Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business &
California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites
confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications for the
position of Dean of the Martin V. Smith (MVS) School of Business
& Economics. The Dean will lead the MVS School at a growing and
vibrant institution committed to academic excellence and student
success. The successful candidate will possess a singular
commitment to serving a largely first generation, historically
underserved student body and a demonstrated record of advancing
inclusive excellence within an academic community. The search is
open and international in its outreach.
The newest addition to the California State University system,
California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002
with 629 transfer students and welcomed its first freshman class in
2003. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into
one of the premier public universities not only in California, but
also in the nation. In 2019, CSUCI attained the inaugural Seal of
Excelencia, granted by the Washington, D.C.-based organization,
Excelencia in Education, for facilitating the success of
Latinx students. CSUSI was also recognized by Time’s MONEY
Magazine as the 15th Most Transformative University in the
nation based on post-graduate success and was ranked 20th in the
nation for social mobility by CollegeNet for facilitating the
economic mobility of its graduates.
As a regional public comprehensive university, CSUCI is a
mission-based institution grounded in its four pillars of
integrative approaches, community engagement, and multicultural and
international perspectives. The faculty of CSUCI engage students in
an inquiry-based curriculum and are dedicated to educating
civically engaged leaders for a global society. CSUCI encourages
research and scholarly activity in the pursuit of academic
excellence by both faculty and students. CSUCI is poised to
continue to grow in size and renown, while maintaining an immersive
and student-focused learning environment. CSUCI offers 26
undergraduate majors, 6 graduate degrees, and a variety of
certificate and teaching credential programs.
The 1200-acre University campus is located in coastal Ventura
County and is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate and nearly 250
graduate students. A proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), 56%
of the CSUCI students are Latinx, 25% are White, 2% are
African-American, 6% are Asian-American, and 4% are
The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics has a
liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus. It is built on the five
Cs: critical thinking, collaboration (working with others),
communication (oral and written English), conduct (ethical), and
competencies (in business related disciplines). Students learn the
fundamental principles of accounting, economics, finance,
information systems, management, marketing, and operations as
applied in a variety of organizational settings. A distinguishing
aspect of the Business and Economics Program is the requirement to
take courses developed in conjunction with disciplines outside the
traditional business curriculum.
The Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business &
Economics is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer
for the MVS School, and reports to the Provost. The Dean will
provide program direction and support to the faculty in the MVS
School of Business & Economics and further the mission-centered
goals of the Division of Academic Affairs.
The successful candidate will have:
- Significant experience in academic leadership in higher
education commensurate with the position of Dean and experience
with enrollment management, human resources, and budget
- An earned doctorate in a field appropriate to the MVS School of
Business & Economics.
- Experience with national accreditation procedures in management
- Commitment to academic excellence and the ability to work with
faculty to develop, articulate, and implement a constructive vision
for the MVS School of Business & Economics in addition to a
demonstrated commitment to diversity and building a multicultural
teaching and learning community.
- A record of excellent teaching, scholarship, and service, and
eligibility for appointment at the rank of Professor.
- Demonstrated skill in team building and working with diverse
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven
ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff,
other administrators, and community/school partners.
- Evidence of a strong commitment to effectively engage and work
with a diverse student population, many of whom are
first-generation and/or come from minoritized groups.
- Evidence of effective cross-cultural interpersonal and
communication skills (i.e., multicultural competencies).
- A proven record of support and advancement for faculty and
staff from minoritized groups.
- A record or significant potential to work effectively with
donors and foundations.
More information, including an institutional profile with a full
list of duties and responsibilities, can be found
How to Apply
The University is being assisted by Academic Search.
Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a
curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with
full contact information. No references will be contacted without
the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications,
nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted
electronically, and in confidence, to:
The position is open until filled but only applications received
by September 1, 2021, can be assured full
consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may
be arranged by contacting consultants Ann Die Hasselmo and
California State University Channel Islands is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
We consider qualified applicants for employment without
regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age,
sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual
orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability,
marital status or protected veteran status.