Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Norman, Oklahoma
Feb 07, 2018
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One of the premier comprehensive public R1 research universities in the nation, the University of Oklahoma seeks an inspiring, experienced leader for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The responsibilities of the Dean include operational and strategic oversight for all undergraduate and graduate programs in the college, which encompasses the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools and interdisciplinary programs on the Norman and Tulsa Campuses. OU is a thriving institution, proud of its public mission and eager to continue its ascent up the ranks of excellence. The next Dean will play an instrumental part in the institution’s success.

The University is looking for: - A collaborative, strategic leader, capable of working with Deans, Chairs, Directors, and faculty across the university to: (1) support and encourage world-class research, scholarship, and creative activities, (2) enhance the student experience, and (3) further the competitiveness of the University of Oklahoma. - A renowned scholar with a record of research excellence and outstanding graduate student mentorship. - An excellent teacher and mentor who demonstrates a commitment to the highest academic standards and emerging best practices, including expanding research opportunities for undergraduates. - An academic with a passion for fostering the professional growth and well-being of faculty, students, and staff and an appreciation of the wide range of disciplines and programs at a comprehensive research university. - A manager with the administrative skills and experience to lead and inspire a diverse and highly qualified team of faculty and staff and to execute the complex mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. - A visionary who can help build the financial resources of the university by pursuing opportunities and overcoming challenges in an environment of rapid changes in the higher education landscape. The Dean reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Provost, sits on the Council of Deans, and contributes as an integral part of the leadership team of the university.

QUALIFICATIONS - Record of excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service suitable for appointment as a full tenured professor within an appropriate division in the College. - Record of strong, visionary leadership and sound fiscal management at the Chair- or Director-level or higher. - Demonstrated effective skills of communication, planning, collaboration, and management. - Demonstrated commitments to diversity and shared governance. - Earned doctorate or other terminal research degree.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS The university invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, complete CV, list of references), or inquiries about the position or process. Submit applications to the Chair of the Search Committee, Randall Hewes, Dean of the OU Graduate College, at Nominations, including full contact and email information for the nominee, and inquiries should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee at [email protected]. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. Applicants will be notified prior to the solicitation of letters of reference.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY The University of Oklahoma is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. OU serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. OU is home to over 31,000 students and more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. Visit and for more information.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES As OU’s first, largest, and most diverse college, the College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of the university. The College includes 24 academic departments, two accredited schools, four interdisciplinary programs, and three independent research units. The College is home to almost half of OU’s full-time faculty and provides a significant portion of the general education curriculum for undergraduate students enrolled in the other colleges of the university. It is also the center for advanced study, research, and creative activity at the university and accounts for over a quarter of the OU Norman Campus research expenditures. With this reach and impact, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences serves a pivotal role for the university. The Dean will be expected to work collaboratively with colleges across the university to deliver world-class general education for students; foster and grow exemplary research programs within the College’s academic departments, schools, and programs; guide the development of innovative curricula; hire and support an outstanding faculty; provide entrepreneurial leadership for development initiatives and for strategic and financial planning; support the institution’s commitment to excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity, and inclusiveness; and provide outstanding service to the State of Oklahoma.


The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

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