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Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts

Florida Tech
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 30, 2021

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Administrative, Deans
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Florida Institute of Technology invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts (CoPLA). Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of the College. The CoPLA Dean will manage three schools with diverse disciplinary concentrations: the School of Psychology, the School of Behavior Analysis, and the School of Arts and Communication. In addition, the Dean will oversee the Department of Military Science (ROTC), CoPLA online programs, Scott Center for Autism Treatment, and Community Psychological Services (CPS). The Dean will be responsible for accreditation processes, budgeting for each academic unit, fundraising and outreach, and faculty and staff assignments, including hiring and evaluation.

The CoPLA Dean must be a proven leader, fostering collegiality and excellence in scholarship, teaching, student learning, and service to the university, community, and profession. The Dean will be responsible for articulating the College's mission and vision both within and outside of the College; building relationships with faculty and staff based on trust, transparency, and engagement; collaborating across colleges to engage in university initiatives; and effectively and efficiently managing the College's finances. The Dean must be a creative and collaborative leader who recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences and will serve as an advocate for CoPLA students, faculty, and programs. The Dean should have the vision and drive needed to grow and enhance CoPLA programs and a strong commitment to student success and faculty development.

Required Qualifications

Candidates for Dean of CoPLA must hold a Ph.D., Psy.D., or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution, and academic and scholarly accomplishments meriting appointment to the rank of full professor in an academic discipline within the College. The successful candidate must have academic management experience at or above the program level. In addition, preferred qualifications include:

  • Strong and proven capabilities in strategic planning, financial stewardship, resource allocation, human resource management, risk management, and related decision-making
  • Background in program development
  • Experience in accreditation
  • Knowledge of assessment of learning outcomes
  • Committed to open communication and shared governance
  • Publicly committed to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Active in national and international academic and/or professional organizations

The College

The College of Psychology and Liberal Arts has the mission of providing to students a foundation to the philosophies, concepts, methods of inquiry, and knowledge bases underlying the liberal arts, behavioral sciences, and social sciences. The college strives to develop global citizens for a multicultural and technology-driven 21st century, who can realize their full potential through an understanding of cultural diversity, an appreciation of the creative arts, knowledge of the history of human interaction, and developing effective communication and problem-solving skill sets.

The college offers bachelor’s degrees in applied behavior analysis, forensic psychology, humanities, multiplatform journalism, psychology, and strategic communication, and master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis (ABAI accredited), global strategic communication, industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior management, organizational leadership, and professional behavior analysis. Doctoral degrees are awarded in behavior analysis (ABAI accredited), industrial/organizational psychology, and clinical psychology (APA accredited since 1983). In addition to these programs offered on campus, the college offers associate degrees in liberal arts and criminal justice, and bachelor’s degrees in applied psychology and criminal justice through Florida Tech Online. 

CoPLA is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that facilitates diversity across several dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and race. We welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, mentoring, and professional service.

The Community

Located two miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean in Melbourne, FL, Florida Tech mixes the excitement of rocket launches from nearby Kennedy Space Center with the laid-back atmosphere of a beach community. Historic Downtown Melbourne and the avant garde Eau Gallie Arts District provide many restaurants, night spots, museums, and boutiques. For larger entertainment events, the King Center in north Melbourne and many venues in nearby Orlando deliver plays, concerts, ice shows, and sporting events

The University

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast, and offers degree programs at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Over 9,200 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in fields of study across four academic colleges of aeronautics, business, engineering and science, and psychology and liberal arts. Florida Tech has the highest level of international diversity of all American universities at the undergraduate level.


Applications should include a letter of interest that addresses the required qualifications and expected qualities described above, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five references. Application review will begin September 15, 2021. The start date for this position is July 1, 2022. Please navigate to this link for information and to begin the application process:

For additional information or questions, please contact Lisa Perdigao, Chairperson of the CoPLA Dean search committee at: or (321) 674-8370.

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