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Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion




College of Arts and Sciences


CAS College of Arts and Sciences

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We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

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Full Time

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Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

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12 months

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About UofSC:

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state’s flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 “Best Colleges” according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina seeks candidates for the role of Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The person in this position will be charged with taking action to deepen and advance meaningful changes within the College of Arts and Sciences that will directly address the needs of faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia, anti-gender identity bias, anti-ableism, and anti-religious discrimination, as well as promoting equity for all racialized and minoritized groups. Additionally, the Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will promote, expand, and enhance the diversity within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college at UofSC, with the explicit goal of creating an environment of inclusion, dialogue, challenge, and growth. As a dynamic leader, the successful candidate will also be expected to develop policy, strategies, and initiatives to encourage community engagement within and beyond the College with our broader off campus communities.

The Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will continue the important work that has already begun at the University to name and acknowledge the legacies of systemic racism and other biases on and off campus, and to build on initiatives to increase the university’s recruitment and retention of faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented groups. This person will report directly to the Dean of the College as an essential senior member of the Dean’s leadership team. The successful candidate will also work with a network of diversity officers, including our new Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to develop frameworks that promote equitable, transparent, accountable, and positive growth for the larger UofSC community. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2022.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Direct strategic planning and communication around issues related to optimizing institutional culture, welcoming culture, inclusivity, equity, and diversity.

  • Serve as a member of the College Academic Leadership Team and in other key leadership groups at the College and University to inspire, mentor and educate various stakeholders about diversity and inclusion issues, as well as provide input and leadership for decisions, strategic planning, and goal and policy setting that are necessary to improve academic excellence and operational efficiency, with a focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion.

  • Build a diverse educational environment that is culturally competent and responsive through measures such as direct educational efforts, curricular representation, and a focus on compositional diversity, climate, curriculum, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

  • As part of the Senior Staff, review strategic hiring plans submitted to the College, as well as proposals for university-wide hiring and other such initiatives.

  • Implement programmatic policy and guidance for continuous improvement of the culture of the College of Arts and Sciences to promote humanistic values of understanding, empathy, perspective-taking, professionalism, ethics, and inclusivity, while also providing the opportunities and tools for the necessary and challenging conversations essential to growing as a community.

  • Maintains ongoing communications with the Vice-President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as represent the College on the Council of Academic Diversity Officers (CADO), which directly reports to the Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

Additionally, the Vice Dean is called upon to represent the College at various events and functions throughout the year.

Required Education and Experience:

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership role in establishing or sustaining programs or other key programs related to diversity and inclusion.

  • Doctoral level education.
  • Must be committed to working collaboratively with senior administration to build positive vision, direction, and results through strategic initiatives that holistically impact diversity.

  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong management and planning skills; and computer literacy.

Competencies for Success:
  • Acts ethically and with integrity and self-awareness. The candidate adheres to the university’s values (e.g., Carolinian Creed) and interacts with others in a way that engenders confidence in them and in the organization.

  • Builds partnerships and invests in the development of strategic internal and external partnerships – collaborates to reach productive agreements and foster goodwill.

  • Has the ability to envision, conceptualize and articulate the diversity mission of the College and University through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

Credentials suitable for appointment as Professor or Associate Professor with tenure.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applicants should upload a letter of interest, a complete CV, a summary of accomplishments, experience, and vision related to this position and names and contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, for a minimum of three references. Application materials should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. September 15, 2021 for full consideration. If you have any questions, please send an email to: LaTasha Robinson, Director of Human ResourcesCollege of Arts and Sciences[email protected] Please use ‘Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’ as the subject line.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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