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Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Please complete a staff application and upload a cover letter, vitae and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Please also include a document listing the names and contact information for three current professional references as "Other Document 1." Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You cannot change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.

Staff Posting Details

Position Information

Requisition Number P00398
Position Type Management
Department Office of Provost/VP for Academic Affairs Staff
Working Title Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Classification Strategic Leadership 230 - Dean - D230

Position Summary Information

Nature of position Permanent, Full-time
If Temporary, Start Date
If Temporary, End Date
If part-time, hours per week
If part-time, percent time
Days Worked Monday to Fridays, weekends
Hours/Shift worked 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, evenings
Union Management

Posting Detail Information

Job Summary/Basic Function

The Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as the chief academic officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, providing vision, leadership and advocacy for the College, its programs, faculty and staff in the departments of:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Art & Design
  • Communication & Theatre
  • Economics
  • English
  • Foreign Languages
  • Government & Political Affairs
  • History
  • Management & Marketing
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology/Anthropology
Anticipated start date: July 2018. Salary is competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Required Qualifications
  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible academic administrative experience.
  • A record of scholarship, teaching and service in higher education appropriate to appointment within the Millersville University faculty at the rank of full professor.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    - Provide vision, leadership, and advocacy for the University and for the College, its programs, faculty and staff.
    - Lead effectively in a team-oriented, collective bargaining environment of shared governance.
    - Assume a university-wide perspective.
  • Demonstrated commitment to:
    - The vision and mission of a liberal arts education.
    - Diversity and equity, and support for programs and activities that promote them.
  • Demonstrated success in:
    - Strategic planning.
    - Providing leadership in the design and development of new academic programs and policies.
    - Grant writing in support of programmatic development.
    - Managing employees and budgets in a university setting.
  • Experience with the accreditation process (institutional, general education or specialized programs), assessment of program outcomes and evaluation of teaching effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of:
    - Critical issues in higher education.
    - Retention initiatives.
  • Demonstrated support for civic and community engagement programs and projects.
  • Innovative, visionary leadership skills.
  • Excellent organizational, management, problem-solving skills and ability to set priorities.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with experience representing a college to donors, alumni, other academic institutions and accrediting bodies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with academic and community leaders to develop collaborative initiatives and ensure vitality in current partnerships and programs.
  • Ability to delegate assignments and promote development of faculty leaders.
  • Successful interview, campus presentation, and three background checks: Criminal Background Check (Act 34); Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151); and FBI Federal Criminal History-Fingerprinting (Act 114).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Administrative experience in a public university setting.
  • Administrative experience in a collective bargaining setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teacher education, business administration and graduate programs.
Job Description

1. Serve as the chief academic officer for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Manage in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Lead and coordinate strategic planning for the college and academic units to meet University and PASSHE goals and objectives.
2. Work with faculty to develop innovative academic courses and programs for the disciplines represented in the college’s 12 departments and five interdisciplinary programs, as well as ROTC/Military Science, the Eckert Gallery, and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, through the College Council and with the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Integrating these courses into academic programs consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the University,
3. Lead program accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation within the college.
4. Promote high quality teaching, scholarship, and service in the college. Identify and implement best practices to promote teaching and learning.
5. Coordinate student-centered course schedule development to meet the needs of students within existing budgetary parameters.
6. Foster interdisciplinary contacts and programs with other colleges of the University and within the State System of Higher Education.
7. Foster civic engagement through service-learning and community-based research initiatives and services to regional educational and community agencies.
8. Lead and oversee college-based revenue-enhancement efforts, including fund-raising and contract activities, and promote and support faculty/staff grant-writing activities.
9. Manage the fiscal resources of the college and ensure departments are fiscally responsible. Review and analyze resource implications for new programs and course offerings within the college, and advocate for the college’s human and material resource needs, including maintenance and replacement of facilities and equipment.
10. Build an inclusive community and monitoring affirmative action guidelines within the college. Promote diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention of faculty and students, curricular offerings and special programming.
11. Coordinate the planning for new facilities and buildings, purchase new equipment, and schedule courses in consultation with appropriate University offices, department chairpersons and faculty in the college. Coordinate long-range facilities master planning with the Offices of the Provost, Finance and Administration, Advancement and others.
12. Supervise completion of five-year departmental program reviews, annual reports, and annual outcomes assessment plans.
13. Chair the College Council, an assembly of department chairpersons who advise the Dean, and supervising professional and support staff.
14. Mediate disputes between chairpersons and faculty, between individual faculty members, and between faculty and students when such disputes cannot be resolved at the departmental level.
15. Supervise graduation requirements for students majoring in departments within the college and provide final approval for candidates whose degree audits are incomplete.
16. Serve on the Deans’ Council, rendering counsel to the Provost and supporting academic initiatives.
17. Communicate effectively and openly and work collaboratively with internal and external constituencies. Serve as liaison to the community through advisory boards, relationships with alumni, and collaborative programs.
18. Encourage and foster visual and performing arts programs to provide quality arts experiences for both campus and community. Coordinate special events such as lectures, exhibitions, recitals and performances through advance planning, budgeting, public relations and evaluation.
19. Work with chairs, faculty and the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Planning to revise documentation, collect data, and improve programs through outcomes assessment.
20. Advocate for the use of technology in both face-to-face and distance learning programs and classes to promote access, convenience and effective teaching and learning. Recommend short-term and long-term technology resource needs.
21. Comply with all applicable federal and state laws and State System of Higher Education policies and guidelines.
22. Assume other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Essential Functions
Posting Open Date 08/15/2017
Full Consideration Date 10/31/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete a staff application and upload a cover letter, vitae and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Please also include a document listing the names and contact information for three current professional references as “Other Document 1.”

Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You cannot change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.

Quicklink for Posting/Requisition http://jobs.millersville.edu/postings/4592

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts 1
  4. Other Document 1
Optional Documents
  1. DD 214
  2. Unofficial Transcripts 2
  3. Unofficial Transcripts 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how your education and experience have prepared you for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Talk about how you have built consensus and shared vision among departments or groups that have competing interests and perspectives.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe how you believe student learning outcomes data should be used to achieve continuous improvement.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other