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Dean, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Loyola Marymount University

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Loyola Marymount University
Dean, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Loyola Marymount University seeks a world-class Dean to serve the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts (BCLA) and the broader LMU community. The new Dean will enhance the excellence of the College in a manner consistent with LMU's distinctive Jesuit/Marymount Catholic mission of academic excellence in a diverse and inclusive setting. BCLA's Dean demonstrates commitment to the liberal arts, academic and student development excellence, global vision and imagination, creativity and innovation, diversity and cultural competency, and faith and justice.

Founded in 1911, LMU is embedded in the intellectual and cultural fabric of Los Angeles, the world's creative capital, where the arts, entertainment, technology, business, and entrepreneurship flourish, and where diverse religions, races, and languages interconnect. LMU, an R2 institution in the Carnegie classifications, has a highly esteemed faculty of globally recognized scholars, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright scholars, and accomplished academic leaders. LMU has an average student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and has been recognized internationally as among the nation's best for its programs, curricula, and student life. LMU ranks No. 77 among national universities on U.S. News & World Report's annual list, and the Wall Street Journal ranked LMU among the top 15 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities in their World University Rankings in 2022. LMU delivers an exceptional learning experience to its roughly 10,000 students and enrolls an academically ambitious, multicultural, and socioeconomically diverse student body.

As the chief academic and executive officer of the BCLA, the Dean is responsible for the vitality and administration of all programs and activities within the College. The Dean, as senior academic administrator, is a member of the Dean's Council and reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost. In consultation with the faculty, the Dean ensures that educational programs are exceptional in quality and designed to meet the needs of the University's diverse student population. The Dean also promotes high standards in teaching and scholarship. The Dean is responsible for donor development and fundraising for the College and represents the College to internal and external constituencies. Reporting to the Dean are the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Assistant Dean of Student Services. The Dean oversees the annual budget of $31.5M and reviews the annual budgets of the departments and programs. Providing overall leadership for the College, the Dean is collegial and welcoming to students, faculty, staff, fellow deans and administrators, alumni, donors, and community leaders.

Additional information about this exceptional opportunity, including an institutional profile with a full list of duties and responsibilities, is available in the profile located here:

Academic Search is assisting Loyola Marymount University in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strict confidence. To learn more about this opportunity, potential applicants are welcome to schedule a conversation with the Senior Consultant for this search — Dr. Linda McMillin (

Although nominations are not required to be considered for this position, leaders who know of outstanding candidates are welcome to submit confidential nominations by sending an email to Be sure to include the nominee's full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. Academic Search will notify people of their nomination, provide details about the position, and encourage them to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants should send these separate documents (in PDF format) to: by Aug. 31, 2023.

• A detailed cover letter, addressed to the Search Committee, expressing your interest in this position and addressing how you meet the qualifications as outlined in the profile;
• A current resume/curriculum vitae; and
• A list of five professional references, including names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting your relationship with each reference.

References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate's permission. A background check (including identity, degree verification, and criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position. The next Dean is expected to start in summer 2024. The expected annual (12-month) salary range for this position is $250,000 - $285,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Loyola Marymount University, founded in 1911, is the largest Catholic university on the West Coast. LMU offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and programs. The Graduate Division offers 29 master’s degrees, one doctoral degree and 15 credential programs.

LMU generates more than $250 million annually in direct economic activity in Southern California and employs more than 2,240 people. Students volunteer more than 175,000 service hours a year with 350 community organizations. LMU was named a 2007 “Treasure of Los Angeles.” Many programs, including the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, the Bioethics Institute, the School of Education and the Dept. of Natural Science, make L.A.’s politics, healthcare, education and environment part of the curriculum. Loyola Law School is the first ABA-accredited law school in California with a mandatory pro bono requirement.

At Loyola Marymount University, diversity is fundamental to our mission and identity. But, a diverse campus takes time to develop and flourish. It is a work in progress that involves each and every one of us: student, faculty, and staff.

LMU must be a place where people feel free to say what they think and where they also listen with respect to what others say -- not simply in the classroom but also in residence halls and dining rooms, in staff and faculty meetings, and whenever two people talk on the bluff. Through speaking and listening, we probe diversity, work though the challenges it poses, and reveal the richness of its promise.

With sweeping vistas of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Loyola Marymount University is situated in one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with an estimated population of 4 million. Residential development is booming, cultural institutions are multiplying, and retail and entertainment options are thriving on an unprecedented scale. LMU students and faculty take all that Los Angeles has to offer, and use it as a laboratory for understanding the complexity of cultures, industries, images, and opportunities that Southern California embraces.


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