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Dean School of Arts and Sciences

Farmingdale State College, SUNY
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration, Deans
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Dean - School of Arts & Sciences

About Farmingdale State College:

Farmingdale State College is a recognized leader in applied learning. With nearly 10,000 students, FSC is the State University of New York's largest college of applied science and technology. Farmingdale is dedicated to student success and delivers exceptional student outcomes and opportunities through teaching, scholarship and applied research for Long Island, New York, and beyond. As one of the largest institutions in the State University of New York system, FSC's commitment to student-centered learning and inclusiveness is unparalleled, preparing graduates to be exemplary citizens equipped to excel in a competitive, diverse, and technically dynamic society. Farmingdale was the first institution of public higher education on Long Island and has long been a cornerstone of the region's economy with 96% of graduates working in New York State and 75% working on Long Island. Farmingdale prepares emerging leaders in the growing technology, engineering, business, and health care fields.

Farmingdale State College is committed to inclusivity and excellence as part of our mission and culture. The College has received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. We seek candidates of all backgrounds who embrace these values and the broader mission of public higher education.

Recently Farmingdale was ranked among the top ten baccalaureate colleges nationally by The Washington Monthly with particularly high scores for promoting both social mobility and service.

The College is home to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which supports the development of biotech start-up companies and partners with surrounding businesses and research institutions along the growing Route 110 Business Corridor. Farmingdale's Nexus Center for Applied Learning and career Development is a widely recognized leader in its field

Farmingdale State College is investing more than $250 million in new construction and millions more to ensure FSC has the top-of-the-line facilities and technology for our campus community. In addition, Farmingdale State College is the co-host of the NY Off-Shore Wind Training Institute. In2020 the College earned Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for excellence in community engagement.

The College is increasingly focused on expanding student engagement. In addition to the highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program, Esports, and an extensive array of student clubs and organizations give FSC a strong culture of civic responsibility.

Job Description:

Farmingdale State College, a nationally ranked, financially-stable college on a growth trajectory, invites applications and nominations in the search for the next Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The College seeks a collaborative, collegial, creative, dynamic, and forward-thinking leader to serve as its next Dean. The Dean will join what many describe as the "Farmingdale family," where student success is the first priority and creative ideas come to fruition.

The Position: Reporting directly to the Provost, and supported by an Assistant Dean, the Dean provides academic leadership and administrative oversight for the School of Arts and Sciences. Responsibilities include oversight of the academic quality of the programs and courses offered through the School of Arts and Sciences; leadership for the initiation, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs within the School; and the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of all faculty and instructional support staff for reappointment, tenure, promotion, and discretionary salary adjustments. In addition to these responsibilities, the Dean is primarily responsible for the development and growth of the faculty with respect to teaching, scholarship, and service. The Dean is a member of the Deans' Council and plays a critical role in advancing the College's strategic plan. Working closely with all members of the College community, the Dean is the official channel of communication regarding matters relevant to the School of Arts and Sciences. With more than 13 Departments including ten degree-granting programs and one certificate program, the School of Arts and Sciences is considered the most comprehensive of the four schools on the campus. More information about the School of Arts and Sciences is available at

The Institution: Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912 and located in the heart of Long Island, is one of the fastest-growing colleges in the region and in the State University of New York system. Farmingdale State College is a thriving institution with robust enrollment, expanding academic programs, new and renovated infrastructure, and excellent student outcomes. With nearly 10,000 students, 801 faculty, and 637 staff, Farmingdale is the largest college of applied science and technology in the SUNY system with a focus on STEM education and equipping students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills sought by contemporary employers. Through its Schools of Business, Health Sciences, Engineering Technology, and Arts and Sciences, the College offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and a Master of Science degree in Technology Management program. Farmingdale is enjoying unprecedented success in introducing new, distinctive programs of study with excellent employment opportunities. About 90% of graduates are employed or attending graduate schools within six months of completing their degrees, and most graduates are working in positions related to their discipline. The Nexus Center for Applied Learning and Career Development is a pioneer in aligning student internships with career goals, the needs of leading regional and national firms, and the mission of the College. The College partners with more than 100 companies and organizations, large and small, in providing internship opportunities for students.

Farmingdale is an increasingly selective institution with over 60% of incoming students identifying the College as their first choice. The College's faculty includes 16 SUNY Distinguished Professors and 71 recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. An extremely successful NCAA Division III athletics program features some of the region's best facilities. Farmingdale also has one of the most diverse student populations within the SUNY system. Its program mix, remarkable outcomes, picturesque 380-acre campus, and central location on Long Island have made the College one of the fastest-growing institutions in the nation. Farmingdale is widely considered a top educational value. A SUNY and regional leader in return on investment, the College ranks in the top 24% of Forbes' "Best Value Colleges" and is recognized among the top 20% of the College Factual's "Best Colleges for the Money." Recently, Farmingdale was ranked among America's 50 Most Transformational Colleges by based on graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment. More information about Farmingdale State College can be found at

The college particularly welcomes candidates with knowledge, skills and abilities that include:

• Commitment to diversity and university initiatives supportive of diversity and inclusion.
• Interest in participating in student-centered service activities.
• Desire to apply expertise in promoting civic engagement with the College's many community partners.


Required Qualifications include:

• A Ph.D. in one of the Arts and Sciences disciplines from a regionally accredited institution, a record of scholarly publications, and professional eligibility for tenure at the full professor level is required.
• Progressive administrative experience in the role of academic department chair, assistant dean, associate dean, or a position that offered similar leadership opportunity and professional growth is required.
• Additional required qualifications include the ability to relate to and work with students in various aspects of their academic pursuits; proven ability to provide program leadership and development; experience in shared governance; interpersonal, management, and conflict resolution skills; demonstrated success working with a team to attain institutional goals; ability to make decisions in a consultative and informed manner; ability to establish organizational priorities and make difficult choices among competing demands; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications include:

• Experience in the following areas: public system of higher education; creating programs/policies for student recruitment/retention; assessment/accreditation of academic programs/institutions; and teaching in a four-year institution.
• Experience working with diverse populations is also strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time M/C position.

The State University of New York offers excellent fringe benefits including health insurance options and retirement plans. A benefits summary for this full-time M/C position can be found here.


The Consumer Information web page can be viewed at the following link

This page describes various services, information and statistics on many different aspects of the College's operations.

Farmingdale State College's commitment to inclusive excellence is an important part of our mission of public education and our culture. At Farmingdale State College, we continue to work on building a community that supports freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support these values of diversity and inclusiveness and candidates of all diverse backgrounds who wish to participate in our cultural aspirations are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Application Instructions:

Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please contact Isaac Karaffa, Vice President and Senior Consultant, or Kendra Mozug, Search Consultant, at the email address above. The review of candidates will begin on March 17, 2023, and first round interviews will commence thereafter. ONLY COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AT THIS ADDRESS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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