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Founding Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Founding Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences

West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Dean of the newly created College of Applied Human Sciences. The College of Applied Human Sciences will focus on human and youth development and is a merger of the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services. The Founding Dean for this newly formed college will have an exciting opportunity to bring together the strengths and collaborations of two existing academic units to create academic programs, provide enhanced academic and career services, and build on interdisciplinary research efforts.

The Dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer of the College and is a direct report to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Dean will lead and champion the College’s vision, qualities, and distinctiveness within WVU as well as to external constituencies and audiences. The Dean will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of the merger are addressed with a focus toward coalescing the faculty, staff, and students into a collegial and collaborative college while focusing on future opportunities for academic programming, research, innovation, and outreach opportunities that the newly formed college will bring forward in supporting WVU’s mission. The successful candidate must possess a terminal degree in a relevant field and have credentials meritorious for tenure and full professorial rank in the College; record of providing effective visionary leadership in an academic environment; proven executive leadership, budget management, and administrative oversight of middle level management; demonstrated and profound sense of integrity and professionalism; commitment to teaching excellence, including knowledge of student learning outcomes, assessment, curricular impact, enrollment management, and teaching in multiple modalities; record of commitment to a wide range and variety of research endeavors, with recognition and appreciation for the R1 mission; commitment to service and impact at all levels (local, state, national and global), including the oversight of service and outreach in support of the land-grant mission; demonstrated record of commitment to valuing and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; understanding of the importance of student success, including programs and structures, both curricular as well as co-curricular, that provide critical support for a whole student experience both inside and outside the formal classroom; demonstrated abilities to lead and manage change, resolve conflict, build consensus and be able to make transparent decisions when consensus is not possible; record of securing internal and external resources, including success with philanthropic outreach and fundraising; and acumen and abilities to promote and celebrate the accomplishments of the College’s students, faculty, and staff at the local, state, and national level.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, LLC is assisting West Virginia University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. A full application package must include a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Please direct all confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications materials to:

Jan Greenwood, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates and Vice President and Managing Partner, Kelly

Jeanie Andrews, Senior Executive Search Consultant

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the people of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, Montgomery as well as Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. On all campuses, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.WVU main campus

Pioneering. Like the resourceful people who first settled West Virginia's hills, we find creative solutions and blaze trails to new discoveries.

Passionate. It's often said that our fans bleed gold and blue, but that die-hard passion isn't confined to sports. Whether it's academics, athletics, or community service, we are known for our unwavering enthusiasm and school spirit.

Innovative. From protecting the soil beneath our feet to the search for millisecond pulsars in deep space, our faculty, students, and alumni pursue innovation everywhere.

Tireless. Mountaineers never back down from a challenge, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. We don't mind being the underdog. In fact, we rather like it.

Caring. Serving the state of West Virginia - and the world - is at the core of our mission. The benefits of WVU Extension, healthcare, and service programs are seen in every county in the state.

wvu student studyingMission

As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.


By 2020, West Virginia University will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia.WVU

1. Engage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a challenging academic environment.

2. Excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in all disciplines.

3. Foster diversity and an inclusive culture.

4. Advanced international activity and global engagement.

5. Enhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia.



Morgantown, WV., population 31,073, rated “No. 1 Small City in America” by for its exceptional quality of life and also rated one of the "Best Cities for Jobs" by MSN Careers. Within easy traveling distance of Washington, D.C., to the east, Pittsburgh, Pa., to the north, and Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, to the northwest. Other recent rankings: “Safe Communities' accreditation” by National Safety Council; #18 “Best College Towns in America” by American Institute for Economic Research; one of “50 Best Small College Towns in America” by College Values Online; #24 “50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever” by CollegeRanker.


WVU has a growing reputation on the national scene and is one of only 115 institutions to receive the R1 designation from among the nation’s over 4,500 higher education institutions. Recent research highlights include proving Einstein correct by helping with the detection of gravitational waves; discovering elevated levels of diesel emissions from Volkswagen vehicles; and receiving NSF funding to create a Physics Frontiers Center using the nearby Green Bank Telescope.

WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships – 24 Rhodes Scholars, 22 Truman Scholars, 42 Goldwater Scholars, two British Marshall Scholars, 5 Morris K. Udall Scholars, 5 USA Today All-USA College Academic First Team Members (and 11 academic team honorees), 15 Boren Scholars, 36 Gilman Scholars, 46 Fulbright Scholars, 25 Critical Language Scholars, 4 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and one Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar.WVU main campus

WVU encompasses 14 colleges and schools offering 212 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs in the arts and sciences; business and economics; creative arts; engineering and mineral resources; human resources and education; journalism; law; agriculture, natural resources and design; dentistry; medicine; nursing; pharmacy; physical activity and sport sciences; public health.

Dual Career

West Virginia University understands that meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff. Many prospective and newly hired faculty and staff candidates at WVU have spouses/partners who are also pursuing employment in the surrounding community. The Dual Career Program strives to provide a high level of support to couples and their families as they consider faculty and staff appointment opportunities at WVU.

  • Attract and retain first-rate dual career couples to West Virginia University and Morgantown, WV
  • Enrich WVU’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and talent retention
  • Provide customized assistance and support to faculty and staff spouses/partners (and the spouses/partners of key retention positions) in their job search efforts
  • Deliver tailored information and resources towards relocating into the Morgantown community
  • Engage employers of Monongalia County and the surrounding area to build networking and employment opportunities for our Dual Career clients

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