Dean of the College
Dean of the College
Distinguished among its peers, Connecticut College seeks a creative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader to build on its strong educational vision and raise it to the next level of excellence, as a national leader in purpose-driven, integrative, equity-minded education. Reporting to President Katherine Bergeron, the dean of the college is the chief student success officer, serving as a member of the President’s cabinet and working collaboratively with key senior leaders and colleagues across the institution to ensure the highest quality student academic experience on campus and overseas.
The mission of Connecticut College is to educate students “to put the liberal arts into action as citizens of a global society.” That means combining rigorous academics with real-world experiences so that graduates will learn not just to make a living, but to make a difference. This much has been true since the founding of Connecticut College in 1911, but in the past six years, the College has seen its mission elevated to a whole new level.
It started in 2015, when the Connecticut College faculty created Connections, a nationally recognized program that promotes complex thinking, problem solving, and off-campus learning to prepare graduates for next-generation success. Connections is a holistic approach to higher education that allows students to turn their academic major into something much greater—by combining it with interdisciplinary study, a world language, off-campus learning, guaranteed internships and focused professional development. The dean of the college is the senior leader responsible for overseeing this four-year experience.
Working with senior colleagues, the dean is responsible for communicating with students, faculty, and families about all the ways the College is prepared to support students’ academic success, engagement, wellbeing, and professional development. With an innovative program in career preparation launched on the opening of the new Hale Center for Career Development and a significant new endowment supporting the next phase of development for the College’s signature Academic Resource Center, the next dean will have an exceptional opportunity to activate the synergies within the division to provide even more robust avenues for student excellence and achievement.
A team of nine (deans, associate deans, directors, and senior administrative assistant) report directly to the dean, along with 13 supporting staff members, who are responsible for the quality of the College’s outstanding advising programs for first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, including a unique team advising program; as well as the support of Connections, and the oversight and development of academic programs in support of student retention and success, career development, international programs, and fellowships. These include the Posse program, the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, and the Presidential Scholars program, along with a full range of awards and prizes recognizing student achievement.
INQUIRIES, NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS are invited from all qualified parties. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide a statement of interest, reflecting how their qualifications and experience match those described in this leadership profile, and include names and contact information for five references. References will be contacted only following candidate approval. Send materials to the search committee’s consultants, Charlene L. Aguilar and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D., at [email protected]. For full consideration, materials should be received no later than April 20, 2021.
As a selective residential liberal arts college, Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents, and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE.