Dean of Arts and Sciences
Office of Provost & VP Acad Affairs
(Please do not apply directly to this posting. This search is being handled by Witt/Kieffer. The application instructions are located in the special instructions at the bottom of this posting.)
Bentley University is a private institution located on a classic New England campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, just minutes from Boston. Bentley University enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bentley offers 24 undergraduate majors; full- and part-time M.B.A. programs and eight master's degrees in other business-related disciplines; and Ph.D. programs in business and accountancy. U.S. News & World Report ranks Bentley No. 2 on its list of best undergraduate programs among regional universities in the North and No. 32 on its list of top online graduate business programs.
Bentley University is renowned for integrating the study of the arts and sciences with a world-class business education. Bentley's evolution over the past century reflects an institutional history of innovation. Its transformation from a local accounting school to a nationally recognized university is a function of its ambition, strong values and visionary leadership.
As Bentley embarks on its second century, it seeks a dean of arts and sciences who will play an integral role in refining and redefining the hallmark of a Bentley education. In partnership with the dean of business, the interim provost and a president to be named in the coming months, the next dean of arts and sciences will have an unprecedented and exciting platform from which to shape not only the future of Bentley University but to influence the future of undergraduate education in our nation and beyond. Through exceptional leadership, colleagueship and collaboration, the dean will help Bentley to build upon its distinctive strengths, enhance its academic excellence and secure its position as a leading national university.
Reporting to the provost, the dean will oversee eight academic departments and work closely with an outstanding faculty and staff, providing inspirational leadership to forge new initiatives and unite an academic community to address institutional challenges. The dean will be an articulate and compelling spokesperson for the importance of the arts and sciences to an exceptional business education as well as to the intellectual and civic development of students. The dean will help lead a review of Bentley's general education curriculum; advance strategic priorities and shape new institutional goals; strengthen an institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion; be a tireless advocate for faculty development; serve as a champion of the university's growing research initiatives; and foster innovation across the institution.
The dean oversees all educational and co-curricular activities in the arts and sciences, including the general education core curriculum, Liberal Studies Major, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Hoffman Center for Business Ethics, Valente Center for Arts & Sciences, Center for Integration of Science and Industry and the Honors Program.
As a senior university leader, the dean is a member of the President's Cabinet, which manages the university's daily operations and assures that strategic directives are implemented effectively within and across divisions. The dean of arts and sciences and dean of business work in close partnership with one another and with the provost to whom they report. Together, the three officers comprise the executive leadership of the Office of the Provost. Through this office, the deans and the provost set Bentley's strategic academic priorities, assuring that they are fully aligned with the institutional mission and strategy and are supportive of other university divisions' goals and objectives. An associate dean and the chair of each department in the arts and sciences report to the dean.
The dean of arts and sciences is a key member of the Deans' Council, which serves to implement the strategic academic decisions and direction set by the Office of the Provost while ensuring that the business and arts and sciences faculty work collaboratively to advance the university's academic mission. Under the provost's direction, the Deans' Council has responsibility for: academic planning and goal setting; faculty selection, retention, evaluation, support and development; and fiscal planning and execution. Other Deans' Council members include the dean and associate dean of business, associate dean of arts and sciences, associate dean for academic affairs and the executive director of external relations.
The successful candidate will bring a strong record of scholarship, a demonstrated commitment to education, strong management and operational experience and the interpersonal and relationship-building skills to help Bentley realize its strategic goals. The next dean will have a doctoral degree or equivalent and academic achievements sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured, full professor.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
Bentley University has retained Witt/Kieffer to partner on this search. For more information and to read a comprehensive leadership profile visit wittkieffer.com. Candidate materials should be sent via e-mail to Robin Mamlet, Philip Tang and Robert W. Luke at BentleyDeanArtsSciences@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached at (630) 575-6178.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received as soon as possible but no later than February 16, 2018. Candidates should provide a CV, a letter of application and the names of five references. References will not be contacted without prior approval.
Bentley University requires reference checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.
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