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Dean of the Division of Social Sciences

Columbia College
Columbia, South Carolina
Not specified
Posted Date
May 8, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Division of Social Sciences at Columbia College (SC) invites applications for division dean (tenure-track, rank open) to begin as soon as August 2023 with strong teaching focus in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related field.

Columbia College is a liberal arts college with five academic divisions that is committed to creating a learning community that values diversity and inclusion. We seek candidates who will provide inspiration to teaching, leadership, research, and who can build collaborative relationships in the college and profession.

The Division of Social Sciences serves over 350 students, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in the social/behavioral sciences, helping professions, and public safety/service. Programs are offered in day, evening, and online formats. Students are equipped for a variety of professions based on internship and research opportunities to maximize their professional preparation. The division’s strengths lie in supportive faculty and students with a commitment to social justice and sensitivity to the needs of underserved and marginalized populations.

The position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment that reports to the Provost. The Dean provides leadership to division faculty and oversees the divisions undergraduate and graduate programs. Responsibilities include serving as chair of the undergraduate Behavioral Science major program (to include advising); planning and administration of the division budget; oversight of assessment for undergraduate and graduate programs in the division; on-campus and online course planning; mentoring and orienting of adjunct instructors; and completing summer work (annual division report, faculty evaluations, and other responsibilities as needed).

Teaching load for the dean position is six credit hours for each of fall and spring semesters. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to design and deliver courses in a variety of formats, including online and hybrid modalities, and are expected to teach core courses and specialized courses in their discipline area. The candidate is expected to have flexibility in class scheduling to meet the needs of the college.

Columbia College offers a competitive benefits package.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate, at least 5 years of experience as a full-time faculty member, and at least three years of administrative and/or operational experience in academic leadership roles. Candidates should demonstrate strengths in leadership, administration, and teaching. All required documents must be submitted for the application to be reviewed.


To apply, a candidate must submit the following materials through the online submission portal (all in one pdf file with the exception of the cover letter, which may be uploaded as a separate document):

  • A cover letter describing teaching interests/experiences and administrative experience
  • A current curriculum vitae  
  • A teaching statement that includes the applicants teaching philosophy and methodology
  • A statement regarding the applicant’s research and other scholarly endeavors
  • Names and contact information for three references, and
  • Copies of graduate transcripts. Unofficial copies of transcripts will suffice for the initial application stage.

To apply for this position, submit application materials through the online submission website at

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Karen Thompson, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, via email at

About Columbia College

Columbia College was founded in 1854 as Columbia Female College by the Methodist Conference of South Carolina. Today, Columbia College offers a personalized liberal arts education that is open and inclusive to all. The College provides educational opportunities that develop students’ capacity for critical thought and expression, lifelong learning and acceptance of personal responsibility.

Columbia College empowers students to change the world with Courage for Innovation, Commitment to Social Justice, Confidence through Service, and Competence in Leadership. In furtherance of its mission, the College is responsive to the needs of students, the communities to which it belongs, and the greater global society.

Columbia College encompasses the historic undergraduate day college as well as evening, online, and graduate programs. Total enrollment is approximately 1200. The College is noted for faculty who foster academic excellence through collaborative teaching and learning; a vital learning community in which character, ethics, and values are cultivated; the study of leadership enhanced by opportunities for practical application; programs that capitalize on advances in technology; and learning environments that extend beyond the classroom.

Columbia College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Columbia College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

For more information about Columbia College, please visit For information about the city of Columbia, South Carolina, please visit

Columbia College is EOE M/F/D/V.

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