Dean, School of Business

Job description

Special Instructions:

For full consideration, applicants should include and upload the following as separate documents:
1) a letter of interest addressing the broad themes in the position summary
2) a curriculum vitae
3) transcripts
4) a leadership statement
5) list of five references
6) a diversity statement describing the candidate’s experiences with diversity in teaching, research, service, and/or industry.

Job Title:

Dean, School of Business

FLSA Status:


Employment Status:

Full Time


School of Business

Minimum Qualifications:

•Earned Ph.D. degree in a business discipline or DBA from an accredited institution.
•A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with progressively responsible leadership.
•Experience with AACSB and/or ACBSP accreditation.

Purpose of Job:

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the School of Business will provide academic and administrative leadership for the School in its teaching, research and service missions as well as managing and directing the School’s fiscal plan, budgets and general administration. The Dean also serves as a contributing member of the Provost’s future-directed, student-centric Executive Leadership Team and the Deans’ Council, in addition to being a successful fund-raiser.

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Dean will lead with a clear, forward thinking vision, diverse and inclusive strategy, aligning closely with the University’s goals to ensure the School’s continuing accreditation. The Dean will play a key role in advancing this compelling vision to fashion new and current vigorous academic programs, operations, technology and faculty talent to create a progressive business school of tomorrow. Building on the past successes and legacy of the School, the Dean will strategically collaborate with other cross-functional disciplines within schools of the University to create market-based programs that are intentional, meaningful and meet the changing demands of the workforce.

Essential Job Functions :

The Dean will have an aggressive agenda in the establishment of effective Centers of Excellence, serving primarily as think-tanks, focusing on innovative solutions for key business-related challenges.

Through strategic and insightful leadership, the Dean will expand the external funding from contracts and grants and ensure the successful viability of such Centers to promote partnerships among faculty, business enterprises, external sponsors and alumni for productive collaboration, research and ongoing placement of students.

With strong industry ties, the Dean will actively be engaged in the community and will create a diverse Industry Advisory Board.

In addition, the Dean will collaborate with the university’s Institutional Advancement Office and leadership to seek and secure significant ongoing commitments and funds from corporate and private support to sustain the anticipated growth of the School and enhance student learning experiences through discovery and application.

As the position is external-facing for business education on campus and in the region, the Dean will be expected to have excellent interpersonal and strong written and oral communication skills with a display of openness, integrity, a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to shared governance.

The Dean must direct and support faculty during the faculty lifecycle of talent acquisition, tenure, promotion, and performance evaluation.

Through thoughtful/careful nurturing and mentoring, the Dean will develop both the individual and collective thinking towards significant academic contributions.

The Dean provides oversight for the undergraduate and masters programs which currently serve over 320 students with a substantial expected growth to meet the new and growing business needs of the region and the state.



A demonstrated track record of articulating imagination through vision, innovation and strategic direction in transforming a unit, department, school or college.

Evidence of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship and distinction in professional achievements and partnerships with business enterprises appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor in the School of Business.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the impact of blended learning on students is an advantage.

Administrative experience as department chair, associate dean or equivalent level with involvement in fiscal planning & budgets, ability to lead and manage faculty, other stakeholders and programs and engage students with transparency is preferred.

The successful candidate will have a record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across programs, students, faculty and staff of the School.

A collaborative, servant leader with undisputable integrity and courage engaging the university, business and community to develop mutually beneficial partnerships for students is desired.

Manifestation of effectiveness in written and oral communication is an additional preference.

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:




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EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/1/2021
Application Due: 7/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time