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Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Woodbury University
Burbank, California
Benefits-health and life insurance, tax deferred annuity plan, annual vacation, sick, paid holidays.
Posted Date
Oct 21, 2022

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time
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Woodbury University invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Dean serves as the chief academic and executive officer of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Woodbury University providing leadership for faculty, staff, and students and overseeing programs, policies, facilities, and budgets. Reporting to the Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean advocates for human, physical, and fiscal resources and is the key representative of the school to stakeholders, including alumni, employers, and donors. As the leader of the school, the Dean works to promote continued curricular development, physical and financial resource development, research and teaching initiatives of the faculty, student scholarship opportunities, professional, community and alumni relationships. Leading by example, the Dean demonstrates excellence in scholarly and academic achievement, professional outreach, and development. Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences here.

Subject to the eligibility requirements and conditions of each plan and program, this position qualifies for university sponsored employee benefit plans and programs (e.g., group health insurance, life insurance, tax deferred annuity, annual vacation, sick, and paid holidays plans (or programs).


Operational Leadership:

  • Works with the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in stewarding the mission, vision, and strategic plan, charting directions for the programs housed within the school, in alignment with the mission of the University.
  • Ensures the operations and performance of the programs within the College comply with the standards of designated accrediting bodies.
  • Ensures that the activities of the College support the teaching, research, and service missions of the University.
  • Facilitates and moderates collegial and respectful communication between the University and the College.
  • Provides leadership and support to chairs and coordinators.
  • Provides written evaluations for full-time faculty for contract renewal and rank advancement.
  • Provides annual performance reviews for supervised staff members.
  • Collaborates with chairs/coordinators on the resolution of student, faculty, and staff issues and concerns.
  • Establishes strategic directions for recruitment and retention of students and faculty.
  • Advocates during the annual University budgeting process for human, physical, and fiscal resources.
  • Manages human, physical, and fiscal resources to support the College’s programs, students, faculty, and staff.
  • Implements and manages the budget for College, via responsibility for creating, implementing, and evaluating budgets and cost projections for the College.
  • Ensures the College complies with University policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

University Leadership:

  • Participates in university-level leadership as a member of the Deans’ Council and other committees as assigned.
  • Collaborates with the SVPAA and other Deans to provide leadership for the entire University.
  • Fosters interdepartmental collaborations.
  • Supports the advancement and development functions of the University by developing strong connections to national disciplinary organizations; local and national industry and governmental organizations; and potential donors.
  • Avoids conflicts of interest, in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise (or appear to compromise) the allocation of professional time, energy, or judgment when acting as dean.
  • Mentors junior faculty and staff.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree (preferably in one of the disciplines offered in the College)
  • Successful administrative experience at the department level or higher, including program development, faculty relations, budgeting, student recruitment, online teaching, and faculty and student retention.
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching excellence.
  • A record of continuous intellectual achievement, including significant publications and/or creative works.
  • Excellent communication skills: interpersonal, written, and verbal.
  • Demonstrated experience in building community partnerships, maintaining liaisons with external groups, and obtaining external funds.

Physical Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Good vision, hearing/listening, speech.
  • Simple to complex reading, writing, clerical. and math skills.
  • Majority of duties are sedentary in nature.  Position requires extended periods of sitting.
  • Periods of standing and walking required.
  • Analyzing, perception and judgment/decision making ability.
  • Standard office hours with some irregular hours as required to meet the administrative responsibilities.

Application: Review of applications will begin Immediately and remain open until filled. Priority and consideration will be given to applications submitted by January 15, 2023.  The anticipated hire date is July 1, 2023. 

All application materials must be submitted through the Woodbury University Job Board. Email applications and submissions on third party platforms will not be considered.  Submissions must include:

  • Current resume/CV which lists educational and employment history.
  • Cover Letter
  • Provide an example of scholarly writing
  • Contact information for at least three references
  • Diversity Statement (either inclusive in the letter or a separate statement)

About Woodbury University

Located in Southern California at the global epicenter of creativity and influence, Woodbury University earns its reputation as a leading creative university thanks to nationally ranked programs in its School of Architecture and School of Media, Culture & Design (MCD). However, what accentuates our uniqueness is our array of unparalleled academic offerings as exemplified in the previously mentioned Schools as well as found in our School of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Woodbury, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), has been named a College of Distinction for seven years running and has earned the following professional accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD),
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).


With an eight-to-one student-to-faculty ratio, students learn from one of the most professionally accomplished faculties in the world; moreover, they intern and work at the most innovative companies in the world while continually evolving their careers to fulfill their professional dreams. Please follow the link to learn more about Woodbury University:


Woodbury University is dedicated to celebrating diversity and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  Woodbury University is an EEO/AA institution committed to multicultural diversity in its peoples and programs. All employment decisions for all job classifications will be made on the basis of such factors as education, character, ability, skill and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political orientation, disability, veteran status, marital status, parental status, genetic information, membership or non-membership in any lawful organization, or any other protected status.

Qualifications Education Preferred


Doctorate or better.



With 26 practice-based, fully-accredited professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors, Woodbury is a non-profit institution dedicated to the student experience.


Woodbury University transforms students into innovative professionals who will contribute responsibly to the global community. We achieve academic excellence by focusing on purposeful student engagement, establishing external partnerships and ensuring that all our processes, services and environment enrich the student experience.


Woodbury University cultivates a personal, interactive learning environment that focuses on innovative, practice-based professional and liberal arts education. We add distinct value with our focus on faculty-student interaction and support for student development and achievement. We focus on our Core Values and Strategic Principles to enable the success of our students, employers who hire our graduates, and the community at large.

Core Values

Excellence | Driven by standards of excellence in teaching, services, student well-being, community safety and sustainable practice
Ethics | Setting the highest standards of academic and professional behavior to encourage social responsibility
Aspiration | Pursuing ever higher levels of competitiveness, distinctiveness and service learning
Community | Building a culture that values diversity, open communication, collaboration and engagement


Woodbury University creates an inclusive climate because we know that the richness of different experiences and perspectives is intrinsically valuable and vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating a vibrant academic community.

We are committed to building a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness because this is an essential part of an experience-centered education.

We act on these values by pursuing individuals who themselves embody the experiences and perspectives of our different communities and have an understanding and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies.

We seek to create a campus culture with this wide range of perspectives and experiences by recruiting and encouraging diverse candidates to apply as students, staff and faculty, including people of any race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion or military status.

Strategic Principles

Civic Engagement | Achieving civic fulfillment through the process of giving back

Entrepreneurship | Fostering a culture of creativity, innovation and opportunity

Design Thinking | Developing the ability, desire and confidence to imagine new ideas to create impact and make a difference

Transdisciplinarity | Harnessing the creative power of multiple disciplines and communities that broaden perspectives across academic boundaries


Woodbury University wants to equip students, faculty and staff with theoretical and practical knowledge that addresses sustainability issues in their disciplines, careers, community relationships and daily lives.

Many changes within the environment have critically affected our way of life. From water shortages to pollution and climate change, our planet has become stressed, yet our relationship to our surroundings is detached. Acknowledging these environmental, social and economic issues, Woodbury's goal is to create and nurture sustainable campus life. At Woodbury, sustainability is regarded as a subject of study and is implemented in every sector of the institution.

Woodbury encourages continued learning about sustainability through coursework, research and the experiences of life on campus. Sustainable Woodbury prompts our community to explore our future, our current status and our past and challenges us to examine our natural and built environments, campus life, curriculum, co-curricular learning opportunities and stewardship of resources in the spirit of shared and just decision making.

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