Dean- School of Integrative Studies
The Dean of the School of Integrative Studies at Stephens College provides vision, direction, and leadership to an array of independent but interconnected academic programs. The Dean plays a critical role in fostering and supporting innovative curricula, pedagogy, and applied learning opportunities; for creating partnerships between the School of Integrative Studies and other programs, on and off campus; and for advancing faculty scholarship and professional practice. The Dean represents the School to colleagues, administrators, Trustees, alumnae, donors, and other funders.
The School of Integrative Studies develops in students the critical and creative thinking, liberal arts understandings, and applied professional practice that foster and support intellectual growth and professional success. Degree programs in the School of Integrative Studies emphasize the interdisciplinarity and cross-sector approaches necessary to contextualize, understand and address the complex challenges of a rapidly changing world.
The School of Integrative Studies is home to:
• Business Administration (with concentrations in Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Esports, and Event/Conference Management)
• Communication Design • Creative Writing
• Digital Filmmaking
• Event and Convention Management
• Fashion (Design and Product Development, Marketing and Management, Communication, and Apparel Studies), and
• Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting.
• Provide leadership, direction, advocacy, communication, coordination, and assessment of all academic programs within the School of Integrative Studies.
• Develop and support new degree programs in Communication Design and Business Administration.
• Establish and maintain a collaborative, collegial work climate that enhances communication, trust, and productivity among faculty, staff, and students.
• Build enrollment; collaborate with partners; and engage with the wider community.
• Identify and support opportunities for collaboration, team teaching and shared research among the School’s faculty and academic programs.
• Lead institutional change by nurturing an environment that embraces academic rigor, innovation and faculty artistic expression and scholarship.
• Collaborate with other campus offices to generate donor support and build brand visibility.
• Foster diversity and inclusivity.
• Hire, supervise, develop, retain, and evaluate the School of Integrative Studies’ faculty and staff.
• Provide leadership and oversight for the School’s strategic planning, budget management, new program development, and program assessment.
• Maintain the academic quality, integrity, and reputation of all programs within the School.
• Supervise the College’s exhibition and presentation programs, focusing on integrity, inventory control, ROI, and program integration.
• Collect, analyze, and disaggregate data to inform decision making.
• Oversee program review to develop long-range and short-term goals, objectives and priorities, and monitor projects to insure maximum effectiveness, compliance with budget parameters, and completion.
• Conduct all tasks related to program/course approval, course scheduling, faculty workload, advising, degree checks, transcript review, and articulation agreements.
• Serve on the Deans' Council and other institutional committees as assigned.
• In collaboration with the Office of Enrollment Management, take a major role in the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and degree completion of students in the School.
• In collaboration with the Marketing Department, manage the branding and marketing of the School and its programs.
• In collaboration with the Office of Advancement, play a major role in fundraising for the School and its associated initiatives.
• Holds a terminal degree (MFA, MBA, or doctorate degree) in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Has a significant track record of successful teaching at a college or university.
• Has experience building new degree programs, including interdisciplinary programs as well as those in emerging fields.
• Has an established record of creative practice and scholarly work.
• Effectively communicates ideas, plans, and vision, orally and in writing.
• Has documented experience managing budgets.
• Experience as an academic administrator at the level of department chair, director, associate dean, or dean in a related discipline or program.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively lead a diverse team.
Since its founding in 1833, Stephens has been offering innovative, career-focused programs grounded in the liberal arts with a focus on creative arts and health sciences. It is the second-oldest female educational establishment that is still a women's college in the United States. Stephen’s is proudly located in Columbia, Missouri, home to a flagship public university and two private colleges. The faculty take a hands-on, experiential approach to education, making sure students get both quality classroom instruction and external work experiences that complement their coursework. Graduates are prepared to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Stephens also provides graduate, online, and certificate programs to women and men as part of its commitment to lifelong learning. The College community prides itself on fostering a close-knit faculty atmosphere and providing a welcoming, learning-centered environment for all students. The learning community is distinguished by small classes, close engagement with faculty, intellectual rigor, and vibrant programs of study that reflect the College’s mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens College contributes to the vibrant social and cultural climate that makes Columbia, Missouri such a desirable place to live. Columbia was rated #33 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live as rated by livability.com, and the #21 Best City to Live in America by niche.com.