Internal Search for Interim Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Job Title: Internal Search for Interim Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Location: College of Social & Behavioral
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605364
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description
The Interim Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, enthusiastic team member who will contribute to the ongoing success and planned growth for the college. SBS offers a wide array of social science and related professional degree programs that prepare students to be leaders and innovators in their communities and professions.

SBS is committed to:

    promoting the appreciation and importance of diversity;advocating for the importance of community;stressing the importance of sustainability and environmental issues;exploring issues of social justice and power;developing global perspectives;fostering active engagement, advocacy, and applied learning.
These are ideals that are consistently demonstrated through the research and accomplishments of our talented students, faculty, and alumni.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is the largest college at NAU housing 235 full-time tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty; 60-70 part-time faculty, and 40-50 full and part-time staff. The college serves over 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students pursuing over 38 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees, in addition to numerous minors and certificates. The Interim Dean will oversee a large multi-faceted budget that includes state appropriations, local revenue and expenditures, foundation account revenue, grant funding, summer and winter over-attainment from course offerings, student fees (both course and program), and income from university services.

The Interim Dean for SBS is a temporary, full-time, single-year appointment. The effective date of appointment will begin on July 1, 2021 and will conclude upon the successful search and placement of a permanent SBS Dean, anticipated to begin in Summer of 2022. The person in this position will serve on the Provost’s Academic Leadership Council (PALC), the President’s Cabinet, and lead their own team of chairs, directors, and service professionals as the Dean’s Leadership Team. They will contribute to SBS leadership and planning, oversight of the college curriculum, student success, and faculty support.

Job Description

The Interim Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is the academic and administrative officer of the College and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Interim Dean will develop productive working relationships with institutional administration, faculty, and students, as well as alumni and community partners.

The Interim Dean will be responsible for:

    Vision and Planning: create a vision and strategic plan for the college that aligns with the institutional goals and strategic plan.Diversity and Inclusion: foster diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff.Fiduciary Decisions: manage the budget and other resources.College Administration: appoint department chairs, school directors, and college administrators, and periodically review the performance of chairs, directors, and administrators in concert with the Provost.Personnel: oversee hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; review faculty annual evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities; and support professional development of faculty and staff.Educational Leadership: provide leadership and vision for new and continuing academic programs, considering innovation, cost effectiveness, market demand, fidelity to standards and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards; ensure effective student quality, recruitment and retention.Development: contribute to development and fulfillment of fundraising priorities; participate in comprehensive capital campaign initiatives.College Governance: create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment; promote and support shared governance.Outreach: participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state and national boards and organizations, and other appropriate groups; effectively demonstrate a commitment to Northern Arizona University core values and engage the college in the campus, state and national communities.

Minimum Qualifications
This position is limited to current, full-time faculty at NAU, within or outside of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Applicants must possess the title of Associate or Full Professor with Tenure.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Possess an earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the College, or in a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership as associate dean, chair or director, center or institute leader, or comparable position with responsibilities that included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions.
  • Successful record of educational leadership and vision in academic programing; experience developing and sustaining high quality, student-centered coursework and curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; practiced consideration of innovation, cost effectiveness, and high academic standards; oversight of effective student quality, recruitment, enrollment growth and retention initiatives; and experience with accreditation and program review.
  • Demonstrated strengths in effective communication, mentoring, consensus building, shared governance, and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of University policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and conflict management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University is a 29,569-student institution with its main campus in Flagstaff, a four-season community of about 70,000 at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks. NAU’s emphasis on undergraduate education is enhanced by its graduate programs and research as well as distance learning. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrator (ADM) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each year according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative Service. These terms can be found on the Arizona Board of Regents website.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Submission Deadline
5:00 pm on Monday, April 26, 2021.

How to Apply
Application Process

The required applications materials include (1) a letter of interest, (2) a current curriculum vita, and (3) the names, titles, and contact information for three references. Questions related to the position and final application materials should be sent to John Masserini ([email protected]) by email on or before 5:00 pm on Monday, April 26, 2021. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2021.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 5/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time