Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
The Dean serves as the chief administrative and academic officer of the College. All academic and administrative decisions and recommendations pertaining to the College will be the prerogative of the Dean, subject to review by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the advisory roles of the faculty.
As key member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean reports to and works with the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer in the College, overseeing strategic planning; budgets; fundraising; curriculum; student recruitment and retention; faculty and staff recruitment, development, support, evaluation, and retention; program development; assessment and reporting; accreditation activities; administration; and community outreach.
Priorities of the College include further strengthening research
and graduate education, fostering a first-class undergraduate
educational experience within the college, implementing the
college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,
reinforcing positive relationships with stakeholders in the
community, and partnering with key entities across the university
to foster learner success. The new dean will provide inspirational
leadership grounded in a steady commitment to academic excellence
and aligned with the University’s strategic vision and values
To serve needs in Montana, there is an expectation that elementary and secondary teacher preparation program enrollment will grow under the new dean’s leadership. The College has a long and distinguished history in rural-based teacher education and grew out of a “normal school” as one of the founding programs of the university since 1929.
We are looking for a dean who has the following:
Knowledge and Experience
Work experience within the academic structure of a four-year comprehensive university. Demonstrated significant and successful administration experience; knowledge of and commitment to voluntary national accreditation ( e.g. CAEP and CACREP). Knowledge of the field of education and how the different components of the field interrelate to develop critical, responsive, and effective educators that span the areas of: elementary and secondary teacher education (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate/endorsement, and master’s), and school counseling. Knowledge and experience working in school environments with minoritized communities and linguistically, culturally, and economically diverse students. Knowledge and expertise to effectively ensure high quality inclusive learning environments to all learners. Experience with and commitment to inclusivity and diversity; knowledge of and commitment to interaction with education and business/industry communities; strong commitment to academic governance.
Proven leadership ability. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, linguistic, gender, sexuality, age, cultural, and ability diversity. Ability to promote student success and faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service aligned with the college’s vision and mission. Demonstrated ability to lead democratically and build collegiality and collaboration across the college with staff, faculty, and students as well as with school and community partners. Ability to perform all the essential functions of this position, including efficient fiscal management. Ability to analyze complex problems and to devise innovative solutions; to perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations and to assess the potential impact of alternative courses of action. Demonstrated ability to perform assessment, accreditation, service learning, and community engagement. Ability to develop PreK-12 school, community, and/or industry partnerships. Demonstrated commitment to faculty and student research.
Competency and Skills
Proven excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven skill in consultative decision-making. Demonstrated strengths in leadership, planning, evaluation, and curriculum design. A successful candidate should also possess a proven track record of consensus building and community building.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work with academic departments on developing and implementing
strategic planning goals, objectives, and action plans, and
efficient use of the college budget.
2. Work with the academic departments on developing new academic programs and revising or integrating existing programs.
3. Work with the academic departments to set and meet goals for student enrollment, retention, and graduation.
4. Work with the academic departments on programmatic assessment, accreditation and reaccreditation processes with NWCCU and programmatic accrediting agencies (e.g. CAEP and CACREP).
5. Work on meeting the need of the faculty and students for technological resources for teaching and learning and for research and scholarship.
6. Represent the college and provide leadership in University-level planning, scholarship, and evaluation.
7. Expand and enhance the College’s presence in the larger community via outreach, partnerships and recruiting activities including collaboration with other state and tribal colleges and universities.
8. Collaborate with Advancement and other personnel in fundraising efforts to strategically develop resources for the college.
9. Provide academic leadership in creating a vision for a dynamic College ensuring that curricula and degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, are innovative and promote currency in their fields.
10. Establish and maintain high academic standards that lead to the College’s sustained growth.
11. Serve as part of the Provost’s senior management team.
12.. Conduct performance reviews and evaluations for faculty and staff.
13. Encourage, support, and enhance faculty and staff professional development.
1. Terminal degree from accredited institution of higher
education in one of the disciplines or professions within the
2. A record as an accomplished administrator with progressively responsible academic administrative positions in higher education.
3. A record of accomplishment that has/would meet the standards for faculty tenure.
1. Previously tenured at a regionally accredited, baccalaureate
and graduate granting institution.
2. Evidence of senior faculty level effective teaching, and service contribution and scholarly efforts.
3. Demonstrated ability to be communicate clearly and effectively with constituencies.
4. A record of budget management, personnel management, strategic planning, and using analytics to guide decisions.
5. Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and a history of collaborative, inclusive, consultative, and transparent decision-making, including communicating difficult decisions respectfully.
6. A record of working with national and state policies and accreditation related to educator preparation programs.
7. A record of commitment, advocacy and success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff; infusion of diversity and inclusive teaching practices into the curriculum, and promotion of a work environment that is inclusive and collegial for faculty, staff, and students).
8. A history of innovation in developing and supporting academic programs that support student success goals.
9. Knowledge of programs and practices that focus on the improvement of retention and graduation rates of all MSUN students.
10. Knowledge of practices to promote student recruitment, persistence, and completion.
11. Demonstrated dedication to teaching and learning and to the mission of a public, comprehensive regional university.