so long as their expertise lies in cybersecurity policy, are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-2 writing samples, research plan (maximum 3 pages), statement of teaching experience and classes interested in teaching and/or developing (maximum 2 pages), and 3 letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/57317.
As an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer
, Tufts University actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Tufts will not discriminate in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement
Tufts University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.