Dean, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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Dean, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences





Position Summary:

The Dean, Liberal Arts provides vision, leadership and support to the departments of English, Communication, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities and Performing Arts.

Reporting and Supervisory Relationships:

1. Reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

2. Direct supervisory relationship with Chair and Coordinators of the Liberal Arts department.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Collaborates with Chairs and Coordinators in strategic planning for the division.

2. Provides leadership and effective support for faculty-led assessment and enhancement of student learning.

3. Develops, in consultation with chairs and coordinators, a master schedule that maximizes enrollment and responds to students’ needs.

4. Provides leadership and support to faculty in recruitment and articulation activities with secondary schools, community organizations, business and industry, and four-year colleges and universities.

5. Collaborates with chairs and coordinators on curriculum review and approves all curricular changes.

6. Researches and supports development of new programs and courses.

7. Promotes and facilitates faculty development.

8. Supports and advises chairs and coordinators on academic matters and attends departmental meetings as warranted.

9. Interviews finalists for full-time faculty positions and collaborates with the Vice President of Academic Affairs in recommending candidates to the President and Board of Trustees.

10. Evaluates all tenure-track and tenured faculty, prepares pre- and post-tenure reviews, and makes tenure recommendations.

11. Works with coordinators in mentoring and evaluating adjunct faculty; provides final approval for adjunct hiring, and oversees their reassignment in adherence to the adjunct faculty contract.

12. Develops and oversees the budget for assigned areas. Verifies full-time faculty overload pay and adjunct salaries. Reviews bi-weekly payroll.

13. Supports and advises faculty on student issues and administers the process for addressing student concerns, waivers and grade appeals.

14. Supports the faculty, chairs and coordinators in conducting and writing program and accreditation reviews and finalizes the reports for all departmental programs.

15. Supports the coordinators of career programs in working with their Advisory Committees; attends advisory meetings, and ensures compliance with policies and procedures.

16. Evaluates the need for new equipment, makes sure equipment is purchased in a timely way and assumes responsibility for the equipment inventory. Promotes the integration of technology into instruction.

17. Supports the inclusion of multicultural and global perspectives across the curriculum.

18. Collaborates with the Division of Corporate and Continuing Professional Education to provide appropriate non-credit courses.

19. Works on tasks related to the Grow Your Own grant and serves as liaison to Governors State University and local school districts.

20. In addition to the above duties, performs other tasks as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

21. Represents the College and establishes relationships with appropriate local, regional, state and national organizations.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Employee is subject to indoor work, protected from weather conditions. Work is sedentary in nature and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently/constantly in order to life, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Master’s degree in a liberal arts discipline.

2. Academic administrative experience at the level of department chair or above.

3. Demonstrated excellence in analytical, oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

4. Demonstrated computer competency.

5. College teaching experience, preferably at a community college.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience in curriculum development.

2. Experience working in a multicultural environment.

3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the assessment of student learning, instructional technology, scheduling and budgeting, and faculty development.

4. Doctorate or graduate work beyond Master’s.


minimum starting-$86,000

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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time