Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
About Arkansas Tech University
Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech University is a comprehensive public institution with a rich history; it has the distinction of being the third largest and one of the fastest-growing universities in the state. Located in Russellville, ATU is dedicated to student success, access, and excellence as a responsive campus community providing opportunities for progressive intellectual development and civic engagement. Embracing and expanding upon its technological traditions, ATU inspires and empowers members of the community to achieve their goals while striving for the betterment of Arkansas, the nation and the world. Arkansas Tech serves approximately 12,000 students (11,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate) through its campuses in Russellville and Ozark. On its main Russellville campus, ATU offers more than 120 undergraduate programs of study and more than 25 graduate degree options in its Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, eTech, Natural and Health Sciences and the Graduate College.
ATU’s 559-acre campus is small enough that students receive individual attention, yet large enough to provide a quality education. Its graduation rate is among the highest in the state and region. The student-faculty ratio is 19:1, with 44.3 percent of classes having fewer than 20 students. The university boasts a vibrant and varied student life, offering more than 100 Registered Student Organizations representing a variety of interests: Academic/Professional, Fine Arts, Fraternity/Sorority, Honorary, Multicultural, Recreational, Religious, Special Interest, and Student Governance. Athletically ATU’s teams, known as the Wonder Boys (men) and Golden Suns (women), compete in 10 NCAA Division II sports and are five-time Great American Conference All-Sports Trophy winners (2012-16). The university offers strong intramural and club sports programs as well. For more information about the University, visit https://www.atu.edu
About the Position
Arkansas Tech University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities with an expected start date of January 2020. The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The College of Arts & Humanities, ATU’s largest college with a Fall 2018 undergraduate enrollment of 1,696 and a graduate enrollment of 184, includes the Departments of Art, Behavioral Sciences, English and World Languages, Music, History and Political Science, and Communication and Journalism. The college is administered by the dean, who is responsible for the coordination, development, evaluation and promotion of programs. The dean works in cooperation with the department heads to ensure quality in educational delivery and compliance with state and national accreditation standards. Other duties include oversight of the college and department budgets, representing the college within the university and the community, and other activities and projects as assigned.
Early Opportunities Include
• Leading and implementing strategic planning efforts for the college in alignment with ATU strategic plan
• Fostering development of programs to meet demand
• Promoting interdisciplinary program development Essential Responsibilities
• Represent the college on appropriate university committees and participate in policy development
• Enforce all policies, procedures, rules, and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees and comply with the State of Arkansas’ ethics laws
• Make recommendations for promotion and tenure
• Oversee department heads and college office staff
• Facilitate development and scholarly activities of faculty and staff as appropriate
• Provide leadership in program and curriculum development
• Maintain specialized program accreditation
• Provide leadership for student success initiatives
• Oversee college budget planning and external funding
• Lead college diversity initiatives and foster an environment of inclusion
• Represent the college within the university and the community
• Work collegially with academic deans, all members of the campus community, and key stakeholders external to the university
• Encourage a creative and engaging environment for students, faculty, and staff
• Lead and execute strategic plan in alignment with institutional strategic plan
• Encourage and facilitate shared governance and distributed leadership
• Resolve complex problems and conflict constructively while exercising a high level of discretion, integrity, and independent judgement
• Complete special projects as assigned
Required Qualifications: An earned terminal degree from an accredited university within a discipline offered by the college. Demonstrated success in teaching, scholarship, and service appropriate for faculty appointment at the rank of full professor in an academic discipline of the college. Expectation of mentoring and supporting faculty in teaching, research, and service. Evidence of effective administrative leadership and experience with planning, personnel management, and budgeting as a dean, associate dean, department head or program coordinator at a four-year institution. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with colleagues within and external to the campus. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to valuing the vast disciplinary and program diversity that exists in the College of Arts & Humanities.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated leadership skills and a successful record of collegial/shared governance and distributed leadership that supports faculty, staff, students, and larger community. Evidence of cooperative management style and fostering an inclusive environment for diverse populations. Experience securing external funding. Commitment to development of innovative teaching and instructional technologies and academic programs. Ability to lead college in implementing a strategic plan to envision new opportunities for the college and align with university priorities. Commitment to implement student success initiatives to aid in recruitment, persistence, and completion. Experience leading and/or facilitating accreditation efforts and quality assurance programs. Able to resolve conflict and complex problems while exercising a high level of discretion and integrity.
The College of Arts & Humanities has 103 full-time faculty members and offers a variety of innovative programs unique to the state and region, as well as a regionally renown Music Program; thriving and growing Study Abroad Program; two of ATU’s largest majors (B.A. Psychology and B.A. Rehabilitation Science); totally online graduate and undergraduate programs; and the Associate of Arts in General Education, which is the cornerstone of the University. Faculty are extremely accomplished, having secured more external grants and published more scholarship than any other college at ATU for the past three years. Additionally, they have won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 13 out of 24 years and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship 14 out of 24 years.
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To apply for this position, visit https://www.highereducationleadershipsearch.com/candidate-portal-form
Bill Meehan, Ed.D. will be assisting the University with the search. If you have questions or would like to have a confidential conversation about the position, call 256-239-2305 or e-mail [email protected]. Arkansas Tech University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and specifically invites applications from women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.
Review of applications will begin on October 18, 2019.