Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
The University of Alabama (UA) seeks a strategic and collaborative leader with a high scholarly profile and/or artistic record to serve as the next Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The next Dean will develop a future-oriented vision for UA's largest division and provide leadership on planning, curricular, research, and budgetary decisions. The next Dean will also engage with alumni, the business community, and state and federal government officials to advance the goals of the College and University. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree and qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor in one of the College's departments. The candidate must also possess a significant and progressive record of higher education leadership.
The University, located in the city of Tuscaloosa (http://www.tuscaloosa.com/), is one of the nation's premier public universities offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study. UA's more than 1,000 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. In fall 2018, UA reached a record high enrollment of 38,392 with 6,663 entering freshmen. Approximately 40 percent of UA's freshman class scored 30 or higher on the ACT. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 600 currently on campus. As the state's flagship university, UA has recently achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (formerly R1) status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The University has over 1,800 faculty with twenty-six receiving the NSF's CAREER Award, the nation's most prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists, in disciplines ranging from nanoscience and engineering to biological sciences.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest division and the academic heart of the University, offering the foundational disciplines on which all others depend. There are approximately 8,400 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students in over 100 programs of study across 64 fields spanning the arts, sciences, and social sciences. The College consists of 23 departments and offers 19 academic programs that are not offered anywhere else in the state. The College's 568 full-time faculty include internationally recognized scientists, writers, artists, and scholars teaching in Arts & Sciences classrooms and labs. Arts & Sciences students work closely with professors who are not merely experts in their disciplines, but also creators of new knowledge. Nearly a third of the College's undergraduates work on independent research and creative projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. The College is recognized nationally for the number of undergraduate and graduate students who receive national awards and scholarships.
Applications should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to: [email protected]. Best consideration will be given to applications received by March 18, 2019.
Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Ann Die Hasselmo at [email protected], Chris Butler at [email protected], or Jennifer Kooken at [email protected], consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Further information about the University of Alabama is available at https://www.ua.edu/. For more information on the College of Arts and Sciences see https://as.ua.edu/.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases.
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