Dean of the School of Arts and Letters

Feb 23, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The College of St. Scholastica, a vibrant, multi-campus institution in the Catholic Benedictine tradition with its main campus in Duluth, Minnesota, seeks an experienced academic leader with an interdisciplinary and integrative vision of liberal arts education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to serve as its next Dean of the School of Arts and Letters. The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves on the Academic Council, and is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership in all aspects of the academic program in the School of Arts and Letters. The Dean will advocate for Inclusive Excellence and support CSS's long-standing commitment to equity, inclusion, and cultural fluency. The new Dean is expected to take office in summer 2018.

The College currently operates nine satellite campuses within Minnesota, in addition to the main campus in Duluth. Graduate, Extended and Online (GEO) programs include traditional graduate programs, which are offered on the main campus, accelerated programs offered at the extended sites, and online programs. Enrollment for the 2017 academic year was 4,325 - 1,792 traditional undergraduates and 2,533 students in GEO programs. The College offers programs at both the undergraduate (certificate and bachelor's) and graduate (master's and doctoral) levels across six academic schools grounded in the liberal arts, with a particularly strong focus and reputation in nursing and the health professions.

The School of Arts and Letters offers over 20 diverse academic programs. There are 7 departments within SAL: Communication, Theatre and Art; English; Global, Cultural and Language Studies; History and Politics; Music; Philosophy; and Theology and Religious Studies. More than 43 faculty members teach in SAL, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

An earned doctorate is required for this position - ideally, in a discipline offered within the School of Arts and Letters. A teaching and publications record commensurate with tenure is also required, as well as a progressive record of achievement in administration. A complete search prospectus can be found at

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of (1) a detailed cover letter addressing the expectations of the position as outlined in this profile; (2) a current curriculum vitae (CV) demonstrating relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments; and (3) a list of five professional references with contact information and a note explaining your working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. For more information about the institution, please visit

Nominations and applications should be sent electronically to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by Monday, March 26, 2018 can be assured full consideration. The search committee and those of us at Academic Search are committed to the highest standards of executive search, including providing the greatest degree of confidentiality.

Nominators and prospective candidates may also arrange a confidential discussion about this opportunity with Maya Ranchod Kirkhope, Senior Consultant at Academic Search, Inc., at [email protected] or (703) 380 9195.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The College of St. Scholastica is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. While there is no religious requirement, we are interested in individuals who value and support the rich Catholic Benedictine heritage of the College of St. Scholastica.


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