Fayetteville, AR
Jul 15, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC738P

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Working Title Dean

Position Number 7214

Department Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The Bumpers College offers 14 majors and 21 minors for students interested in plants, animals, agri-business, food, the natural environment and includes the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Each major provides a close-knit, family like, student-centered atmosphere. Together with personal attention from faculty, use of hands-on experiential learning methods and an active and growing undergraduate research program, the College provides opportunity for intellectual enrichment beyond the traditional undergraduate experience. The Bumpers College has been the fastest growing college on campus in recent years with an enrollment of 2087 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The Bumpers College has a total of 215 faculty members, and in that total, there are 103 faculty members with active mentor standing in the Honors College and 10 Endowed Chair positions.

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Job Type Administrator

Summary of Job Duties

The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the college. As Dean, the position reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The Dean provides academic, intellectual and administrative leadership to the College. As Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, the position reports directly to the Vice President for Agriculture and works with the Associate Vice Presidents for Research and for Extension.

Key areas of focus include student recruitment, leadership for innovative and relevant learning platforms, and the role that Bumpers College can play in preparing students for careers in food, family and environment. The position is the major administrative link between academic activities at the Fayetteville campus and the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • A doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  • Qualified for appointment as a tenured professor in the Bumpers College
  • Evidence of effective, creative leadership and possess excellent communication skills necessary to be a strong advocate for the College and faculty within the College at the campus, state and national levels
  • A broad knowledge and appreciation of both Agricultural Sciences and Human Sciences
  • Familiarity with the issues and concerns of a major teaching and research university
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
  • A distinguished record of scholarship and accomplishment in higher education
  • Demonstrated significant and progressive leadership and administrative experience in managing a sizable unit at an institution of higher learning
  • Experience with direct faculty management, such as evaluations and promotion and tenure

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in and a strong vision for the Land Grant system and demonstrated success in academics
  • Familiarity with the issues and concerns of a major teaching and research university
  • Visionary leadership to move the college to national prominence
  • Significant experience in strategic planning and deployment of development and advancement initiatives
  • National and international reputation and strong connection to national organizations and associations
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing complex and interdisciplinary programs and units
  • Receptive to new and innovative programs and initiatives that will bring recognition to the college
  • Experience with national accreditation agencies/bodies
  • Evidence of creative accomplishments
  • Experience with developing, coordinating and delivering distance education degree programs

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Strong administrative and management skills

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Crouching
  • Driving
  • Lifting
  • Sitting
  • Standing


  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Talking

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday (days and hours may vary based on department needs)

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/ event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville campus - Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences Building

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate to education and experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check
  • Financial history background check
  • Drug screening

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 08/18/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 01/01/2018

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dean Matt Waller
Search Committee Chair
Sam M. Walton College of Business
(479) 575-5949

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Curriculum Vitae
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
    Optional Documents
    1. Proof of Veterans Status