Dean - School of Arts and Sciences

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Title:Dean - School of Arts and Sciences Department:Schl of Arts & Sciences 1001707 Job Category:Administrative Regular/Temporary:Regular Open Date:01/24/2019 Description:

ABAC’s goal is to contribute to a better-educated Georgia. To that end, the institution engages in a comprehensive planning and assessment process, enabling it to build upon its many strengths. The College’s faculty, staff, and administration are committed to excellence in preparing students to be informed, productive citizens.


  • The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is the largest of the four schools of study and provides the majority of general education course work. The School offers five baccalaureate degree programs: Agricultural Communications, Biology, History and Government, Rural Community Development, and Writing and Communication. Additionally, a highly successful Associate Degree of Fine Arts in Music program is housed within the SAS.
  • The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources has the largest enrollment of bachelor’s degree seeking students, numbering over 1200 students. Nursing is the most popular associate degree with nearly 600 students pursuing Registered Nurse (RN) status after completing the degree requirements.
  • In addition to the degrees offered in the SAS, ABAC’s other three schools offer seven baccalaureate degree programs, including degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Business, Natural Resource Management, Nursing (RN to BSN), and Environmental Horticulture.
  • The student engagement program, STEPS, is based on the college’s mission and is a central part of the strategic plan. It focuses on internships, mentored research, and study abroad.
  • Student enrollment draws from 155 of the 159 Georgia counties, nineteen states, and twenty-four countries. More than 1,300 students live in apartment-style residence halls on the Tifton campus.
  • Among other features that make ABAC unique, the Tifton campus includes a nine-hole golf course, horse stables, a 200-acre farm teaching laboratory, and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
  • ABAC is designated as Georgia’s State College of Agriculture by the University System of Georgia.

Job Description

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences oversees five academic departments and works closely with faculty and staff, providing essential and compelling leadership that supports the overall mission of the institution through strong academic programs. The SAS provides the majority of the core curriculum, substantially contributing to the development of students’ critical thinking, communication, and research skills.

The Dean of SAS works in close partnership with the three other academic deans, the executive director of the four other instructional sites, and the provost to whom they report. The deans and the provost set ABAC's strategic academic priorities, assuring that these priorities are fully aligned with the institution’s mission and strategy and are supportive of the college’s auxiliary divisions' goals and objectives. The five department heads within the SAS report to the Dean. The four instructional sites outside of Tifton are spread across a broad section of Southwest Georgia.

The SAS Dean is responsible for coordinating administrative decisions within the school, collaborating with the department heads and faculty. A large portion of time is devoted to the budget process and allocation of resources to the departments, which are further managed by the department heads and faculty. Furthermore, the Dean is responsible for coordinating with department heads and faculty to create, support, and utilize working relationships with industry and alumni to foster the recruitment, professional development, and placement of students. The Dean coordinates the acquisition of public and private support for programs through grant funding, in-kind donations, financial donations, partnerships with industry, cooperatives with governmental agencies, as well as other means of resource development.

The successful candidate will bring a strong record of scholarship, demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education, have management and operational experience, and possess interpersonal and relationship-building skills to help ABAC realize its strategic goals. The position of Dean requires a combination of formal academic training, experience, leadership, and management to warrant an appointment at the professor level. A terminal degree in a discipline appropriate to the School of Arts and Sciences is required. The position is a twelve-month, tenure-track position.

Closing Date: March 1, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.


Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.



To apply: Application materials required include a cover letter; an ABAC faculty application; a current CV; the names, addresses, email, and telephone numbers for three professional references; and unofficial transcripts from all academic institutions attended.

All materials are accepted at Finalists will have to submit official transcripts, which can be sent via secure transmission from the candidate’s higher education institution.


Office of Human Resources

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Phone: 229-391-4890

Email: [email protected]


All offers of employment are contingent upon the results of a background check.


Links to sources for additional information:

New Fine Arts Building

Strategic Plan

Tifton City Government

Tifton Community Movies

USG Benefits Summary

Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village

Forest Lakes Golf Club




Position Summary:

Dean and Professor

The School of Arts and Sciences

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College announces a nationwide search for a new Dean and Professor for the School of Arts & Sciences.


Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is a state college in the University System of Georgia, located in Southwest Georgia and comprising five instructional sites. The main campus is in Tifton, Georgia which has been named one of the 100 best small towns in America. ABAC enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate students and offers fifteen undergraduate majors with specialized concentrations associated with many of these majors.

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution;
  • At least four years of significant academic leadership experience as a dean, department head or comparable role in higher education;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management, evidence-based decision making, and strategic planning;
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and with advanced intercultural skills in a diverse work environment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong collaborative leadership style and practice;
  • Capacity to motivate and inspire others;
  • Outstanding communication skills—speaking, listening, and fostering conversations;
  • Deep understanding of the history, cultures, and philosophies of higher education and contemporary trends and challenges;
  • Strength in reasoning, emotional intelligence, patience, and understanding,
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently with little or no supervision;
  • Commitment to cultivating excellence in self and others.




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Posted: 1/28/2019
Application Due: 3/29/2019
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