Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 30, 2020
Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Northern State University seeks a Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a full-time, twelve-month position, to begin June 2021. NSU’s mission is to provide diverse academic, civic, social and cultural opportunities that prepare students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors, while also enriching the local and regional community. Northern State University is home to a nationally-recognized Honors Program, has completed construction of the new $24 million Jewett Regional Science Education Center, and has recently gained provisional membership in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, communication studies, criminal justice, English, environmental science, government, history, mathematics, medical laboratory science, sociology, and Spanish, as well as a number of secondary education majors.


Qualifications:  The successful candidate will possess: (1) an earned doctorate in one of the disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences from an accredited university; (2) a strong record of teaching and scholarship; (3) at least two years of successful administrative experience as a dean, associate dean, or chair, with budget and personnel responsibility; (4) evidence of initiatives that enhance enrollment; (5) demonstrated experience in collaborative work across disciplines; and (6) successful experience with program and curriculum development, assessment, and regional accreditation processes.


 Responsibilities: The Dean will report to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs with the following responsibilities:


  • Lead individuals and teams of faculty/staff within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Facilitate the achievement of student learning outcomes and faculty development.
  • Lead efforts in student recruitment and retention.
  • Oversee assessment and accreditation processes.
  • Coordinate College of Arts and Sciences curriculum development and planning.
  • Prepare and manage budget requests in support of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Coordinate the recruitment, retention, and evaluation of faculty, department chairs, and staff.
  • Actively engage in advocacy and fundraising efforts for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Supervise the overall administration of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Represent the College of Arts and Sciences at local, state, and national meetings.

Values: Northern State University is committed to building a culture of inclusion, belonging and collegiality that respects diversity in knowledge, culture and world view. We strongly encourage women and individuals bringing diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives to apply.


Setting: Northern State University is a premier regional institution characterized by outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and excellent co-curricular opportunities. NSU is consistently ranked as one of the best public undergraduate institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. NSU is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Fine Arts, and College of Professional Studies including the Millicent Atkins School of Education and the School of Business. NSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, as well as multiple disciplinary accrediting bodies. NSU is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a vibrant community in northeastern SD. The city has a population of approximately 30,000 and is a cultural, retail, banking, agribusiness, and healthcare hub for the region. The University enjoys a positive and strong relationship with the city and region. With more than $100 million invested over the last decade, Northern State University is experiencing transformative positive momentum. Recent new buildings, renovations and projects under construction include significant updates to the Johnson Fine Arts Center and Barnett Athletics Center, three new residence halls, the new Jewett Regional Science Education Center, and a new regional Sports Complex with athletic and recreational fields.


Application: Review of applications will begin October 30, 2020. Position is open until filled with an anticipated June 22, 2021 start date. Applications should include a cover letter addressing the main qualifications, curriculum vita, college transcripts (official transcripts required upon hiring), and contact information for three professional references. All applicants are subject to a background check. For more information regarding this position and to apply, visit Click on “Northern State University” in the Search Jobs tab. The system will guide you through the electronic application form. For questions related to the search, please contact Dr. Ric Dias,, Professor of History and search committee chair. AA/EOE.

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