Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences

River Forest, Illinois
Oct 04, 2019
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Dominican University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences (RCAS).

The Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences will provide the leadership to advance the future of the College through innovation in the design and delivery of high-quality liberal arts and sciences education. To further strengthen Dominican University’s distinction in educating students normally underrepresented in higher education, the dean will address the following priorities: articulate a clear unifying vision for Rosary College while developing a leading model of 21st century liberal arts and sciences education; work with faculty, staff, and students to support the College’s high-quality teaching and learning environment; effectively lead while building and nurturing partnerships within the College, across the University, and with the broader community; and support and advance Dominican University’s institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About The Rosary College of Arts and Sciences:
Rosary College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Dominican University, steeped in a rich Catholic intellectual tradition. In keeping with Dominican University’s mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world, the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences strives to embody a community of learners. All majors share a deep commitment to modes of teaching, learning, and research that translate theory into practice in service of the common good. Rosary College of Arts and Sciences is the academic home of 16 departments, 39 majors, and 55 minors, including programs in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, the arts, and many that cross disciplines. RCAS has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 undergraduate and graduate-level students and is served by 92 full-time and 121 contingent faculty. Approximately 85% of faculty have a terminal degree.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a field within or complementary to one of the disciplines represented in the College; bring progressive, effective, and broad leadership, administrative, and supervisory experience across fields within a liberal arts and sciences college environment; be eligible for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor in the College; demonstrate the capacity to understand, embrace, and champion the mission and values of the Catholic Dominican intellectual traditions; and be an interculturally competent leader who has a record advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A fuller leadership profile is available here ( to assist qualified individuals in assessing their interest in this position.

The Dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences will be expected to assume office by July 1, 2020.

About Dominican University:
Dominican University is a premier Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago, with an enrollment of about 3,000 students. Dominican University is considered the #1 ranked university in the Midwest for ensuring the social mobility of its graduates, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2020 "Best Colleges" issue also ranked Dominican #11 out of 162 Midwest master's level universities overall. Dominican has been among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities for more than two decades. U.S. News also ranked Dominican as the Best Value in the state of Illinois, and it listed Dominican within the top 15 Midwest universities for the quality of its undergraduate teaching. The student body reflects great social, economic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The total student body is 71% female, 48% Hispanic/Latinx, and 7% Black/African-American, and 48% of undergraduates are first-generation college students.

Applications received online at by November 15, 2019, will be ensured full consideration; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and vision for the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences; a current curriculum vitae; and a list of five (5) professional references (including full contact information and brief notes explaining relationships). References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Confidential inquiries and expressions of interest may be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Roberto Curci, Vice Provost and Dean of the Brennan School of Business ([email protected]).

Applicants who progress in the search process will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Submission instructions will be provided.

A background screening is required.

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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