Dean - Human Sciences and Education

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jul 01, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Louisiana State University invites applications for the position of the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education. The Dean reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the college. The Dean provides ultimate administrative oversight for all aspects of academic life within the college, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel development, academic programs, research enterprises and student enrollment. The Dean also has primary responsibilities for external initiatives that include community outreach and development.

About LSU:

LSU serves the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy land, sea, and space grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solving endemic problems. Among institutions of higher education, LSU is uniquely situated to provide a rich educational experience. The University boasts record breaking numbers of high achieving freshman students from underrepresented minorities indicating our commitment to diversity. The University’s success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of its faculty and students, but also by exploiting the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana. The University is guided by LSU Strategic Plan 2025, which identified six strategic opportunities for the institution over the coming years:

  • Advancing arts and culture;
  • Bridging the coast, energy, and environment;
  • Fostering research and catalyzing economic development;
  • Improving health and wellbeing;
  • Transforming education; and
  • Developing leaders.

The Community

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. The state capital is a diverse and thriving city that is home to both LSU and Southern University and numerous businesses and industrial facilities. Known for its great people, its unique food, and its lively music, the “Red Stick” has something for everyone. The Baton Rouge area offers an excellent selection of both public schools, including five of the top ten public school districts in the state, and private schools, including several of the top ones in the country.  Choose Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Baton Rouge, are fantastic resources for all things Baton Rouge.

The State of Louisiana has received numerous accolades in recent years, including:

  • Ranking No. 2 in the nation for private sector job growth in the South based on data from the US Bureau of Labor in 2015;
  • Ranking No.6 for low student loan debt following graduation in 2017 according to U.S. News;
  • Being named No. 7 in the nation for best living environment in the 2014 ranking of Best & Worst States for Business by Chief Executive magazine;
  • Ranking No. 1 nationwide in ACT score gains in 2015, according to Greater Baton Rouge Business Report; and
  • The Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, a 180-mile scenic byway, receiving an All-American Road designation.



About the College:

The College of Human Sciences and Education (CHSE) contains five parallel schools: School of Education (SOE), Leadership and Human Resources Development (SLHRD), Kinesiology (SOK), Library & Information Science (SLIS), and School of Social Work (SSW). The University Laboratory School (ULS) is also under the college umbrella, enrolling approximately 1,400 K-12 students. ULS was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2015. The college is home to the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP), which enrolls 175 children ages six weeks to four years old. The ECELP is a NAEYC accredited institution. CHSE offers 13 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate degree programs.  A total of 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students are enrolled in these programs. The College of Human Sciences and Education is the 3rd largest college on LSU’s campus, with a total of 3,020 students. All units have nationally award-winning faculty and students.

CHSE currently offers 11 online graduate and/or certificate programs. More information about CHSE’s online programs can be found at The college is also home to centers and institutes that fulfill CHSE’s mission to advance cognitive, social, emotional, communicative, and physical development across the lifespan. CHSE has a high profile on campus and a major impact on the quality of life of the citizens of Louisiana in the areas of education, information literacy, health and wellness, and social and human sciences. More information about CHSE’s centers and institutes can be found at

The diversity of disciplines and activities within the College becomes very clear in the variety of professional organizations that accredit the schools: the American Library Association (ALA), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

About Applicants and Nominees:

Applicants and nominees must hold an earned doctorate; demonstrated success in teaching, research, administration, and service; proven leadership and management ability; excellent communication skills; an understanding of budgeting processes in a complex research university; an aptitude for fundraising; and an outstanding record that merits tenure in a school within the College of Human Sciences and Education.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to educational quality and scholarly excellence, a record of working with others collaboratively, a record of capitalizing on emerging opportunities, and commitments to putting students first, to collegiality, and to shared governance. Further, the successful candidate will have experience with and a commitment to community engagement and outreach.

The faculty, staff, and students in this college care about people and about making positive impacts in their lives. Therefore, the new Dean will encourage the College’s faculty, staff, and students to express their talents and their visions of the differences they can make.  The successful candidate will have a history of empowering others; he or she will thrive on promoting the work and potential of the faculty and students in the College while helping to develop a vision of the potential of the College. Viewing the diversity within the College as a strength, the new Dean must serve as facilitator and consensus builder among a diverse assemblage of disciplines and perspectives while appreciating and supporting the unique identities of the individual units.

In an era in which the delivery of higher education faces major changes, the successful candidate will have a history of embracing change, demonstrating the flexibility and creativity to manage it. The new Dean will serve as an articulate and zealous advocate of the College within the Higher Education community, locally, nationally, and internationally. In that vein, the successful candidate will have a talent for attracting and retaining good people which he or she will apply to support and expand the work of the College. The successful candidate will also have experience generating substantial dollars from external constituencies (fundraising, self-generated funds and grants).

Letters of nomination may be e-mailed to Lauren Foster, Executive Recruiter, at [email protected]. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by October 1, 2019. Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least five professional references. All applications, nominations, and inquiries will remain confidential. References will not be contacted until after the first screening of applications and then only after the applicant has given explicit permission. All application materials must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Please apply through the LSU Workday site:

Louisiana State University is an exceptional university committed to serving its state, the nation, and the world through education, research, and public service. Located in one of America’s most beautiful and unique locations, LSU is a community of scholars and professionals committed to opportunity without restrictions that are based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


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