Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Louisiana State University invites applications for the position of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 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.
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.
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 Humanities & Social Sciences is foundational to the entire University. For students from throughout the University as well as its own majors, the College’s courses develop the communication and critical-thinking skills they will need for success in college and in life. The faculty produces quality research supported by private, state and federal funds.
The College consists of a wide range of outstanding departments and programs that foster an understanding of societies and cultures and prepare our students to be better citizens of our state, nation, and world. We often consider the College an incubator for the rest of the University, promoting interdisciplinary study and housing multiple vibrant interdisciplinary programs.
The College consists of departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, English, French Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography and Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The College also includes International Studies, Disaster Science and Management, Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), African and African American Studies, the Center for French and Francophone Studies, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Military Sciences, Film and Media Arts, the Southern Regional Climate Center, the Voegelin Institute (devoted to the revitalization of teaching and understanding of the “great books” of Western civilization), and Women’s and Gender Studies. In addition, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences offer services to students and people from the surrounding Baton Rouge community through a specialized clinic and center: The LSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and Psychological Services Center.
The Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College (HSSRC), located in Residential College One - North Hall, is open to first-year students of all majors in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The HSSRC focuses on first year student success.
More information about the College can be found on the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences website: http://hss.lsu.edu.
Applicants and nominees must hold a terminal degree in a discipline within the College. In addition, they must demonstrate evidence of distinguished teaching and scholarly work sufficient to qualify for appointment as a tenured full professor; administrative skills in an academic or professional setting, such as experience at the department chair level or above, or equivalent; ability to manage complex budget issues; ability to develop collaborative ties with other universities and the broader community; appreciation of the diversity of disciplines in the College; ability to foster interdisciplinary research and develop interdisciplinary programs; commitment to quality and diversity in the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff; strong communication skills with internal and external constituencies; projection to improve and expand online curriculum; commitment to shared governance and faculty involvement in determining the goals, mission and policies of the College. The ability to secure external resources through nationally competitive grants and through private fund raising is important.
Letters of nomination should be e-mailed to Katie Bankston, Executive Recruiter, at [email protected] Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website. 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 September 17, 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. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
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.