Dean of the College of Arts, Education and Sciences

Job description

Clarion University seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative leader to assume the position of Dean of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences. The dean will provide vision, strategic leadership, planning and coordination for the college and its related programs.  Clarion University seeks an individual with vision and integrity who can work effectively with the provost, director of the School of Education, faculty and staff in enhancing the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences at Clarion University.  Although the start date is negotiable, the dean will be expected to begin service no later than July 1, 2019.

Founded in 1867, Clarion University, one of the 14 universities that make up the Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), specializes in preparing students for professional careers in fields such as education, business, health and human services, and arts and sciences.  Enrolling more than 5,000 students from 44 states and 22 countries, Clarion offers more than 100 academic programs and leads PASSHE in the number of degree programs accredited nationally.

Located in western Pennsylvania, Clarion Borough has more than 6,000 residents living in a community that includes a historic main street, specialty shops, restaurants, a mall with a state-of-the-art movie theater, and a hospital. Recognized as the “Autumn Leaf Capital of the World,” Clarion is regarded as one of the top outdoor recreational areas in Pennsylvania. With a backdrop of rolling wooded hills, the Clarion community offers canoeing, horseback riding, camping and, for those who love winter activities, 12 miles of snowmobile trails, ice skating and cross-country ski trails in Cook Forest State Park.

The university also includes Clarion University -- Venango (located in nearby Oil City, PA); Clarion University, Pittsburgh site (which offers programs at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh); and a robust online presence leading to the institution’s recognition as a leader in distance education.

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The successful candidate will have earned a terminal degree in an appropriate academic discipline offered within the college and granted by an accredited institution, and will have shown evidence of accomplishments requisite for a senior faculty appointment, such as service as an academic department chairperson. In addition, they will possess a strong record of leadership as a faculty member, teacher, scholar and administrator, have a deep knowledge of higher education trends, and possess engaging interpersonal and communication skills. The dean will promote faculty development, curricular program innovation, student success, as well as foster positive and productive relationships among faculty and staff. The dean will lead and give direction to the college, support enrollment management for the present and future, effectively monitor accreditation and demonstrate academic leadership, robust budget skills that have been tempered by experience with lean and declining budgets, understand and support the importance of shared governance and collective bargaining, foster student success and involvement, recruit and retain a diverse and exemplary faculty, staff and student body, contribute to the university’s vision, work with the entire campus community to enhance the university’s standing within Clarion borough, the region and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Review of applicants will begin January 31, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must complete a successful on campus interview. Prior to employment the successful candidate will be required to obtain and submit current clearances from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI.

Application materials should include: 1) a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate's experiences and qualifications intersect with the listed strategic priorities and desired leadership characteristics as identified in the position prospectus; 2) curriculum vitae; and, 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references for future contact. Please also include your professional relationship with each reference listed. All candidate names will remain confidential, except for those individuals invited to campus interviews. Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal employment and equal educational opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender, gender identity, race or color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, religion or creed, genetic information, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, or other classifications that are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other pertinent state and federal laws and regulations. Direct inquiries to the Title IX Coordinator, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 103 Carrier Administration Building, [email protected] or phone 814-393-2351, or  the Director of Social Equity, 210 Carrier Administration Building 16214-1232; Email [email protected] or phone 814-393-2109. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201.





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Posted: 12/19/2018
Application Due: 2/17/2019
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