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Dean of the Faculty

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts
Nationally Competitive
Date posted
Nov 9, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Deans, Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Office of the Provost at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty, to begin on July 1, 2024. 

The Dean of Faculty will be a creative and collaborative scholar with a well-developed vision of the future of liberal arts education and the desire to advance the College’s academic excellence. Working closely with the Provost, the Dean will lead key strategic initiatives that expand and diversify the faculty and enhance the College’s standing as a national leader in cutting-edge scholarship and transformational learning within the undergraduate liberal arts context. The Dean of Faculty will play a decisive role in amplifying the College’s academic excellence by leading the recruitment and support of faculty (including through cluster and cross-disciplinary hiring initiatives as well as tenure-track and visiting hiring), cultivating strong departments, advising the Provost on budget allocations and investments, and translating strategic priorities into concrete actions that support and grow a world-class faculty at Holy Cross.

The Dean’s portfolio of responsibilities includes: overseeing the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs (including the appointment of department chairs); faculty hiring/recruitment and retention; designing and implementing policies related to academic excellence and faculty affairs; promoting positive departmental culture; advising department chairs and program directors on personnel matters; leading departmental external reviews; advising on departmental procedures and practices; advising the Provost during faculty merit processes, budget allocations, and infrastructure investments; participating in faculty and College-wide governance on behalf of the Provost and as a partner with departments, offices, and governance bodies. The Dean of Faculty works closely and collaboratively with the Dean of Faculty Development on a wide range of faculty and academic affairs matters..

Ongoing scholarly activity and pedagogical engagement is crucial to success in the role. The Dean will work with the Provost to identify a balance of responsibilities (with suitable support) in order to enable continuing active research and/or teaching one course annually.

The Dean is a direct report of the Provost & Dean of the College and the senior member of the Provost’s Cabinet. As a member of the Provost’s leadership team, the Dean works with other Deans and members of the cabinet as well as College-wide leadership, establishing trust, communicating with clarity, demonstrating flexibility, and bringing a growth-oriented, problem-solving mindset to the role.

Characteristics, Mindsets, and Qualifications

  • currently in a tenured faculty position at Holy Cross, or qualified to assume a tenured faculty position in an academic discipline offered at Holy Cross;
  • diplomacy, optimism, creativity, curiosity, commitment to effective collaboration;
  • demonstrated success in an administrative, service or leadership role, especially in roles that require oversight of faculty;
  • professional awareness of trends and challenges in US higher education, including a vision for faculty recruitment and retention strategies suited to a liberal arts context; clarity, efficacy and style as a writer and communicator;
  • demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence;
  • comfort with budgets, financial information, and strategic planning;
  • deep understanding of the goals and characteristics of a liberal arts education, with a well-articulated vision for the future of the liberal arts at Holy Cross;
  • understanding of our Jesuit mission and of the distinctive possibilities available to Holy Cross; precision, attention to detail, and comfort with budgets and planning.

Applications and Nominations

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a current cv only to no later than Monday, December 4, 2023.

Application letters should address the qualifications listed above as well as any goals or initiatives that the applicant would like to pursue in support of the College’s academic excellence. In the cover letter, please include the names of at least two academic/professional references. We will only contact references for finalists. The Provost’s Office will conduct a background check for finalists.

Informal inquiries and nominations may be directed to Dr. Elisabeth Hiles, Senior Advisor to the Provost & Director of Strategic Initiatives ( All such inquiries will remain strictly confidential. 



 College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,100 students and is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate an enduring commitment to academic excellence and who embrace the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.



The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace.

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