Academic Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences

Upland, Indiana
Sep 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
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Four-Year Institution

Taylor University is seeking applications and nominations of distinctive candidates for the Academic Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS). 

This position begins in June 2018.  Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. 


Personal commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord.  Christ-centered, vibrant faith.  Passion for mission and educational philosophy of Taylor University.  Genuine affirmation of the Taylor University Life Together Covenant.  An earned doctorate in a discipline within the School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS) or a related field is preferred. Sufficient experience within the academy commensurate with an appointment to the faculty as a full professor is required.  A record of successful teaching, scholarship, service experience, and grant proposal writing. A vision for natural and applied sciences as an integral part of Christian liberal arts that includes balancing the value of liberal learning, marketplace expectations and institutional stewardship.  A deep understanding of current issues in higher education and STEM best practices coupled with strong leadership and problem-solving skills.  Demonstrated abilities to advocate for SNAS programs and personnel to internal and external audiences with an irenic spirit.  Collaborative leadership style with experience successfully managing complex personnel issues, budgets, major initiatives and diverse teams of faculty, staff and students.  A proven record of increasingly responsible and successful leadership roles in one or more institutions of like size and complexity.  Excellent interpersonal skills as well as written and oral communication skills.  Commitment to the development of a diverse, multicultural community.  Commitment to continuous improvement in teaching/learning, scholarship (Boyer model), mentoring/discipling undergraduates.  Demonstrated skill in building trust through proactive, two way communication.


The dean is the School’s chief academic and administrative officer and exercises supervisory responsibility for its personnel, planning, fiscal management, project development, facilities, operations, assessment and other administrative duties. This 12 month administrative position reports to the provost. The dean serves as a member of the Deans’ Council, University Assessment Council, Curriculum Management Committee, and provost designee on administrative and governance committees.

The dean is responsible for overseeing vision cultivation, faculty development, department chair activities, budget and resources management, curriculum currency and creativity, program assessment, and effective SNAS communication among University constituents. The dean is expected to participate in fundraising activities, alumni relation events, admissions and retention initiatives; facilitate faculty grant proposal writing/funding procurement; explore and develop new programs in STEM and health related fields; and work collaboratively within the School and across the University.


The School of Natural and Applied Sciences offers BA and BS degrees with 28 majors and concentrations serving approximately 650 undergraduate students.  Currently the School consists of 43 full-time distinguished faculty in the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Health and Sustainable Development, Kinesiology, Physics and Engineering, and Mathematics. The School is responsible for the newly developed Health Science major with dual degree programs in Nursing. The School also supports a vibrant undergraduate research program, an annual science seminar, and the Center for Missions Computing. SNAS programs have recently sponsored international experiences with students in Ecuador, Korea, Thailand, Namibia, and Belize.

The school office and most departments are located in the Euler Science Complex, a 127,000 square foot LEED Gold certified building constructed in 2012 including best practice teaching labs, research spaces, and collaborative interaction spaces.  The Department of Environmental Science, Public Health, and Sustainable Development is located in the Randall Environmental Studies Center. Kinesiology is located in the Eichling Aquatics Wing of the Kesler Student Activities Center.


Taylor University is an evangelical, independent, non-denominational Christian liberal arts university in which all programs are shaped by a biblical, Christian worldview and the integration of faith, learning and living within a community of intentional Christian nurture and relationships.

Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to both spiritual and intellectual development. Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication and integrity from both students and faculty. As a Christian institution, Taylor University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth has its source in God. Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting. The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement curricular and institutional strengths.                                                                     

The University is located in the pastoral, small town environment of Upland, Indiana, 70 miles north of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne. The proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits, including access to specialized healthcare and cultural and entertainment opportunities including music, theater, art, professional athletics and commerce.


Please apply through the link provided on Taylor University Human Resources website ( A detailed position and institution profile is also available on the same website. Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Dan Hammond, chair of the SNAS Dean Search Committee at All materials will remain confidential. Women and members of minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Taylor University complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination. Evaluation of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

236 West Reade Avenue   Upland, Indiana 46989-1001   765-998-4877   1-800-882-3456

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