Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Montclair, Essex County / Upper Montclair, Essex County
Jul 10, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
With a faculty of 213 full-time distinguished scholars/teachers and a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of more than 5,000 students, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of the University’s academic units. The College provides a rich variety of degree programs from the BA to the AuD and PhD, and is organized into 13 departments, three interdisciplinary degree programs and nine centers and institutes. Degree programs include: Anthropology, Audiology, Classics and General Humanities, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Child Advocacy and Policy, English, History, Justice Studies, Linguistics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science and Law, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish and Italian, Women’s Studies, and a number of minors, including African American Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies. The College’s centers and institutes include the Center for Child Advocacy, the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, the Center for Heritage and Archeological Studies and the Humanities Institute. The College has successfully combined a traditional focus on liberal education with programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level that fulfill specific career objectives. RESPONSIBILITIES The Dean, who is appointed by the President and reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the College. The Dean is expected to be an intellectual leader within the College, across the campus and within the external community as well. She/he will have the vision to identify and the professional skills to pursue new opportunities for the College and the intellectual strength to direct its growth and academic development within the University’s expanding profile, to include programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Dean will oversee the recruitment and development of faculty and will assure the quality of the academic experience of the College’s students. She/he will be responsible for effectively representing the College to the campus, alumni and external communities and will provide leadership in the pursuit of the external resources required to augment State appropriations. The Dean will be responsible for the administrative and fiscal management of the College, overseeing a budget of approximately $37 million. The Dean will be a key member of the University’s senior leadership team and will be imaginative in finding ways to advance the goals and objectives of both the College and the University and to foster collaborations across the campus. QUALIFICATIONS Required qualifications include: • An earned doctorate and a record of distinguished academic achievement appropriate for appointment at the rank of full professor in a department of the College • Strong communication skills • A commitment to excellence in teaching/learning, scholarship and the application of knowledge • A record of successful administration in higher education and a broad understanding of current issues in higher education • Demonstrated record in the acquisition of external resources • A thorough understanding of the disciplines and curricula within the humanities and social sciences • Experience with instructional modes and research utilizing information technology and electronic systems • Commitment to maintaining and extending student and faculty diversity • Ability to foster a collegial and collaborative academic environment, including the promotion of inter- and cross-disciplinary research and curricula The salary range and title will be commensurate with the candidate’s credentials and experience. The new Dean will assume office in January 2015. For further details regarding the responsibilities for this position, please visit: Confidential nominations and applications should be addressed to Dr. Lois Oppenheim, Chair of the CHSS Search Committee, and sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to: Applicants should include a cover letter describing how their background, skills, and education match the needs of the University, along with a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) of at least five professional references.