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Dean of Undergraduate Studies

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Central Washington University (CWU) announces an extraordinary opportunity to lead Undergraduate Studies at an innovative, financially stable university that provides the supportive and hands-on education students from all walks of life need to be successful. The main campus in Ellensburg is located in the beautiful foothills of the Cascade Mountains, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and is approximately 100 miles east of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area. Ellensburg features a vibrant downtown area with shops and restaurants. With an estimated population of nearly 4,000,000, Seattle Metro is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. A substantial percentage of alumni live in the Puget Sound area providing valuable opportunities for student and professional development. CWU also has eight instructional centers around the state, in addition to a growing selection of fully online programs. CWU invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications for the inaugural position of Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

CWU acknowledges that the Dean’s work will take place on Yakama land, and that the Ellensburg campus is on lands ceded by the Pshwanapum and other bands and tribes of the Yakama Nation in the Treaty of 1855. The Yakama people remain committed stewards of this land, cherishing it and protecting it, as instructed by elders through generations, and since time immemorial. CWU is honored and grateful that the campus is located here today on their traditional lands, and offers thanks to the legacy of the original people, their lives, and their descendants.

The Dean is the leader of Undergraduate Studies, with opportunities to promote high quality academic programs and student achievement among a diverse student body. With CWU’s continued commitment to equity, diversity, inclusivity, and belongingness, the Dean will collaborate with the units of Undergraduate Studies and across an engaged campus community to promote inclusion, transparency and partnership among programs, departments, and units. The Dean will be an innovative, emotionally intelligent leader who can inspire Undergraduate Studies to meet its mission of promoting a supportive, equitable, collaborative, and engaged learning environment. Under the leadership of its new president, Dr. A. James Wohlpart, CWU is currently engaged in strategic planning for the institution. The Dean will be integral to its implementation by providing vision and leadership for Undergraduate Studies.

CWU is one of three State-supported comprehensive universities in Washington State. CWU began as a normal school, became a College of Education in 1937, a state college in 1961, and a comprehensive university in 1977. Offering more than 135 bachelor's and master's degrees, the University enrolls approximately 12,000 students and employs about 1,800 faculty and staff. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, more than a third of students are people of color. CWU enrolls and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students of any public baccalaureate institution in the State. Additionally, the university enrolls a substantial number of international students. Undergraduate Studies encompasses the areas of General Education, Accreditation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of University Student Research, and Academic Advising. 

The university continues to invest substantially in fundraising and development. The Dean will be engaged in fundraising and external development as the university takes steps toward launching a capital campaign. For more information about CWU, please visit For more information on the areas of Undergraduate Studies, please visit:


Position Summary

As the inaugural leader of the unit, the Dean will have the opportunity to provide leadership for the areas of General Education, Accreditation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Office of University Student Research, and Academic Advising in the following activities: program planning, budget management, personnel actions, faculty/staff development, curriculum delivery, planning for facilities and equipment, departmental operations, and strategic planning. The Dean collaborates closely with the administration, support services, faculty, staff, and students at the university, community agencies, and the general public. The dean provides leadership in advancing the unit among its many constituencies, and in positioning the unit to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary higher education. The Dean will be able to enhance student success by continually improving the delivery of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs at CWU. The Dean will actively establish partnerships with alumni, industry, government and accrediting agencies and other external constituencies to support and promote the unit’s diverse departments and programs.

We seek a Dean who will foster an engaging, inclusive, challenging, and inspirational environment for students, faculty and staff, both inside and outside the classroom. The Dean takes a leadership role in offering rigorous, high-quality experiences to undergraduate students. The Dean also aids the faculty in enhancing an environment that focuses on research and creative expression in the classroom and in their professional lives. CWU is one of the most diverse public universities in Washington State and the Dean will be responsible for creating opportunities for development around issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

The Dean is a responsive thinker and leader who helps guide the process of establishing priorities, building consensus and commitment, and making decisions that enhance the mission and future direction of the unit. The Dean understands the challenges and changes affecting higher education in the United States, particularly at public comprehensive universities.


Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a record of teaching and scholarly/creative accomplishments suitable for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in an academic department of the university. The most qualified candidates will also have:

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Accumulated record of teaching effectiveness, professional leadership, and scholarship sufficient to support tenure and appointment as a full professor in one of the university’s academic departments.
  • Demonstrated successful administrative, leadership, and budget experience in an institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and engaging students of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds to expand and enhance their educational experience and career goals in accordance with the university philosophy supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic success.
  • Oversight and preparation of accreditation reports and/or in conducting accreditation reviews.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and speaking skills.
  • Evidence of academic vision for the unit that embraces justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to foster collaborative and inclusive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  • Experience supporting the curriculum process, including proposals through assessment, undergraduate research, scholarship, and/or creative experiences.
  • OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.


Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the above list of qualifications, the most competitive candidates for the position will also possess:

  • Administration of an academic department or academic unit. 
  • Raising funds from sources external to the institution.
  • Incorporating technology and multiple delivery modes in curriculum and educational programs.
  • Developing program-level strategic plans.
  • Developing, reviewing, assessing, and evaluating academic programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in faculty personnel evaluation.
  • Experience recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff.
  • A record of promoting inclusivity in the work environment.
  • Experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Life experiences that demonstrate an ability to contribute to CWU’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for minoritized students through culturally competent and inclusive programming.
  • Experience working in a unionized environment.

Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae and a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in this position and clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required and (as applicable) preferred qualifications, and (b) qualify you to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting. Please submit applications online through Human Resources. Nominations should include the name, position, and contact information of the nominee and be sent via email. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Applications and nominations should be addressed to:

Contact Information

Dr. Ediz Kaykayoglu

Dean, Extended and Global Education

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  509-963-1412

Website: CWU Undergraduate Studies:

For more information and to apply online please visit (Search Job ID 4762)

Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer

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