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University of South Carolina Upstate
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science  
  Posted Friday, June 19, 2020

The University of South Carolina Upstate is seeking a visionary, innovative, enthusiastic, and student-centered leader to serve as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The candidate should possess a record of academic administrative and teaching excellence, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and inclusive decision-making. The ideal candidate must successfully engage and work well with various stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, fellow administrators, and community members – in building a vision for the College that emphasizes academic excellence. The College currently has 11 majors, 29 minors, and 1 certificate program.

Key duties include:

•Recruiting, developing, and managing an outstanding faculty;

•Identifying and building academic programs for 21st century undergraduate and graduate students;

•Identifying and crafting strategies for student recruitment and retention;

•Identifying and cultivating community engagement opportunities;

•Managing the College’s social media presence;

•Overseeing the development of all academic programs within the College;

•Creating an inclusive, team-oriented environment among faculty and staff;

•Managing a large budget.

The ideal candidate must be demonstrate experience as both a team member and team leader, should understand the importance of both budget and personnel management, have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, promote and encourage critical thinking, be able to attract external funding, create and strengthen ties with the community, and possess strong communication skills.

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is a comprehensive public university, a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system, and is among the fastest growing universities in the state. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked USC Upstate No.1 among Top Public Regional Colleges in the South. USC Upstate has also been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. In addition, student and faculty from over 25 nations reflect the university’s international character. Located between Charlotte and Atlanta along the I-85 corridor, one of the fastest growing business and high-tech regions in the country, the campus is within easy driving distance to the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The University has an enrollment of approximately 6,300 students and employs approximately 650 full and part-time faculty and staff, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. USC Upstate is proud of the diversity of its student body, many of whom are first-generation students. We are an EOE/AA employer and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for the faculty, staff, and administrators. We week a leader committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity at USC Upstate. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Education and Experience: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution, a clear record of distinguished teaching and scholarship, and qualify as a full professor in one of the College’s disciplines. In addition, candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience at the Department or Division Head, or Center Director level or above, as well as a proven record of faculty supervision. A successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have a combined five years of experience at the Department or Division Head, or Center Director level or above.

Applicant Instructions: Review of applications will begin on August 24, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Submissions must be complete for consideration. For a complete job description and to apply, go to: 

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


Dr. Chris Bender, Chair, Search Committee
USC Upstate
Spartanburg SC
Phone: (864) 503-5755

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Nevada State College
Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
  Posted Friday, June 05, 2020

Nevada State College ( invites applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to begin January 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic professional to join a young, growing, and vibrant college as the leader of its largest academic unit, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

The dean oversees the college’s portfolio of liberal arts, sciences, and business course offerings and programs. The position fosters a positive and productive work environment that supports students in fulfilling their academic aspirations and faculty members’ development in their professional careers. To these ends, the next dean will have academic leadership experience, dedication to teaching excellence and student success, experience mentoring and supporting faculty, and the demonstrated ability to engage others in developing and implementing high-impact programs that prepare students for successful lives and academic productivity.


• A Ph.D. in a discipline currently offered by LAS or a closely-related Arts, Humanities, Science (social, physical, or natural), or Business field.

• At least three years of leadership experience at the level of associate dean or higher.

• Commitment to diversity, inclusion, transparency, and shared governance.

• Demonstrated commitment to a teaching-focused and student-centered environment.

• Demonstrated effective communication and problem-solving skills.

• A record of distinguished teaching and service with sufficient evidence of scholarly achievements to achieve the rank of professor. (Click here to find the requirements for rank.)

• Experience managing academic budgets.

• Evidence of an ability to manage conflict and foster a positive and collegial work environment.

• Experience with organizational and professional development.


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with managing growth and leading organizational change.

• Demonstrated understanding and experience with high-impact teaching and learning practices, including assessment of student learning and evidence-based decision-making in student support and retention.

Additional information can be found in the position profile:

Applications must be sent electronically to and should include (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of at least five professional references. The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Confidential discussions with consultant Jean Floten ( are encouraged.

Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To be given full consideration for this position, applications should be submitted before August 14, 2020. Nominations, applications, and inquiries will be held in confidence until finalists are identified for on-campus interviews. Finalists must be willing to undergo a background check. 


Jean Floten
Nevada State College

Michigan State University
Dean, College of Social Science  
  Posted Friday, June 05, 2020

Michigan State University, the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Social Science.

MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and a member of the Association of American Universities. The University has 34 undergraduate and graduate programs ranked in the top 20 nationally. MSU comprises a diverse community known for strong academic disciplines and professional programs with a commitment to community engagement throughout the state and across the world. Michigan State’s cross- and interdisciplinary programs connect the sciences, humanities, and professions in practical and innovative ways.

The College offers more than one-fifth of the credit hours at the University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including 32 undergraduate majors, 23 interdisciplinary undergraduate minors, 24 graduate or graduate professional degrees, eight graduate specializations, and 15 graduate certificate programs, both for credit and noncredit. More than 5,200 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students are enrolled in eight departments, four schools, and five centers and institutes. Students acquire the communication and analytical skills needed to excel in complex and changing environments. Many of these programs are ranked in the nation’s top 30, with three ranked in the top 10 and two ranked number 1 nationally — African history and industrial organization psychology. The College community is the most diverse at MSU, nearly 1 in 4 undergraduate majors and 1 in 5 graduate students are under-represented minorities.

The Dean of the College of Social Science reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College at MSU with oversight of the academic programs, financial affairs, student success, personnel, program evaluation, academic innovation, community engagement and the physical plant of the College. The Dean will have oversight of a roughly $120M budget and College personnel totaling more than 1000.

The Office of the Dean coordinates the management of the College and the implementation of its strategic plan and direction. The Dean leads and encourages generation of new initiatives as appropriate, is responsible for the financial management and stewardship of the College’s resources, supports the work of constituents and committees to successfully recruit faculty and staff, engages in the tenure and promotion process, produces annual reports and oversees units that report directly to the Dean. They will be a scholar and leader who supports the multi-disciplinary initiatives and offers consistent and transparent communication surrounding these initiatives, opportunities, and challenges within the College of Social Science to forge a clear path forward.

The full position profile may be viewed here: 

Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including letter of interest and resume, should be forwarded, in confidence, to:

Susan VanGilder, Partner
Beth McCarthy, Senior Associate


Kathryn Rundblad
Michigan State University

Associate/Assistant Dean or Director
Morgan State University
Associate Dean Faculty Administration and Research  
  Posted Monday, January 06, 2020

The James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts at Morgan State University is the largest academic unit at Morgan with over 1,300 students, and nearly 125 full and part-time faculty members.

The Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and assumes a central role in the day-to-day management of the Dean’s office, as well as management of the Dean office’s finances, projects, and initiatives to ensure University compliance. The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding of policies, processes, and programs in the College of Liberal Arts and how they support both the College’s and University’s missions.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include:

• Overseeing all faculty curriculum processes in accordance with University and College policies and priorities of the Dean;

• Overseeing programs and processes that promote collaboration and community and regional linkages in support of University and College goals;

• Overseeing the academic year, winter session, and summer session course schedules, and being responsible for academic assessment planning throughout the College;

• Overseeing College facilities in accordance with University and College policies, procedures, and regulations to ensure optimal space utilization for instructions and research as well as a physical work environment to meet the needs and goals of faculty, students, and staff in the College;

• Providing high-level administrative support to the Dean, working with a wide range of internal and external constituents, including faculty, University leaders, external constituents, including external professional consultants, and alumni/ae;

• Assisting with the preparation of reports and documentation required for accreditation on a timely basis;

• Assisting in the preparation of the College annual report;

• Providing timely reports to the Dean as requested;

• Encouraging and providing leadership for research;

• Coordinating the College interdisciplinary programs;

• Recommending faculty development programs and grantmanships;

• Performing other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Basic Qualifications:

• Requires an earned doctorate in a discipline in the College;

• At least five years of professional and/or administrative experience at the college/university level including supervisory and program/project management;

• Experience in administrative planning, management, and budgeting;

• Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects, excellent problem solving, organizational and interpersonal communication skills;

• Familiarity with the policies and procedures governing academic and intellectual life and

• A strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity within the campus and surrounding communities.

To apply please visit:


Charlene Chester
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore MD 21251
Phone: 4438853090
Fax: 0000000000

Institution President
Simpson College
  Posted Friday, October 04, 2019

The Board of Trustees invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of President of Simpson College. The College seeks an exceptional leader who will bring demonstrated success in senior-level leadership that includes management of a substantial and complex organization, along with a deep understanding of and appreciation for a liberal arts education. It is expected that the next president take office no later than June 1, 2020.

Founded in 1860, Simpson College is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Located just 12 miles south of Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, Simpson's picturesque 75-acre campus in Indianola is home to more than 1,100 full-time undergraduate students with an additional 200 part-time, mostly adult students, at a site in West Des Moines. Greater Des Moines serves as the government, commercial, cultural and recreational hub for the state of Iowa.

The College has a strong academic reputation and is a highly student-centric institution, placing significant value on co-curricular learning. The 20 academic departments house 80+ majors and minors, as well as three graduate programs. Simpson’s general education curriculum focuses on high-impact educational practices such as undergraduate research, service learning, first-year experiences, and capstone courses in the major. It emphasizes areas of engagement linked to liberal arts modes of knowledge and embedded skills most valued by today’s employers.

Academic Search is partnering with Simpson College in this national search. Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with the consultants leading the search:

President Dr. Jay Lemons (

Senior Consultant Dr. Wanda Bigham (

Consultant Ms. Penny Gibbons (

For more information about this opportunity, position qualifications, and the application process, please review the full profile: Scroll down to Simpson College and click “Profile.”

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Simpson College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, veteran or veteran disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected characteristic in admission, access to, treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.


Jessica Comer
Simpson College

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