The Dean is the chief administrator for the School of Science and Humanities and its various disciplines. The Dean reports to the Provost and, as a member of Husson University's Deans' Council, serves to advise the Provost in the overall academic administration of the institution. The position requires a thorough appreciation for the particular disciplines. The Dean is responsible for developing a collaborative strategy with all stakeholders of the School to establish the role of the School in light of the University’s missions of inspiring and preparing students for existing careers and those that have not yet been envisioned all within the context of an education informed by the sciences and the humanities. The Dean leads and shapes the School culture within this context while furthering the institutions strategic objective of academic excellence. The Dean is responsible for furthering the School’s integration into the University and larger community. The Dean develops and evaluates faculty, aids in faculty recruitment, assesses curricula and instruction, promotes and supports scholarship within the College, and is responsible for budgetary planning and management for and within the School of Science and Humanities.
Essential functions include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1.Providing strategic leadership to the School of Science and Humanities while maintaining a leadership structure within the School and making changes to it as may be needed.
2.Developing academic policies and programs to foster high academic standards among faculty and students.
3.Presiding over School-wide faculty meetings.
4.Ensuring that faculty members fulfill their professional responsibilities to the University, colleagues, students, and community and the duties of the academic community at Husson and their professions.
5.Overseeing the response to accreditation or serves a liaison officer with accrediting agencies of the disciplines within the School as may currently exist or arise in the future.
6.Participating on Deans’ Council
7.Providing leadership for the General Education program working in conjunction with the General Education Committee.
8.Advising the Provost on personnel and academic matters within the School and coordinating with the Provost on matters of hiring.
9.Overseeing and developing those with leadership positions or responsibilities within the School.
10.Working with faculty to develop their approach to scholarship at the University.
11.Facilitating interaction with admissions, financial, and marketing to foster a strategic approach to enrollment management.
12.Working with staff members to enhance student success and institution-wide commitment to the mission of the University.
13.Participating in faculty and institution-wide formal and informal activities.
14.Serving as the public presence and voice of the School before the administration, trustees, and community and assist in development initiatives.
15.Planning and administering the budget for the School to assure the prompt collection of information for the budget process and effective allocation of resources.
16.Assigning advisees and assure equitable allocation of advising and workload among faculty.
17.Assuring that annual reviews of faculty are conducted and that faculty development plans are fulfilled.
18.Reviewing faculty dossiers and provides recommendations as required by the Faculty Handbook for promotions and multiple-year contract reviews.
19.Assisting in the development of strategic plans for obtaining and allocated financial resources to meet facility and personnel needs.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- a strong background in the sciences and/or humanities;
- a commitment to interdisciplinary practice and teaching;
- demonstrated collaborative management and leadership skills;
- an ability to be a spokesperson and advocate for the School and University’s vision;
- an understanding of professional education;
- experience in interdisciplinary education;
- good financial management skills;
- a proven ability to attract external funding and support;
- a superior record of scholarship and teaching;
- demonstrated record of effective interpersonal and communication skills;
- demonstrated ability to build strong partnerships with community organizations;
- support for community outreach programs and community-based partnerships;
- ability to develop faculty in their teaching, scholarship, and professional endeavors;
- experience with the development and implementation of outcomes assessment
Education: PhD or other earned doctorate in a science or humanities field.
Experience: A minimum of five years’ experience in academia.
Special Skills: Demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of professionalism, personal integrity, diversity, and excellence in all working relationships. Outstanding analytical abilities, interpersonal communication skills, organizational behaviors and a appropriate knowledge and use of relevant information systems, market research and enrollment strategies. Self-motivated and a strong team player who values hard work and who is capable and confident interacting with a wide array of internal and external constituents. Adaptable to an ever changing educational environment.