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Dean of the Martin V. Smith (MVS) School of Business & Economics

California State University Channel Islands
California, United States
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Jul 20, 2021

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Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics


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 multiracial.

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 management.
  • An earned doctorate in a field appropriate to the MVS School of Business & Economics.
  • Experience with national accreditation procedures in management education.
  • 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 constituencies.
  • 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 here.


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 Chris Butler.



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.

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