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Dean of the College of Food Innovation & Technology

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Categories: Staff/Administration, Calendar Year (12-Month), Academics, Administration


Johnson & Wales University (JWU), a nationally renowned institution for teaching and experiential learning, is accepting applications and nominations for the first dean of its landmark College of Food Innovation & Technology.

COLLEGE OF FOOD INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY: Building on our global success in culinary arts is the creation of a new college devoted to the interdisciplinary study of all areas related to food. At the College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT), students will connect health, technology, business and policies that will shape the future of food by defining its powerful role in people’s lives and its impact on our world.

JWU has evolved from a world leader in culinary and hospitality education to a university that provides students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry-relevant disciplines. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with nearly 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, FL; Denver, CO; and Charlotte, NC.  Johnson & Wales University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

DEAN OF CFIT: The founding dean will provide strategic leadership and overall direction for the college by leveraging JWU’s longstanding reputation and expertise in food. Major responsibilities will emphasize academic excellence, retention and graduation rates, key industry relationships that advance the goals of the college, and the development and execution of a college plan. The incumbent will oversee administrative, operational and budgetary affairs, direct the academic programs, and foster an environment of continuous improvement, innovation and growth.   

The dean must demonstrate a strong commitment to students and their academic success, leading a college where students, faculty and practitioners will explore food systems in their economic, cultural and political contexts and analyze the impact food has on people, industries, and the world. The university seeks a dean who will encourage students and faculty to challenge existing systems, products and processes and to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems and where, through interdisciplinary teaching, applied learning and team-based collaboration, students can become a new generation of leaders in global, food-related practice, study and research.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or other appropriate accreditation as determined by JWU (Doctorate or terminal degree preferred)
  • Significant leadership experience in business or an institution of higher education where innovation is emphasized
  • Ability to create a vision, execute innovation, and promote design thinking with demonstrated experience leading complex projects
  • Fundraising experience preferred

Embracing diversity for a richly inclusive community is a Guiding Principle at Johnson & Wales University.  Our students, faculty and staff have varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that unite us as one community and contribute to our success. 

Johnson & Wales University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.

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