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Dean of the School of Business

Augustana University
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Augustana University (AU) seeks an established leader to serve as the Dean of the School of Business. This is an exciting opportunity to build on AU’s stellar reputation and the impressive momentum at the University and in the School. The Dean is expected to provide visionary, 21st-century leadership to align with the University’s mission, its five core values, and the Viking Bold: Journey to 2030 strategic plan.  In this leadership role, the Dean will oversee academic programs at the undergraduate level in the areas of Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Fintech, Management, Marketing and Sports Management, and at the graduate level in Accountancy, Business Administration, and Sports Administration and Leadership. In addition, the new dean will empower faculty and staff to expand, develop, streamline, and revise business programs as needed.

The AU School of Business provides a competitive and innovative advantage to our students in an ever-changing workplace and job market. Poised for growth through new, emerging, and established academic programs that combine traditional, online, and hybrid delivery modalities, the School aspires to serve students by serving the community and the region. To this end, AU seeks a leader who will help cultivate and facilitate relationships and place-based opportunities for students to grow professionally and personally as they participate in internships, job shadowing, research opportunities, study away experiences, and other forms of experiential learning.

The Dean will work closely with faculty, administration, and members of the local and regional community to blend a leadership-focused, student-centered pedagogy in business with a hands-on approach to instruction in numerous dynamic and evolving fields of study. The ideal candidate will thus be able to work collaboratively and creatively with a dedicated and award-winning faculty to move the various aspects of business education forward in ways that are inclusive and technologically progressive. Adept at cooperation, able to partner with and empower constituents across campus and throughout the local and regional community. The successful candidate will combine a career of academic research and achievement with strategic leadership ability, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, a deep appreciation of and commitment to the field of business, and an unwavering support of students, student learning, and faculty development.

Reporting to the Provost and serving on the President’s Council, the Dean will be accountable for the quality of the School’s academic programs, aligning the priorities of the School with those of the University, and enabling both the School and University to flourish. The Dean will be an advocate for the full array of disciplines and programs, employees, and students, and for collaborating with departmental colleagues to develop an overarching vision for the School that will pull these components into an integrated and innovative whole.

Augustana’s new dean will bring experience in higher education as an administrator, with demonstrated expertise in managing the financial, academic and research activity of a business program and in promoting the interests of a business program within a university and/or a local and regional university community. Evidence of successful university teaching and research work appropriate to the academic mission of the department and the university is required. Successful experience in fundraising is desirable. Interacting with students, faculty, and leadership with diverse backgrounds and points of view and a deep appreciation of and respect for academic values and culture must be top priorities of the candidate. An advanced degree in a business-related field is required; a terminal degree is preferred.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited at the email address listed below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received no later than January 27, 2023. Application materials, including a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; a statement of commitment to diversity; and a statement of teaching philosophy should be sent electronically to the consultants supporting the search, Ann Yates and Rob Franklin, at [email protected]   

Augustana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX Employer that seeks to recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse workforce. Augustana University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community. Submission of official transcripts may be required upon employment. Finalist candidates must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.



Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

Augustana serves approximately 2,100 students from 42 states and 35 countries. Of those, more than 1,600 are undergraduates. Most of our students are part of our residential community and call our 100-acre campus home. Our graduate and continuing education programs serve students online and during times that are convenient for adult learners.

Augustana’s academic divisions — the Humanities, the Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences — work together to help the University garner consistently high national rankings, including a No. 3 ranking among "Best Regional Colleges" and a No. 2 listing among “Best Value Schools” in the Midwest by U.S. News; a No. 13 ranking among baccalaureate colleges in the nation for our efforts to advance social mobility, research and service by Washington Monthly; and a “Best Midwestern College” ranking from The Princeton Review. Augustana University is also listed among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to Forbes’ published annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.”Augustana University campus


Augustana is committed to supporting hands-on and experiential learning opportunities.

Our most recent Outcomes Report notes that 99 percent of recent grads participated in key engaged learning opportunities, such as experiential learning, internships, undergraduate research, clinicals, student teaching, study abroad and more.

Augustana’s numerous partnerships with businesses and employers throughout the city of Sioux Falls, as well as nationally and internationally, provide students with choice options from which to gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections and build their portfolios.

Each spring, Augustana hosts the Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium, a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research from each academic division.

Augustana’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a robust endeavor serving a growing number of students interested in the Natural Sciences. For Summer 2016, nearly 70 AU students gained invaluable hands-on experience and personal perspective by participating in undergraduate research, internships and volunteer opportunities organized through the University’s Natural Science Division and supported through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN), the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Avera Genomics Institute and more.

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Augustana University profTHE ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Some call it the Liberal Arts. Others call it teaching for twenty-first century skills. At Augustana, we specialize in providing an education designed for the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Learning from a faculty of renowned professors, AU students build a foundation of knowledge, discover their passions, explore their vocation, develop specialties and realize the significance and meaning of serving others.

Students are encouraged to pursue multiple majors and minors while building experience through choice hands-on learning opportunities. And on Commencement Day, they graduate with an education of enduring worth, a vast professional network, an entrepreneurial mindset and a passport to possibility.

Augustana offers majors in more than 50 disciplines. The most popular are: Business Administration, Biology, Nursing, Psychology, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Spanish, Political Science/ Government & International Affairs, All Grades Education and Sport Management.

At the graduate level, Augustana offers master’s degree programs in Business, Education, Sports Administration & Leadership, Professional Accountancy and Genetic Counseling. Formed in partnership with Sanford Imagenetics, Augustana’s Genetic Counseling master’s degree program is one of only 32 such programs nationwide.

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The Augustana campus is located on 100 tree-lined acres in the heart of Sioux Falls, the state’s largest city – just minutes from downtown, shopping and dining, premier entertainment venues, and outdoor recreation.

With a population of more than 173,000 – more than 250,000 in the metropolitan statistical area – a robust economy, countless outdoor activities, hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops and stores, sought-after internship and clinical opportunities and a vibrant entertainment scene, Sioux Falls is a great place to live and work.Augustana University students

Home to major health care centers, Fortune 500 businesses, a vibrant downtown, great options for entertainment and dining and an entrepreneurial spirit, Sioux Falls is considered one of America’s great small cities. Recent accolades include:

  • For 11 straight years, Sioux Falls has been identified within the top 5 in nation for “Best Small Metro for Business and Careers,” according to (2015).
  • In 2016, MSN Money ranked Sioux Falls No. 10 among the “25 Most Livable Cities in the U.S.”
  • ranks Sioux Falls No. 7 among “Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs” and No. 6 among “Cities with Affluent Young People.”
  • WalletHub ranked Sioux Falls as the No. 1 “Best Large City to Start a Business In 2016” and among the Top-10 “Best Run Cities.”

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