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Dean, College of Arts and Letters

California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

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Dean, College of Arts and Letters

The Opportunity


California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) seeks an inspiring and innovative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Reporting to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and working in collaboration with faculty, students, and staff, the dean will provide dynamic, visionary leadership to build upon the college’s strengths and develop new opportunities to fulfill the college’s role as a model of intellectual and community engagement.


Cal State LA is engaged in an exciting period of transformation as it revitalizes its curricula, fulfills its mission as an engine of social mobility by producing well-prepared 21st-century graduates, and bolsters its presence as a regional leader. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and talented individual to advance the college during a time of change and renewal. The successful candidate will bring a commitment to student success and scholarship, a strategic vision to energize and support research and entrepreneurial activities, and the ability to ensure administrative excellence as Cal State LA continues to be a destination campus and a dynamic force in the Los Angeles region.


Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. It offers nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Cal State LA’s over 250,000 alumni reflect the city and county’s dynamic mix of populations. The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA, recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students.

The College of Arts and Letters is home to award-winning faculty and the nationally-ranked Cal State LA Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team. The college produces art exhibits, musical events, dance, film, TV, multimedia, and theatrical performances; and lectures and readings by students, faculty, and internationally acclaimed scholars, writers, and artists. Reflecting a deep commitment to social justice, the college also supports the University’s Prison B.A. Graduation Initiative, the first in-person bachelor’s degree completion program for incarcerated students in California, in which the students pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Arts and Letters. For more information about the college, visit

Required Qualifications


  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited university in the arts, humanities, liberal arts, or related field;
  • An excellent record of teaching, scholarship, and service at the university level with accomplishments to warrant appointment at the rank of tenured full professor within an existing department of the college;
  • Demonstrated ability to model and to lead in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service to the university;
  • A record of progressive leadership experience in academic administration that includes shared governance and consultative decision-making;
  • Demonstrated ability to support student success in undergraduate and graduate programs, including experience with students who are among the first generation in their families to attend college; and
  • Demonstrated ability to create an inclusive and effective working environment amongst ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse faculty, staff, and students. 



The incumbent must have a demonstrated interest and/or ability to work in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the California State University. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University employees who may apply for the position. 




CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The system-wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected].




California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.




As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.




A complete Position Profile may be found at:


Nominations and Applications


All nominations, inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in full confidence. The Ad Hoc Advisory Committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue its work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by the priority application deadline of April 30, 2022, and must include:


  • A letter of interest addressing Cal State LA’s strategic objectives and desired attributes identified in the position profile;
  • Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • Five professional references with emails, telephone numbers and the applicant’s professional relationship to the individuals. References will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant.


Application materials should be sent electronically (PDF format) to [email protected]





Monica Burton, Principal, AGB Search, [email protected], 917.825.2961


Concetta Stewart, Principal, AGB Search, [email protected], 908.341.2178


Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. Cal State LA is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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