Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Fort Valley, Peach County
Feb 10, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Fort Valley State University, a unit of the University System of Georgia, seeks an experienced, visionary academic administrator to serve as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Application and Nominations deadline is March 31, 2014.

The review of applications begins immediately.

The complete search profile for this opportunity is available at:

The Opportunity

A recently appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will join the university in July. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will report to this new senior administrator.

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is an exceptional opportunity for an academic leader who appreciates the extensive contributions and future possibilities of an 1890 Land-Grant Institution and seeks to contribute to Fort Valley State’s success. The Dean oversees the nine departments that comprise the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences provides the academic core curriculum that supports all of the undergraduate programs of the University; therefore, this Dean has a major role in the academic life of the University. The Dean will have the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in a diversity of academic fields and studies.

Approximately 100 of the University’s 173 full-time faculty report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean is responsible for its academic programs, fiscal management, personnel administration, and external relations.

The Dean coordinates with all of the colleges in developing, assessing, and providing the 60 hours of core curriculum courses that support their academic program. The Dean is responsible for ensuring that the general education core is preparing students with the knowledge and skills required for them to excel in their major areas across the University.


Qualified candidates will have an earned doctorate with a degree in a discipline represented within the College. Candidates must have distinguished scholarly credentials and stature appropriate for the rank of Professor in a department in the College.

Other requirements include:

  • Participatory management and leadership style that encourages and values input from others
  • Knowledgeable, or the ability to become knowledgeable, of the academic requirements of academic programs beyond those in the arts and sciences
  • Proven academic leadership, administrative ability, and experience
  • Experience in budget management, strategic planning, personnel, and student matters
  • Ability to lead teams to achieve established goals
  • Commitment to high standards in education, research, and outreach
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies
  • Experience in program reviews, assessment, and specialized accreditation
  • An established record demonstrating the recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty, staff, and students
  • Demonstrated experience with external funding or fundraising, preferred

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and the largest college of the University. Its nine academic departments provide nearly 80 percent of the courses taught at FVSU.

The departments of the College of Arts and Sciences include Behavioral Sciences; Biology; Business Administration and Economics; Chemistry; English and Foreign Languages; Fine Arts, Humanities, and Mass Communications; Mathematics and Computer Science; History, Geography, Political Sciences, and Criminal Justice; and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Military Science. In addition to providing the core curriculum for the University, the College offers more than 20 undergraduate major fields of study.

About the University

Fort Valley State University was founded in 1895. The University is Georgia’s only 1890 Land-Grant Institution, providing extensive research, academic programs, and cooperative services to fulfill those responsibilities.

Located in central Georgia, Fort Valley State University provides an educational experience of exceptional quality. The University’s mission and educational goals are realized through comprehensive program offerings in each of the four colleges.

The University’s more than 3,000 students represent 120 of Georgia’s 159 counties, 30 states, and 10 countries. Ninety-three percent of the student body is African American. Two-thirds of the students live on campus, and 85 percent attend college full-time.

The diverse faculty, with 173 full-time members, provides a supportive, yet challenging learning environment that encourages innovation and inspires lifelong learning and the realization of aspirations.

Students benefit from strong mentoring by accessible professors. The close-knit campus community encourages personal and academic growth and establishing lifelong ties that extend well beyond graduation.

The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 50 fields at its Fort Valley Campus and Warner Robins Center, which is designed for graduate and non-traditional students. Four undergraduate programs – Criminal Justice, English, Political Science, and Psychology – and one graduate program – Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management – are offered online.

Fort Valley State’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP), which prepares students for energy-industry careers in science and geology, is the only one of its kind in the nation. The program partners with major companies in the oil and energy industry. The University has the only certified Veterinary Technology program in the state.

Biology is the most popular major at Fort Valley State. The University’s acclaimed Biology department prepares and sends more African American students to medical and dental schools than any other state school in Georgia.

County extension agents and program assistants at Fort Valley State University work personally with residents in nearly 35 counties they serve throughout middle, east, and south Georgia. The Pettigrew Conference Center hosts more than 500 classes, seminars, and events for 51,000 patrons each year.

Students have many opportunities for extracurricular involvement at the University, including the marching band, concert choir, and cheerleading. There are more than 70 clubs, sororities, fraternities, and social organizations on campus.

FVSU is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The University’s varsity athletics include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field; women’s softball and volleyball; and men’s football. FVSU’s championship football team has produced many notable professional sports figures.

Opportunity/Affirmation Action Employer 

Fort Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or marital or veteran status.

Applications & Nominations

Nominations and confidential inquiries are invited.

TO APPLY Submit a cover letter that indicates how your experience matches the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and complete contact information for at least four references to:

Deadline for applications and nominations is March 31, 2014.

The review of applications begins immediately.

A completed application packet will be required also by the FVSU Office of Human Resources. The FVSU application form is available at and the Job Number is 808. Submission instructions are on the form.

Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting is assisting Fort Valley State University with this search. The consultant team leaders are: Emily Parker Myers, President and CEO, and Kenny Daugherty, Executive Vice President and COO.

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