Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Job description

The University of Denver (DU), a private institution dedicated to the public good, invites nominations and applications for the Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Please send all nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest, in confidence and electronically, to:

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Beth McCarthy, Senior Associate

As the University's largest and most varied academic community, the College is composed of artists, learners, performers, scholars, scientists, teachers-all agents for positive change. Essential to realizing DUs mission, CAHSS is home to more than 2,100 undergraduate majors and minors and 270 graduate students. CAHSS courses equip undergraduate students with the fundamental skills to think critically, communicate strategically, solve problems, pursue passions, and make meaningful contributions to our local and global communities. Graduate students explore issues at the cutting edge for their fields through more than 20 graduate degree programs.

CAHSS maintains an operating budget of $70M supported by a $40M endowment portfolio. The College is home to total personnel of 340, comprised of 250 faculty and 90 staff. In 2019 fundraising surpassed the $5.5M annual goal and in fiscal year 2020, CAHSS had $18.5M in total research and sponsored projects spanning 10 departments, with 58 total awards.

The University of Denver
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, doctoral-granting university with high research activity and robust undergraduate and graduate education. DU has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. The University plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic, and educational vibrancy of the fast-growing city and region it calls home.

Role of the Dean The Dean will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Reporting directly to and closely collaborating with the Provost, the Dean will have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, management operations and external engagement that support the work of the College. In collaboration with the CAHSS leadership team and faculty, the Dean will work to shape the future of and articulate a compelling vision for the College. Internally, the Dean will create space for collaboration and continuous improvement, while removing barriers that impede progress. Additionally, the Dean will encourage and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and be visible and accessible to the broad community of the College.

Experience and Qualifications The next Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences must have a distinguished academic record that merits appointment as a tenured full professor at DU in an appropriate discipline within CAHSS. Candidates should have a record of sustained excellence in research/scholarship/creative work, teaching, and service. In addition, this individual must have appropriate administrative experience in a comparably complex institution. Further, the ideal Dean candidate will possess many of the following preferred qualifications and experiences:
  • ability to think strategically and develop, articulate and advocate for a shared, innovative vision for the liberal arts;
  • exemplary record of advancing initiatives in support of diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated appreciation for the value of diversity in all its forms among students, faculty, staff, and College leadership and within the curriculum;
  • demonstrated success in developing, mentoring and retaining talented faculty, staff and administrators;
  • record of supporting and rewarding faculty in their work as researchers, performers, practitioners, teachers, and mentors;
  • an unwavering commitment to students, their experiences and outcomes;
  • interdisciplinary perspective, able to identify and nurture curricular and research opportunities across disciplines, departments and units;
  • nuanced understanding of the evolving nature of higher education in the 21st century and success navigating strategic responses;
  • sound fiscal stewardship with exceptional budgetary and financial management skills;
  • demonstrated capacity to succeed in fundraising and external relations;
  • strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills; and
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills.
To be most successful in the DU community, candidates will demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics:
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit;
  • ability to articulate with passion the role and value of liberal arts;
  • intellectual curiosity and appreciation for the full range of disciplines represented by the College;
  • a global perspective;
  • an empathetic, agile and accessible leadership style;
  • commitment to and appreciation of collaboration and transparency;
  • a record of exemplary personal and professional integrity and accountability; and
  • appreciation of the values and culture of CAHSS and University of Denver.
The start date is negotiable with the expectation that the Dean will begin summer 2021.




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Job No: 493300
Posted: 10/27/2020
Application Due: 12/10/2020
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable