Open executive Job in Academic & University Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Office of the Provost
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invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean is the chief administrative
officer of the College, reports directly to the Provost, serves with seven other deans on the Provost’s Council and on the President’s
Executive Team, and is the official liaison between the College’s faculty and the Provost.
Widener University, an independent,
metropolitan, Carnegie-classified doctoral university with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, rigorous academic expectations and
leadership development, connects curricula to societal issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal
attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. The university’s robust diversity agenda embodies the
values of access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership. The College provides the foundation in the liberal arts and
sciences for all undergraduate programs at the university, offering majors and minors in 28 departments. Students in the College benefit
from a student-centered approach to learning that features a variety of active learning strategies in the classroom as well as other
high-impact learning practices. The College seeks a Dean with the ability to motivate and inspire through passion, bold vision, a
resourceful and entrepreneurial bent, and a commitment to collaborative decision-making. The Dean will partner with the President, the
Provost, the leadership team and faculty to drive the mission, vision and strategic plan of the University.
Located twenty minutes
from Philadelphia, the nation’s sixth largest city and home to world-class art, culture, sports, entertainment, and history, Widener’s
110-acre Main Campus has benefitted from $220 million in new construction and renovations over the past 12 years. With its location in the
middle of the eastern metropolitan corridor, Widener’s Main Campus is only a two-hour drive or train ride from both Washington, DC and New
York City. For more information about the University, please visit the website at www.widener.edu.
The successful candidate for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be an accomplished
and creative leader, bringing a combination of professional capabilities and personal qualities that will enable that individual to address
the opportunities and the challenges that exist for the college and the university.
successful candidate for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be an accomplished and creative leader, bringing a combination of
professional capabilities and personal qualities that will enable that individual to address the opportunities and the challenges that exist
for the college and the university.
In addition to such expected personal
characteristics as honesty, integrity, and exemplary moral and ethical character, Widener considers important the following:
Academic Credentials: A PhD in an arts and sciences discipline represented in the college’s current program offerings. Also expected is a
record of excellence as a teacher and scholar in a tenured faculty appointment with credentials that would qualify the individual for
appointment as a full professor at Widener. Prior experience as a dean is preferred.
Experience and Accomplishments: Successful
administrative experience and resulting expertise in leadership and management of academic programs at educational levels comparable to
those offered in the college. It is desired that this experience include the following:
Mission: accomplishments consistent
with Widener’s vision and mission.
Reputation: demonstrated ability to raise the academic reputation of an institution,
such as through pedagogical innovation, promotion of student retention, new approaches to scholarship, and other features resulting from
Liberal Education: accomplishments in implementing and promoting for all undergraduate students’
general education goals and objectives as well as common student experiences in the arts and sciences.
Practices: history of successful promotion of high-impact practices, experiential learning, and community-based learning.
Professional Education: experience in supporting the role Arts and Sciences faculty play in offering coursework that sustains
undergraduate programs in the professions-e.g., business, education, engineering, hospitality management, nursing, and social work.
Accreditation and Assessment: successful experience with regional accreditation processes and the self-studies and assessment
efforts that accompany them.
Leadership in Higher Education: evidence of effective leadership in faculty governance,
administration, and professional associations.
Shared Governance: appreciation for and experience with shared governance
and collaborative leadership in pursuit of common purpose.
Innovation: accomplishments in developing and implementing
innovative academic programs, as well as innovative use of technology and educational delivery systems and leading others in their
Faculty/Staff Relations: demonstrated record of recognizing the work of faculty and staff colleagues and
showing appreciation for their contributions; experience in shaping appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines in support of faculty
development and the institution’s mission; effectiveness in building consensus and addressing conflict.
Mentoring: evidence of accomplishment in establishing a culture of mentoring for new and existing faculty, effective management of personnel
and support of professional development, and ability to inspire faculty and staff to strive toward achieving shared vision and goals based
on institutional values.
Delegation: ability to delegate responsibilities wisely, express expectations clearly, and hold
faculty and staff colleagues accountable.
Budget Management: a strong sense of fiduciary responsibility as well as
experience in the effective management of budgets and stewardship of resources.
External Relationships: interest in and
energy for cultivating and nurturing relationships with alumni, prospective donors, and grantfunding agencies.
to Diversity: demonstrated, intentional, and reflective leadership in recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and
student body, and evident appreciation of the value of diversity in all of its manifestations in academic settings.
Inspiring Leadership: The ability to motivate and inspire through passion, bold vision, a resourceful and entrepreneurial bent, and a
commitment to collaboration and consensus. This includes the ability to listen carefully, to be adaptable, to be firm yet transparent and
collegial, and to be a natural unifier and team-builder.
Communication: Eloquence and forthrightness in speaking and writing,
including the commitment to communicating frequently, clearly, and concisely with internal and external constituencies.
Skills. The dean should:
be comfortable interacting with a wide range of people, permitting effective networking on behalf
of the university.
display a natural humility, allowing the spotlight to fall on others.
emotional intelligence and appreciation for the perspective of others.
embrace the role of an advocate on behalf of the
college and its faculty.
evidence a collaborative spirit and “forward thinking.”
enjoy engaging with
students and celebrating their accomplishments.
To see the full profile for this position or to learn more
about Widener University, please click on the additional link below.
To ensure full consideration, please submit cover letter, CV and
three letters of reference. Nominations and queries in confidence should be submitted online to widener.edu/jobs by October 15, 2017. Please
note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Widener University is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy
of non-discrimination in employment practices on any basis including sex, race, national origin or ethnicity, religion, disability, status
as a veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or other protected status
covered by federal, state, or local law.
Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects
curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are
key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener’s main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington,
DE, with satellite campuses in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and Wilmington Delaware. For more information about the University, please visit our
website at www.widener.edu.
Widener University is an equal opportunity employer that encourages excellence through diversity. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
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