Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

University of Missouri - St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, 63121, United States
Sep 08, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


A Public Metropolitan Research University

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is searching for an engaged and dynamic Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. We seek a leader who understands the increasing complexities of higher education, and who understands the imperative of diversity in all levels of the university setting. Further, we desire a leader who embraces the expanding opportunities and demands of serving our community partners, the importance of helping instill optimism and realism in our students, and realizes the necessity of being adept and adaptable in this ever-changing environment.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the largest public research institution located in Missouri's most diverse, populous, and economically vibrant region. The university has over 17,000 students consisting of 8,070 on-campus undergraduate students, 3,091 graduate and professional students and 5,853 advanced college credit students. UMSL is a part of the University of Missouri land-grant system and is classified as RU-H (high research activity) and as a Community Engaged Campus by Carnegie rankings. The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences will work from this foundation to foster and expand our campus engagement with core communities, faculty research, teaching, and development, while facilitating student success both in and outside the classroom.

The College of Arts & Sciences, one of six colleges at UMSL, is the largest and most diverse, serves the largest number of students, and is the academic center of the core curriculum and student advising and tutoring services. The College consists of nineteen departments, one school, 5 centers, the Marcus Allen Advising Center, and 165 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 107 non-tenure track (teaching/research/clinical) faculty and 162 staff members. The college offers 33 separate baccalaureate, 17 master, and 7 doctoral degrees as well as 8 graduate certificates. Each semester the College offers over 860 unique courses. Annual research expenditures are around 8 million dollars.

Position: The dean is a campus leader who helps guide curricular innovation, community engagement, and strategic mission and vision. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Dean reports directly to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Academically, the Dean is responsible for the College's hiring and promotion decisions at all ranks, research productivity, and curricular innovation. Administratively, the Dean oversees strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, and community engagement. The Dean provides vision and leadership to help guide this vigorous College toward increased national and international prominence and service to the St. Louis region and beyond. A detailed position description is available at

Qualifications: The College seeks an energetic and innovative leader for advancing the College's mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development. We wish to see evidence of collaborative, strategic, decision making that forms and expands our student-centered mission and support for research.

The successful candidate must have a doctorate and a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and academic accomplishments appropriate for appointment as Full Professor in a Department of the College.

Other qualifications include:

  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and a willingness to promote collaboration
  • Significant university administrative experience at the departmental level or higher with noteworthy experience in managing budgets, collaborating with diverse constituencies, increasing research and teaching innovation, and increasing student access and success; experience in developing strategic priorities
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing diverse and inclusive learning and working environments
  • Evidence of leadership in productive community partnerships that reflect an understanding of the role that metropolitan, land-grant universities and public education play in a democracy
  • An enthusiasm for and proven track record of raising funds from a variety of sources, including private donors, foundations, and government agencies; outreach to alumni

Formal review of applications and nominations will begin October 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity.


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