Founding Dean of the School of Social and Natural Sciences

Bristol, Rhode Island
Feb 28, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Position

Roger Williams University (RWU), with an enrollment of over 5,300 students, is experiencing an unusually dynamic period of growth and development.  The President and Provost, now in their 6th and 5th years respectively, embrace entrepreneurial endeavors, model collaboration, advocate creative initiatives, and support the University’s deans as they advance their individual schools and colleges.  In order to provide more effective leadership, the University is reorganizing its Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences and its School of Education into a School of Social and Natural Sciences (SSNS) and a School of Humanities, Arts, and Education (SHAE).   The inaugural Deans will have the opportunity to frame a strategic vision for the school and to oversee its implementation.  They will work with the faculty, administration, staff, students, alumni, and donors of their respective schools, to develop strategies to advance the quality of student learning, foster collaboration across programs and schools, support research and creative work by faculty, and advance a strategic vision in coordination with the overall direction of the University.

School of Social and Natural Sciences

The SSNS has 60 highly qualified faculty and 18 staff organized into the divisions of Marine and Natural Science (MNS) and of Social Science (SS).  MNS includes the departments of Marine Biology, Biology, and Environmental Science; Mathematics; Physical Sciences; and the Center for Environmental and Economic Development (CEED).  The SS Division includes the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Politics and International Relations; and Psychology. The school is primarily undergraduate, but does include a small graduate program in Psychology.   In addition to teaching students from across the University, the faculty of the SSNS are active scholars.  The MNS division is housed in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility focused on the marine sciences and receives nearly two million dollars in new funding annually from government and private sources.  The SS Division’s research is less facilities based, but includes many faculty with national and international reputations in their fields. For the full job description and application information please visit:

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