Tilburg University

Dean Tilburg School of Economics and Management

Tilburg University (TiU) has five schools of which Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TISEM) is the largest. Serving a growing community of 8,000 students, it strives for teaching and research excellence and is a mainstay in the top 10 schools in Europe in the fields of Business and Economics. The School’s mission is to develop and disseminate groundbreaking knowledge in these fields to help understand and advance the changing society.

TISEM has eight departments and employs about 400 academics and scholars. The School offers an international work environment: half of faculty is from non-Dutch origin. TISEM’s ambition is to attract top talents through a strong international research performance and reputation across all its fields. It hosts state-of-the-art research facilities and a strong Graduate School with a track record of excellent PhD placements.
TISEM offers a portfolio of 7 Bachelor programs (4 in English) and 14 Master programs (almost all in English). Four of TISEM’s Bachelor programs and four of TISEM’s Master programs boast highest student evaluations in the Netherlands. The School has secured a number of recruitment partnerships with Philips, Achmea, Unilever, DHL and other companies to offer its students good job perspectives. TISEM also holds a strong partnership with TIAS School for Business and Society, TiU’s school for life-long learning.
TISEM aims for societal impact through cutting-edge research on, inter alia, entrepreneurship, innovation, alleviation of world hunger, market, governance, pensions and ageing, and sustainability. The School stimulates inter-disciplinary research by collaborating with a range of academic, business, and government partners in research centers and networks. TISEM is home to several highly visible institutes, such as Netspar and Zero Hunger Lab, that have become key partners for public, private, and non-profit actors. See for more information on the strategic plan 2022-2027 of the School (Strategy).
Tilburg University
Tilburg University operates in the area of social sciences and humanities. More than 1200 scientists work at the five Schools, focusing on economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and public administration, humanities and digital sciences, and theology. The university has a broadly supported Strategy towards 2027.
Tilburg University has more than 20.000 Bachelor's and (pre-)Master's students from
approximately 100 nationalities and an annual turnover of over €250 million. Over the last years Tilburg University has enjoyed significant growth and a healthy financial position, and has launched a few major innovative initiatives such as the Jheronimus Academy of Data Sciences in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, and the state-of-the art augmented- reality lab.
The university offers an excellent academic environment at a beautiful campus. It values its international reputation in scientific research and education, while remaining anchored in the region. Tilburg University seeks to advance society by deepening its understanding thereof. It offers students knowledge and skills, and aims to shape reflective and independent character in its graduates. At Tilburg University, we respect and take care of each other; we draw strength from our differences. We connect disciplines to find solutions for major issues that society faces.
Tilburg University identified in dialogue with students and employees four values that we want to make central to the way we think and act at our university. They inspire and set standards for the responsible people with character that we educate and wish to be. These core values form the basis for how we treat each other. The values we strive for are: curious, caring, connected and courageous.
Tilburg University has a shared vision on leadership (Connected Leading) in which personal and team development and the further development of leadership is pursued by stimulating dialogue, openness, and transparency. The university's Leadership Team (Executive Board, Deans, Vice-Deans, and Directors) is an important ambassador of the leadership program.
With the Recognition & Rewards program, Tilburg University actively contributes to the joint national initiative to revise the system of recognizing and rewarding academics in such a way that it does justice to the domains of education, research, societal impact, leadership and team spirit.
Governance and Organization
Tilburg University is a so-called 'special university' and comes under the private-law Catholic University of Brabant Foundation (Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant). The Board of Governors functions as a supervisory council and monitors the objectives of the foundation. Administrative duties and powers are largely vested in the Executive Board. Participation is organized through Councils at both central and school level, which include staff and students.
The Executive Board is responsible for the management of the University and currently consists of three members: a Rector Magnificus/President, a Vice-Chair and a Vice-Rector Magnificus.
The primary processes of research, education, and impact are vested within the Schools: Economics & Management; Law; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Digital Sciences; Catholic Theology, and TIAS School for Business and Society. The support of these processes is organized within University Services, which consists of seven Divisions: Academic Services, Executive Services, Facility Services, Finance & Control, Human Resources, Library & IT Services, and Marketing & Communication.
As dean, you exercise the overall leadership of the School and are accountable to the TiU Executive Board. You hold responsibility for the organization of research and educational programs, human resources and financial management of the School. You work in a team existing of a managing director, a vice-dean education and a vice-dean research. As a member of the body of the Executive Board and Deans (OCD), you also contribute to shaping Tilburg University’s policy, strategic plan, and budget.
The dean
  • has an excellent academic track record in research and education in a discipline relevant to the School; s/he is or becomes a professor at Tilburg University;
  • has an international, scientific and administrative network and connects to relevant stakeholders to serve the School and to further develop it;
  • is an experienced leader with excellent social, empathic and intercultural skills who values bottom-up initiatives and whose leadership style features open dialogue, engagement and trust;
  • is able to implement and further develop the School’s strategic plan and to respond alertly and with flexibility to internal and external developments;
  • demonstrates connected leadership, i.e. cares for the School’s staff, faculty, and students;
  • actively promotes the values, we stand for as Tilburg University (curious, connected, caring & courageous) intrinsically advocates the value of inter-, trans- and multi-disciplinary research and values the principles of ‘Open Science’;
  • values highly the core principles of ‘recognition & reward’ (erkennen & waarderen);
  • plays a connecting role in the collaboration with and between the various Schools and the board of the university and is able to give TiSEM a recognizable and respected position;
  • actively seeks to maintain and solidify the School’s position as an eminent European educational and research institution;
  • has excellent communication skills in English and Dutch;
  • ensures connective collaboration through the employee and student participation bodies within the School and University.
Terms of Employment

The position of dean is a full-time position. The position has been assigned a scale 18 of the table of salaries applicable to the Collective Agreement of Dutch Universities. The remuneration includes also a special dean’s bonus. In principle, the dean is appointed for a period of four years, after which her/his professorship can be extended at Tilburg University, with a possibility of renewal for an additional four years.
Hiring Process

Tilburg University encourages applications from female candidates. Interested candidates can apply for the position by sending a letter of motivation (including a recent CV) to vdk@vanderkruijs.com before July 15, 2022. For more information you can also contact Pieter Cortenbach at +31-(0)6-21272091.


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