Academic Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Ypsilanti, MI
Oct 13, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Eastern Michigan University (Eastern) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Eastern seeks a collaborative and inspirational leader to articulate a clear vision for the College, advocate for its core academic mission, and acquire the resources necessary to ensure its continuing development.

Named a “Best Midwestern College” by Princeton Review and recognized for its commitment to campus diversity by U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Colleges, Eastern enrolls approximately 23,000 students from 45 states and more than 70 foreign countries. Located minutes from Ann Arbor, the University offers more than 200 majors in five colleges, and recently completed a $90 million science complex – one of the largest public construction projects in the state of Michigan.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a foundation for creative, critical thinking with a dynamic curriculum in order to prepare students to thrive in an ever-changing world. The College promotes an integrated education in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences and it aims to equip students, faculty and staff for local and global community engagement and scholarship and serves as a catalyst for creativity, critical thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration. Its goal is to foster knowledge and curiosity for lifelong learning and promote skills to develop and contribute positively to the community. The College of Arts and Sciences offers 191 programs and 18 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Dean is the College's chief academic, executive, and fiscal officer and a member of the University's academic leadership team. The Dean has responsibility for an annual operating budget of $60 million and an academic enterprise including approximately 700 full- and part-time faculty members, some 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students, 18 departments, and two specialized programs listed here: The Dean will guide the academic and business planning of the College, advocate for its interests within and outside the University, engage and serve the local and regional educational community, and work to increase the College's national visibility and to secure the resources necessary to fulfill its ambitions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in a discipline represented by the College.
  • At least seven years college or university teaching experience required, with a minimum of four years academic leadership or administrative experience in higher education preferred.
  • A distinguished academic or professional record of scholarship/creative activity meriting appointment as a professor with tenure in a discipline in the College.

The preferred candidate will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Further Eastern's mission to enrich lives in a supportive, intellectually dynamic and diverse community.
  • Collaborate with faculty to establish a creative vision for the College, building strategically on current areas of distinction.
  • Provide leadership for strong undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering opportunities where students learn in and beyond the classroom to benefit the local and global communities.
  • Promote academic freedom, shared governance, and faculty and staff input by working successfully within collective-bargaining agreements and supporting our dedicated faculty balance teaching and research to prepare students with relevant skills and real world awareness.
  • Advance diversity in the recruitment, retention, and development of high-quality faculty, staff, and students.
  • Foster the interdependence of scholarly/creative activity and teaching, supporting faculty-student collaboration in research and artistic projects.
  • Cultivate productive relationships between departments and programs in the College, while also facilitating engagement with the College of Education and other colleges and divisions in the University.
  • Build relationships with individuals, agencies, and organizations in the surrounding community, while working with the College Resource Development Board to generate and maintain strong external funding bases.
  • Administer College resources, manage operations, supervise and evaluate personnel, and oversee budgets and facilities.

Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2017 and continue until finalists have been identified. The position will remain open until filled. Applications should consist of a cover letter describing how the candidate's experiences fit the qualifications listed, a curriculum vitae, and the names and complete contact information for five professional references. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Confidential conversations about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Academic HR Consultant Candice Hunter at

All applications must be made online at:


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