Dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$110,000.00 - $140,000.00
Jan 14, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) offers students opportunities to become ethical, socially responsible, engaged learners who are prepared to assume leadership in a dynamic global context. The departments and programs that are part of CHASS include the School of Creativity + Practice, an integrated approach to learning that brings together the Departments of Art & Creative Media, Media Communication, and Music; Cannabis Studies; Chicano/a Studies; the Department of English/World Languages; the Department of History/Political Science/Philosophy/Geography; Homeland Security; Humanities & Social Sciences; Military Science; Non Profit Administration; the Department of Psychology; the Department of Social Work; the Department of Sociology/Criminology/Anthropology/ Women’s Studies; and Veteran Studies. CHASS offers 34 bachelor’s degrees, 19 emphasis areas, 27 minors, and a Master of Social Work (MSW). The College also is home to nearly 70% of the university-wide general education courses, including the majority of courses in written communication, humanities, history, and social sciences.


 Description of Job: **All responsibilities of faculty members at CSU Pueblo are in accordance with the Faculty Handbook.  The Faculty Handbook is the authoritative guide on specific requirements with regard to teaching assignments, scholarly activity, research, and service.

The Dean provides leadership and administration to the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, fostering excellence in the College’s teaching, research, scholarly and creative activity, and service missions. The Dean is responsible for maintaining academic quality in all academic programs within the College and for investigating new undergraduate and graduate programs especially those building on existing strengths; for maintaining discipline specific accreditation in music, social work and other areas where appropriate; for participating in fundraising, outreach, research and creative activity efforts throughout the community as appropriate; for maintaining and fostering collegial relationships with both campus and community constituents; and for advancing the mission and goals of the College, the University, and the CSU System.

Primary Duties
  • Provides leadership to the College and serves as liaison between the Provost and the faculty. Develops goals, objectives, and performance standards for the College that provide excellence in education and meet the vision of the College's future, in collaboration with faculty. Inspires and motivates faculty and students. Communicates the goals of the College and University to staff, students, and community and enlists support of all groups.  Conspicuously present and participating in University and Community Activities.  Strengthens relationships with external community and regional partners.
  • Communicates University and College policies and procedures to staff and faculty. Formulates and revises policies and procedures that affect the operation and functions of the different College programs, in collaboration with faculty. Ensures adherence to policies and regulations. Provides appropriate guidance and decisions to address personnel concerns, program needs, and student success.
  • Oversees and/or approves the development of appropriate and effective schedules of classes and teaching assignments by the departments. Leads the college's academic programs to ensure the highest quality and that graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be highly successful. Assists in the development and review of curriculum. Recommends program modifications and degree modifications to the departments. Evaluates programmatic needs as identified by students, staff, and faculty and in response to market opportunities explores the potential for new programs, degree offerings, delivery methods, financial support, and scheduling.
  • With assistance of department chairs, interviews, hires, trains, and assigns work to staff. Evaluates faculty and staff. Recommends tenure, promotion, continuation or termination of faculty. Resolves personnel issues in accordance with policy and procedure. Recommends disciplinary action to the Provost when appropriate.
  • Attends and participates in meetings of the Academic Council, University Leadership Team, and other committees, task forces, and groups as assigned. Collaborates with other Deans on academic policies and procedures, academic concerns and issues, and student retention and recruitment. Works collaboratively with other campus colleges and departments with specific focus on the Center for Integrated Health and Human Inquiry and other interdisciplinary endeavors.
  • Prepares and submits reports and other information in a timely manner as requested. Prepares reports for CCHE and the Board of Governors of the CSU System.
  • Develops, tracks, and is responsible for the College's budgets. Develops annual operating budgets and ensures that University Resources are efficiently and effectively allocated and utilized. Monitors and maintains budgetary controls and accountability. Responsible for effective fiscal management of all budgets including grants.
  • Recruits and cultivates new and continuing external donors for annual giving and endowment potential. Identify and support federal and other external grant writing, as well as legislative funding. Identify and pursue funding partnerships with other academic and non-academic partners. 
  • Models appropriate behavior and mentors faculty and professional staff. Facilitates and approves professional development activities for faculty and staff. Identifies and supports appropriate professional development activities. Determines and develops best practices to attract and retain high quality faculty and staff members. Provides support and encouragement for scholarly activities. Encourages faculty and staff to apply for grants and submit publications.
  • Leads recruitment and retention activities in the College including developing innovative approaches to retain students and ensure they reach graduation in a timely manner. Develops and supports plans for recruitment of students. Identifies best practices to increase enrollment.
Ancillary Duties
  • Supervises advising of both undergraduate and graduate students. Conspicuously present and participating in University and Community Activities.
  • Analyzes data from programs to determine student success, identify trends, and develop future recruitment and retention plans. Supports and leads department and faculty assessment activities.
  • Leads program reviews by gathering data, preparing reports and evaluating data to determine effectiveness of the individual and overall programs.


 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • PhD or terminal degree in one of the disciplines of the College or in a closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated record of successes in increasingly responsible positions.
  • Previous experience in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Previous experience developing and reviewing academic programs.
  • Five years (5) of experience in leadership and administration at the level of department chair, associate dean or dean.
  • Distinguished record of success in teaching, research, and service sufficient to warrant appointment as a tenured full professor.
  • Three years (3) of experience at a culturally diverse university including interactions with staff, faculty, student body, and community.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with discipline specific accreditation processes (e.g. CSWE, NASM).
  • Demonstrated leadership style suitable for a culturally diverse staff, faculty, student body and community.
  • Experience with online and distance education programs.
  • Experience in strategic planning.
  • Strong relationships with community leaders.
  • Experience working in a system environment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Experience in development and fundraising, including a record of successful external competitive grant proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships and innovative partnerships with students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and community (including local K12 educators, and industry).


 Supplemental Information: All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 23, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
 CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.   
 Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
 At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical Insurance and Prescription Drugs 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefit Plan 
  • Basic Term Life Insurance 
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • Travel Accident Insurance 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness and Accident Insurance 
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Annual & Sick Leave 
  • Retirement Plans
  •  About Pueblo, Colorado 
     The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
     CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
     The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
     It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
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     Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.