Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Dec 07, 2018
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The University of North Dakota seeks a Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences
Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
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The Position:
Reporting directly to the University Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, the Dean is the chief executive and academic officer of the CAS and the primary liaison with the University. The Dean is a key player in the University's academic administration; involved centrally in issues including strategic planning, budget, curriculum, facilities, and research. Moreover, the Dean is a key participant in external relations of the University, including fundraising, alumni relations, economic development, legislative priorities (federal and state) and public relations. As a participant in a broad range of institutional discussions and decision-making, the Dean must maintain perspective on the entire range of education and research on our exceptional and diverse campus, including different kinds of service, different academic programs and externally and internally supported research.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Accountability for the College’s sound management of resources - fiscal, facilities, and human.
  • Strategic planning, including alignment of plans for educational, research and other activities in the College.
  • Developing, implementing, maintaining and promoting high-quality academic programs and curriculum that support and achieve the mission and values of the College and the University.
  • Collaborating with faculty to streamline curriculum across all modes of delivery, develop strategic online courses and programs, integrate innovate pedagogy including high-impact practices, and align and promote high-quality academic programs that meet demand.
  • Promoting and improving student success, retention, and graduation rates through retention initiatives and recruiting and increasing undergraduate, graduate and professional enrollment.
  • Ensuring that every department has a diversity, assessment and strategic plan aligned with institutional priorities and establishes enrollment, retention, placement, scholarship, and other metrics to meet college research/creative activity and student success goals.
  • Advancing research, scholarship, and creative activities which enhance discovery at a level consistent with research-intensive universities.
  • Fostering a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus climate.
  • Attracting support for the University and the College through active engagement of alumni, community, industry, donors and other external constituents.


  • Creates and sustains a work environment based on ethics, integrity, trust, and accountability.
  • Gains others’ support for ideas, proposals, projects, and solutions.
  • Analyzes the University’s competitive position by considering higher education trends, current and future students, research sponsors, as well as UND’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Proactively anticipates and identifies areas of opportunity and improvement along with the establishment of clear directives and guidance.
  • Delegates effectively and efficiently to implement solutions and perpetuate development.
  • Develops, maintains, and strengthens partnerships inside and outside the University.


  • Terminal degree in any of the disciplines within the College (or in related areas) with a substantial record of scholarly activity that merits appointment as a Full Professor and tenure in an appropriate department within the College.
  • Five years of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration with a strong record of excellence.
  • A commitment to and vision for education, scholarship, research, and innovation.
  • An understanding of ways to support, provide professional development and advancement opportunities to faculty.
  • Knowledge of outcomes assessment, accreditation, and continuous improvement in evaluating the quality of teaching, curriculum, and student success.
  • Demonstrated leadership and fiscal expertise exemplified through an understanding of enrollment management, budgeting, forecasting, fiduciary accountability, and transparency.
  • Knowledge of current higher education trends, challenges, and demands as they may relate to UND.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working in a diverse, multicultural environment and a commitment to and experience with increasing diversity and inclusion of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • A commitment to fundraising and relationship cultivation.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

About the Institution:
The University of North Dakota (UND) is a public research university established in 1883. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. UND was recently ranked among the top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2017 and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. Currently, the University offers 200+ fields of study for nearly 15,000 students. Grand Forks boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, and annual events throughout the year. Ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles. UND is right at home in this vibrant college town of over 55,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. UND is admired for its spacious, beautiful campus and extensive natural resources.

  • UND is the flagship research university in the state with five focus research areas: health & biomedical sciences, energy and the environmental sustainability, rural health and social problems, unmanned aircraft systems, and big data.
  • UND has an innovative strategic plan that will ensure it is the chief opportunity engine for North Dakota and its students and the premier flagship university in the Northern Plains.
  • The $100M Ralph Englestad Arena is home to UND’s hockey team (currently ranked among the top 20).
  • UND has recently upgraded significant facilities across campus including: $124M medical school, $29M renovation, and addition to Wilkerson Hall dining center, $11.5M renovation and addition to the Law School, $18M athletics high-performance center.

The College of Arts & Sciences:
The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at the University of North Dakota is the state’s top-ranked liberal arts college, enhancing the lives of North Dakota’s citizens, and people across the world through its liberal arts education, research, and creative scholarship. With a focus on the humanities, visual and performing arts, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences, the departments and disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs of the College provide students with a breadth of knowledge and applied experience ensuring they are creative problem-solvers and future leaders. Graduates of the College are team-oriented problem-solvers who appreciate global and domestic diversity; they are effective communicators who can think analytically, act ethically, and practice inclusivity.

The College of Arts & Sciences has over 173 full-time faculty, 59 part-time and full-time instructors, 47 support staff, 500 graduate students and 2,900 undergraduate students in 20 academic departments/programs/units as well as several institutes and clinics. Faculty and staff have been recognized for their extraordinary success in teaching, research, service, advising, and community engagement. Faculty research and creative activity informs teaching and affords students research and creative-activity experiences, furthers disciplinary knowledge, improves quality of life, and often transcends disciplinary boundaries.

To Apply:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by January 20, 2019 will be given first consideration. To apply online, go to:

Please submit a PDF version of your complete curriculum vita/resume and a cover letter of application highlighting the qualifications for the position.

Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

For further information or to make nominations:

Stephanie Fowler
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 530-677-9945
[email protected]

UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

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