Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Sep 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Winthrop University, a highly ranked, public, comprehensive university, announces a national search for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, this individual will have responsibility for providing leadership for the largest college within the University and will join the senior academic leadership team of the University. The person selected to fill the position will begin leadership of the college on July 1, 2018.


About the Position
Winthrop University seeks a Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrates strategic and visionary leadership, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a commitment to the mission of the College and University. The Dean will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, including scholarly pursuits and professional development of students and faculty members. He or she will be a strong and energetic advocate for the College and the University, securing support to achieve and maintain excellence and building academic, community, and professional partnerships and collaborations. The ideal candidate will have a record of responding effectively to the rapidly changing demands on colleges and higher education.


About Winthrop University
Founded in 1886 and located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Winthrop University offers its 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. In its degree-granting Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Visual and Performing Arts, Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Winthrop is well known for its inclusive and supportive campus environment, with University College supporting programs in both academic and student affairs. Winthrop University is achieving national stature as a competitive and distinctive co-educational, public, residential, comprehensive, values-oriented institution. The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for the University’s continuing development and shape Winthrop’s continuing success. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Winthrop as one of the top-10 public comprehensive universities in the South. Winthrop is an active member of the Rock Hill community and is recognized as a key component of the region’s economic resurgence. Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Winthrop has direct access to and is engaged in a broad and expansive regional arts and business community. Winthrop’s beautiful campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The attractive recreational and research complex area that surrounds Winthrop Lake is home to Winthrop’s 18 Division I men’s and women’s sports.


About the College of Arts and Sciences
Winthrop University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the academic home to 14 departments with more than 2,000 undergraduate students majoring in nineteen areas across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences; five interdisciplinary programs; and more than 300 graduate students in nine graduate programs, including one interdisciplinary program. In addition, the College offers courses that provide the liberal arts foundation to all undergraduate programs on campus. The College has a total of 230 faculty members, of whom 140 are full-time and 90 are part-time faculty who are experienced professionals from the surrounding metropolitan area. Faculty and administrative staff members support the academic and professional development of students who pursue coursework and program work in the College. Winthrop’s programs of biochemistry, human nutrition and dietetics, mass communication, and social work are nationally accredited. In addition, Winthrop’s education certification programs (biology, chemistry, English, world languages, mathematics, school psychology and social studies within CAS) are accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences leads the departments, programs, centers, and other units in the CAS to achieve the College’s mission. The Dean is responsible for the effective leadership of the human, financial, and physical resources of the College and works collaboratively with decanal staff members, department chairs, program directors, and other academic and administrative leaders to develop, implement, and promote best practices in all aspects of the College. Within the University’s system of shared governance, the Dean is accountable to the faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders of the CAS. The Dean also serves as the chief steward of College resources, cultivating long-term relationships with alumni, employers, donors, and others who provide various forms of support to the College and representing the College on local, regional, national, and international levels. The Dean is actively engaged in and builds partnerships within the local and regional communities. The Dean collaborates with other University deans and administrators to advance the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Consistent with the mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the University and the CAS, the Dean fosters a diverse and vibrant academic community, as well as strategic community and professional partnerships.

The Dean reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, who follows University policy in managing and evaluating the Dean’s performance on a regular basis.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Serves as chief academic and executive officer for the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Provides collegial and dynamic leadership for the College’s faculty, staff, students, and programs;
  • Articulates a vision of excellence for the College that is consistent with the University’s mission;
  • Facilitates strategic planning to reach College and University goals;
  • Establishes and maintains effective professional relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and alumni;
  • Fosters and contributes to institutional leadership and collaboration with the other colleges and divisions of the University;
  • Builds and fosters strategic collaborations and partnerships within the local, state, and regional community in order to advance the College’s and University’s goals and objectives;
  • Actively engages in fundraising and development activities to support the vision and mission of the College and University;
  • Oversees undergraduate and graduate education and student success; faculty, staff, and student development; global engagement; research; grants and other external funding;
  • Works with faculty to provide support for undergraduate and graduate curricular improvement;
  • Upholds high standards and provides support for student intellectual development, scholarship, professional stewardship, and academic responsibility;
  • Collaboratively plans and develops appropriate policies for the College;
  • Recruits and assigns the best available faculty and staff based on required competencies;
  • Develops and manages effectively and efficiently the human, physical, and financial resources of the College;
  • Supports CAS programs with academic quality and learning assessment measures to ensure compliance with University, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Chemical Society, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Council on Social Work Education, National Association of School Psychologists, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and SACSCOC requirements;
  • Works with the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provosts, and other deans to provide academic leadership for the entire University;
  • Continues the development of educational programs of national distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Facilitates creative/scholarly activities and professional development of the faculty;
  • Fosters multi-disciplinary teaching, research, and service in the liberal arts and sciences;
  • Seeks external support of the College in the form of scholarships and sponsorships through direct and indirect fundraising efforts;
  • Leads the effort to enhance the recognition and standing of the College in the Charlotte metropolitan area, South Carolina, and the southeast region; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.



  • An earned doctorate in a discipline represented in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Successful teaching, scholarship, professional service, and creative accomplishments in a College of Arts and Sciences discipline or related area commensurate with the rank of a senior faculty member;
  • Broad knowledge of the disciplines in the arts and sciences and ability to foster collaboration across content areas;
  • Evidence of superior interpersonal and group communication skills;
  • Evidence of collegial collaboration with administrators, faculty, and staff across the disciplines in the arts and sciences, throughout the University, and within the larger community;
  • Evidence of successful administrative experience, including in-depth knowledge of strategic planning, financial management, budgeting, and community engagement;
  • Evidence of collegial leadership in faculty development and commitment to fostering faculty growth and development;
  • Evidence of support and enhancement of diversity in faculty, staff, and student populations;
  • Experience in working effectively with local, state, and national organizations and governmental agencies;
  • Knowledge of curriculum development for both undergraduate and graduate programs;
  • Experience with accreditation and self-study processes;
  • Ability to support technological applications in the arts and sciences; and
  • Interest and experience in development of interdisciplinary programs within the arts and sciences and with content areas outside the College.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate stakeholders and to develop and engage in collaborative relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in shared governance;
  • Demonstrated record of external development activities resulting in major gifts;
  • Ability to foster partnerships and programs to advance the College’s and University’s goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance brand management in the arts and sciences or higher education;
  • High energy coupled with enthusiastic leadership abilities; and
  • Broad understanding of the direction of arts and sciences education and research and the ability to articulate the College’s vision that positions the College as a successful enterprise.

Position Conditions

This position is a twelve-month, full-time, administrative appointment. Salary is dependent upon qualifications. Starting date is no later than July 1, 2018.

The Search Committee is being chaired by Dr. Gloria Jones, Dean of University College at Winthrop University. Applications and nominations will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The cover letter should address why the applicant is interested in this position and how he or she meets required and preferred qualifications. A complete application will also include a current curriculum vitae and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of five references familiar with the candidate’s qualifications. Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information of the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted electronically to The search is being assisted by:

Oscar C. Page, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, AGB Search


Winthrop University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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