Dean for the College of Professional Studies

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Dean for the College of Professional Studies

Humboldt State University

JOB #1920-27

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty, staff, and administrators of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state
Humboldt State University (HSU) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Professional Studies (CPS). HSU serves over 8,000 students, and the College of Professional Studies (CPS) serves 2,782 students. The Dean is expected to be committed to student-centered learning, research, and community engagement. Candidates should demonstrate an active and collaborative working style; a commitment to rigorous, innovative and effective teaching; and dedication to diverse cultural perspectives and multiple learning styles.

The salary for this position lies within the Administrative IV range, and comes with an excellent benefits package. The position is covered by the CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, the incumbent is subject to normal management reviews and serves at the pleasure of the University President. Additional Management Personnel Plan information can be found at the following website:

Minimum qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or comparable terminal degree in one of the disciplines within the College, and credentials appropriate for a tenured appointment at the rank of professor within CPS;
  • At least three years of successful academic administrative experience (at program leader or department chair level or above), including strategic planning, managing complex budgets and personnel supervision;
  • Ability to work effectively with and enhance a diverse campus community and strong commitment to support inclusive excellence through the University and community; and
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to resolve conflicts effectively.

    Strongest candidates will have a record demonstrating:
  • Evidence of promoting inclusive excellence, multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary perspectives and experiences in an academic setting;
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to excellent teaching and scholarship;
  • Commitment to the integration of undergraduate and graduate research into the academic experience;
  • Success in strategic planning, budget responsibility, and management of faculty, staff and facilities;
  • Evidence of supporting innovative hands-on learning and internship opportunities for students;
  • Familiarity with information technology innovations for higher education;
  • Evidence of effectively working in academic settings in which the scope of work is shaped by shared governance, and fostering trust and communication with faculty, staff, administrators, and students;
  • Evidence of successfully contributing to program, major, or university-wide accreditation and curriculum development;
  • Evidence of supporting successful faculty development and student success (retention, graduation, achievement gap) strategies;
  • Interest in supporting interdisciplinary courses/programs; and
  • A record of success in gaining external funding or philanthropy.

    At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page:

    Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

    Responsibilities of the Dean:
    The Dean is the chief academic officer for the college and reports directly to the Provost. The Dean provides academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership for the college, promotes departmental success within a shared governance environment, and works with the rest of the University community and beyond to further the University's vision. The Dean will work with faculty, staff, and students to shape a vision for CPS under the University's strategic plan. The Dean of CPS is responsible for helping foster success among the various CPS faculty, programs, and departments as they contribute to the larger university vision. Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Personnel Management (e.g. attract and retain excellent and diverse faculty and staff; support faculty development and teaching excellence; review faculty and staff for retention and promotion);
  • Academic and Curricular Planning (e.g. support curriculum and program development; participate in campus-wide planning, policy design and implementation; provide leadership in assessment);
  • Resource Management (e.g. administer financial, staffing and physical resources, including those for instruction and research);
  • Advancement (e.g. develop and promote community and university relations; facilitate external funding and grants);
  • Enrollment Management (e.g. support student recruitment and retention; actively engage faculty and staff in identifying best practices; analyze and develop strategies to diversify campus).

    General Information:
    The College of Professional Studies is one of three colleges at Humboldt State University. It includes the departments of Child Development, Economics, Kinesiology and Recreation Administration, Psychology, Social Work, School of Business, and the School of Education. CPS offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Leadership Studies), Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts (Education and Psychology), Master of Science (Kinesiology), Master of Social Work, and various post-graduate teacher credentials. CPS educates individuals to be outstanding leaders in their fields, who share a powerful commitment to lifelong learning and promoting equity of opportunity in a diverse society. The college is a trendsetter in hands-on learning and online education. Over 500 internship opportunities are offered to students every year. Detailed information about the College, its mission, and its programs can be found at:

    Humboldt State University (HSU), located in Arcata, California, 275 miles north of San Francisco, is a proud member of the public California State University (CSU) system with a strong history of acting on its ideals of social justice and environmental responsibility. HSU has been ranked as a top Western university (U.S. News & World Report) and a “Best in the West" college (Princeton Review). HSU has also been recognized as a Green College, and in 2016 won a national “Outdoor Nation” challenge. It is also a Military-Friendly, Vegan-Friendly, and LGBT-Friendly institution. HSU hosts nationally recognized performers, speakers, and art exhibitions and is a regional center for the arts. HSU students enjoy a rich campus life through more than 180 campus clubs, access to a state-of-the-art recreational facility, and 11 NCAA Division II athletic teams.

    HSU is committed to diversity in all forms; it has recently been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is located amongst the largest population of American Indians in the state, and maintains strong relationships with the twelve federally recognized tribes in its service area.

    Application: Qualified candidates should electronically submit the following materials through Interfolio:

    Click here to apply:

  • Letter of interest with summary of qualifications;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
  • Names and contact information for at least four (4) professional references who can speak to your qualifications for the position.

    Additional materials may be requested.

    Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than January 28th, 2019. Early response is encouraged.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

    A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

    Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

    Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

    New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

    If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or [email protected]

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    Posted: 12/21/2018
    Application Due: 2/4/2019
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