The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Business, Health, and Human Services. The newly formed College of Business, Health, and Human Services seeks a dean who will help empower the college’s diverse and innovative units to build on their achievements and take the next steps forward. The new dean will have the opportunity to develop and implement a unified vision for the college to help achieve its mission to apply theory and research to drive social change. Reporting to the provost, the dean will work cooperatively with the faculty, department chairs, other deans, the provost, and the chancellor to develop and implement the college’s and university’s strategic plans and other institutional goals. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.
The successful dean candidate will be expected to provide leadership in all aspects of the college’s operation, including: advance the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching, both in person and online; support and embrace the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; lead initiatives to recruit students as well as increase enrollment and retention; take advantage of the college’s location in the capital city; build partnerships with the community; raise the state, regional and national profile of the college and its programs; represent the college before the university community, alumni, and other outside entities; lead major fund-raising efforts, focusing on developing significant sources of private funds to support current and ongoing programs and build existing endowments; develop and promote online programs; value and manage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary endeavors; and enhance the sense of community among faculty, students, administrators, and staff.
The College of Business, Health, and Human Services (https://ualr.edu/cbhhs/) includes the School of Business, the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation, the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. These five schools offer a variety of degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s level as well as the state’s only PhD in Criminal Justice. Some of the largest and most successful online programs can also be found in this college.
UA Little Rock, classified as a “High Research” doctoral institution by the Carnegie Foundation, is Arkansas’s premier metropolitan university and enrolls nearly 9,000 full- and part-time students. In addition, the university offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees across more than thirty departments in three degree granting colleges and a law school. UA Little Rock provides a unique environment that combines a fast-paced business and technology hub with cultural offerings and deep ties to the Little Rock community. Located in Central Arkansas, Little Rock is the capital city of the state. Featuring ample affordable housing opportunities and a diverse and vibrant food scene, the city is also home to many cultural institutions like Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Robinson Center Performance Hall, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. Metro Little Rock offers ten world-class healthcare institutions and one of the nation’s largest pediatric hospitals in Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Little Rock promotes a lifetime of learning with educational opportunities ranging from award-winning K-12 public schools to private, college preparatory academies, and 20 colleges and universities. Known as the Natural State, Arkansas features 52 state parks and is populated by stunning lakes and rivers. Central Arkansas features a 34-mile recreational trail that connects downtown Little Rock to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. According to the Tax Foundation, a dollar in Arkansas goes farther than anywhere in America.
Required Education and Experience: Candidates must have a terminal degree from an accredited institution, a proven track record of leading and managing organizational change, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and at least five (5) years of demonstrated administrative experience, including a record of collaborative, visionary leadership at the department level or above. Equivalent leadership experience in a non-academic organization will be considered.
Preferred Education and Experience: Preferred candidates should have successful fundraising experience; intellectual leadership; and, a record of collaboration in a variety of settings, should manifest strong and effective communication skills, have experience in successfully growing a department, school, college, or organization, and should have demonstrated experience with and/or a vision for student recruitment.
Required Documents to Apply: Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, DEI Statement, and a List of Five References. The DEI statement should include one or two paragraphs detailing and describing how diversity work figures into your leadership style, research, and community engagement and/or lived experiences and how you might incorporate diversity into your future work. Official transcripts will be required for hire.
Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at http://ualr.edu/humanresources/. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.