Dean's Office Reorganization

As we look toward the future and UB’s top 25 ambitions, the College is reorganizing the Dean’s Office structure in an effort to better support departments, programs, centers and institutes and to improve and streamline processes and procedures.

Goals of the reorganization:

  • Emphasize a culture of collaboration and not competition across sectors and among departments
  • Respond to recommendations of the PhD Excellence Committees to reduce investment in the Dean’s Office
  • Create greater capacity for strategic thinking and to approach work proactively rather than reactively
  • Improve service delivery for departments
  • Create more space for the Dean to engage with alumni and donors to raise philanthropic dollars
  • Reduce the duplication effect of the current structure and clarify reporting lines within and outside the structure

New Structure: Faculty Associate Dean Positions

Dean's Office Reorganization chart: Dean > Academic Affairs, Research, Humanities and Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences.

Academic Position Descriptions

We need the College’s most talented faculty to consider serving as sector-based associate deans. Preference will be given to faculty at the rank of full/distinguished professor and those who have significant administrative experience.

To apply, faculty must submit a one-page statement of interest and CV to Heather Bain (, executive assistant to the dean, no later than August 31, 2020

Faculty may nominate colleagues for positions by submitting a brief statement of support for the recommended faculty member to Heather Bain (, no later than ​August 14, 2020

The interview process will begin in September 2020 and associate deans will be in place beginning January 2021. 


  • ​August 14: Nominations for associate dean candidates due 
  • August 31: Applications for associate dean positions due
  • September: Interview process and selection of associate deans
  • January 4: Associate deans begin
  • January 2021-May 2021: Current associate deans and new associate deans work together for transition from current model to new model

Academic Portfolio for Associate Deans by Sector

Arts and Humanities

  • Art
  • Art Galleries 
  • Arts Management
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for the Arts
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Confucius Institute
  • English
  • Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • History
  • Humanities Institute
  • Jewish Thought
  • Media Study
  • Music
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Transnational Studies

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Communicative Disorders and Sciences
  • Geology
  • Math
  • Materials Design and Innovation
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Geography
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary 
  • Sociology