Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities, seeks a visionary, innovative leader to become the next Dean of its College of General Studies (www.bu.edu/cgs ). The new Dean will lead the College in its mission of providing the highest quality general education to its students, in the context of a major urban Research I university. As the school’s chief executive and administrative officer, the Dean will provide overall strategic and operating leadership for the College and will have overall responsibility for supporting and enhancing the teaching, service, and research activities of the College. He or she will report directly to the University’s Provost and, together with the Deans of the other Schools and Colleges, will serve as a member of the Council of Deans. Above all, the Dean will be a leader in the philosophy and practice of general education, the core of the College’s mission and activities.
The College of General Studies offers its students a general education in the liberal arts: natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and rhetoric. Students follow a unique 2-year, team-taught curriculum that prepares them to concentrate in one of the University’s other eight undergraduate Schools and Colleges. The College has significant strengths: an enthusiastic and skilled faculty committed to teaching and scholarship, a student body of over 1,100 undergraduates with significant international representation, an outstanding record of achievement for its alumni, and a strong profile of alumni giving. The College’s facility is in the core of Boston University’s exciting urban campus and has been significantly improved and renovated.
Among the Dean’s responsibilities: attracting students and providing them with an outstanding education; maintaining a high level of rapport with students; faculty development with a committed group of scholar/teachers; enhancing the visibility of the College; and fund-raising to support College activities. The Dean represents the College to partners across BU’s other Schools and Colleges, and to external stakeholders and audiences.
Applications are welcomed from those who have significant experience in the practice and administration of general education. An earned Ph. D. in one of the College’s disciplines, and progressively responsible experience in higher education administration are requisites. A candidate ideally will have a program of research and an academic profile suitable for appointment at the level of a tenured faculty member. Significant experience with curriculum development, instructional design and instructional technology would be highly desirable. Other qualities sought include experience with development and fund-raising, ability to communicate well with a variety of stakeholders and the public, commitment to diversity, and experience managing budgets in the academic setting.
The position is available on July 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Candidates should submit a letter of application summarizing their qualifications, and how those qualifications speak to the needs of the position, as well as a curriculum vitae to Suzanne C. Kennedy, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, Boston University, One Silber Way, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02215; Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Fax: 617-353-6580
Boston University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.