Dean of Social Sciences



Overview: Lourdes University, rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, provides a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. In support of this mission, Lourdes University nurtures a diverse community that supports students in fulfilling their potential, commits to the engagement of faith and reason, inspired by our Catholic and Franciscan intellectual traditions, and provides a holistic, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts.

Lourdes University is seeking applications for the position of Dean of the College of Social Sciences. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Reporting to the Provost, the successful candidate, working independently with nominal supervision, is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate curricula and academic policies; hiring, development and evaluation of faculty; and creating a student-centric learning environment for the undergraduate and graduate programs in the College. The Dean contributes to the ongoing culture of the College and University by supporting its mission and values; and works collaboratively with co-workers within the department and across the campus by maintaining a positive problem solving attitude, listening and respecting the competing demands of others and working toward the best solution for the College and University

Position responsibilities (include, but not limited to):

· Provide leadership and management to the social science programs by:

o Creating and maintaining a strategic plan for the college of social sciences that aligns with the University strategic plan and is future oriented;

o Ensuring the programs maintain professional standards for licensure and accreditation;

o Preparing all necessary program reports for accreditors, state boards and the University;

o Attending college, regional, and national meetings that are program-related to enhance the visibility of the programs and advocate effectively for the professions

o Developing and maintaining community and educational partnerships regionally and nationally;

o Providing operational and management oversight of faculty workload, adjunct/ part-time faculty, and budget.

· Ensuring quality student advisement within the college of social sciences.

· Promoting/facilitating diversity and inclusion with faculty, staff and students.

· Recruit and maintain qualified faculty by:

o Developing current position descriptions and charting workload coverage

o Mentoring faculty;

o Providing vision for education, including an understanding of the role of information technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality in educating the next generation of social science professionals

o Effectively evaluating faculty performance and conduct annual review of program faculty and staff;

o Conducting faculty/staff program meetings.

· Maintain optimum student standards for admission, progression, and retention within the university by:

o Providing an active role in student recruitment and retention;

o Working with marketing and enrollment, provides strategic input on program marketing and student admissions.

o Oversees the enrollment goals for the College of Social Sciences.

o Overseeing of facility agreements/contracts and documentation required for student experiences;

o Ensures an effective student-learning environment by developing and fostering a culture of effective and respectful relationships between students, faculty, staff and administrators.

· Performs other duties to support the University as assigned;

· Strong grant, fiduciary and budget management skills.

Required qualifications, skills and accomplishments:

· An earned doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D., in discipline offered in the college preferred) from an accredited college/university;

· At least 5 years’ experience in an academic faculty position;

· Prior experience with accreditation;

· Online teaching experience;

· Technologically proficient

· Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills

· With an emphasis on professionalism, able to work with a wide range of people and manage an active work environment

· Tolerates work related stress effectively and maintains self-control/professionalism;

· Need excellent organization skills, the ability to deal with confidential data, and detailed oriented.

Lourdes University is developing a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment where differences are valued and respected. Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. People of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, other minorities, and intersectional individuals are encouraged to apply.

Posted 30+ days ago

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