Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (72757)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. This appointment will be made during the Spring semester 2021, with a projected start date on or before August 16, 2021.

The specific roles to be assigned to this position have not yet been determined. Duties and responsibilities will be considered during the interview and offer process, and there will be a redistribution of duties now being performed by current Associate Deans. For this reason, applications will be accepted from faculty based in any of the three College divisions.

The primary responsibility of Associate Deans is to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a whole. All Associate Deans are assigned portfolios that in whole or in part cut across all departments in the College, such as research, facilities, undergraduate affairs, graduate affairs, faculty affairs, international affairs, and curriculum. Some associate deans also serve as liaison to academic units in the College, typically divided roughly into humanities, natural sciences and math, social and behavioral sciences, and centers and programs.

This position is a 12-month appointment, normally extending for three or more years.

Open only to current tenured members of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty.

Required Qualifications :

Applicants should be tenured faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and possess:

  • A commitment to the mission of CLAS and to the preeminence of UF
  • A dedication to development of:
    • An outstanding educational experience for all students
    • Research and scholarly excellence in the CLAS faculty
    • Interdisciplinary and international programs
    • Broad diversity in the college faculty, staff and students
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills and an inclination to use them
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively, analytically, and flexibly
  • Willingness to promote innovation
  • Exceptional diplomatic and conflict resolution skills

Preferred Qualifications :

A robust record of administrative and/or university experience. Rank of Professor, or the potential to be promoted to that rank in the near future.

For consideration, applications must be submitted online at and must include: (1) a letter of application not to exceed three single-spaced pages, (2) a current CV, and (3) contact information for three references (of whom at least two must be faculty members at the University of Florida). In the letter please address your qualifications and preparation for this position.

The position will remain open until filled, but for full consideration please submit application materials by Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

CLAS faculty, students, and staff are invited to submit nominations by contacting any member of the search and screening committee. This committee will be chaired by Associate Dean Mary Watt and include the following members: Anna Peterson (Religion), Badredine Arfi (Political Science), Fiona McLaughlin (Languages, Literature and Cultures / Linguistics), Gene Witmer (Philosophy).

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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