Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Gardner-Webb University seeks a dynamic academic leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean must understand and demonstrate a commitment to the mission and vision of the university and be prepared to work effectively with the faculty of a vibrant, teaching-focused, private Christian university. The Dean reports to the Provost and plays a significant role in determining and implementing the university's strategic priorities, providing leadership to academic programs, fostering faculty and staff development, and supporting engaged student learning.
Position responsibilities are varied and call for strategic and energetic leadership. The successful candidate will be one who is committed to the importance and vitality of the liberal arts in undergraduate education; has the ability to inspire and engage professional educators in finding ways to improve the quality of the student academic experience; demonstrates outstanding planning, organizational and administrative skills; shows an openness to new ideas and innovative programming; and demonstrates exceptional communication skills.
Qualifications include an earned doctorate in an academic discipline offered by the College of Arts and Sciences with credentials appropriate for appointment as a tenured, full-professor. A significant record of successful leadership experience as a senior university administrator, experience with academic budgets and management of personnel is desirable, as is experience with federal, state or private grants.
The Dean will
- Lead the College of Arts and Sciences in the implementation of its strategic plan as well as the University’s comprehensive strategic plan, which includes targeted growth in the areas of science and mathematics https://gardner-webb.edu/about/strategic-plan/;
- Collaborate with the Office of Enrollment Management on strategies to grow enrollment in Arts & Science majors and programs;
- Provide leadership in the area of new program development and program review;
- Support and promote faculty research efforts as well as the University’s robust program of undergraduate research;
- Collaborate with the Office of Advancement on College of Arts and Science fundraising activities; and
- Work closely with other Deans and professional program leaders to integrate the arts and sciences with professional programs.
Other duties include
- Supervision of department chairs and directors of academic support programs;
- Oversight of teaching schedules, faculty loads, release time, and other related academic matters;
- Interviewing and hiring prospective faculty members based on recommendations from search committees and approval by the President and the Provost;
- Annual evaluation of faculty performance;
- Evaluation of college faculty as part of promotion and tenure reviews;
- Participation in the President’s Academic Council meetings, representing academic departments and support programs;
- Review and responsibility for budgets of academic departments and support programs;
- Chairing regular meetings of the Council of Arts and Sciences (chairs, directors),
- Review of requests for professional development funding; and
- Performance of other duties as assigned by the President or the Provost.
Gardner-Webb University, one of six private doctoral institutions in North Carolina (Carnegie classified Doctoral/Professional), is a coeducational, residential, private Christian institution with a strong emphasis in the Liberal Arts. Located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, GWU is conveniently situated within an hour’s drive of Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville-Spartanburg. The University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 3,500 students. Founded by North Carolina Baptists in 1905, Gardner-Webb University employs individuals who participate in and wholeheartedly support Christian values. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Internal applications welcome.
Application: Send application letter, vita, transcripts and names and contact information for at least 3 references to Dr. Ben Leslie, Provost. Electronic applications are preferable. Submit to Ms. Becky Wright, Administrative Assistant to the Provost (firstname.lastname@example.org). Paper submissions may be sent to PO Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017.
Review of applications will begin February 1, 2021 and continue until position is filled. Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2021.
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