Dean College of Science and Mathematics
Tarleton State University seeks an experienced educator, researcher, and administrator to serve as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
Tarleton State University is an energetic, comprehensive Carnegie R2 Doctoral University: High Research Activity, with the elective Community Engagement classification, and a new member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The Class of 2027 is projected to be over 2,700 students and represents the largest, most diverse, and well-prepared group of incoming students in the university’s 124 years. The university has experienced record enrollment increases for the past five years. Fall 2022 saw another all-time high exceeding 15,000 students, up nearly 14 percent from 2019 — proof that Tarleton State is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier comprehensive public universities.
The university offers 82 bachelor’s, 31 master’s, and two doctoral degree options, with six additional research and health professional doctorates proposed for fall 2023–2026. For their majors, students choose from seven academic colleges — Agriculture and Natural Sciences; Business; Education; Mayfield College of Engineering; Health Sciences; Liberal and Fine Arts; and Science and Mathematics.
Close to 55% of Tarleton State students are first generation with no family tradition of seeking a post-secondary degree. Tarleton State students are a diverse group (almost 40 percent report an ethnicity other than white) from all parts of Texas, 43 states and almost three dozen countries. Nearly 80% receive some form of financial assistance, and almost 40% are Pell Grant eligible. They love the university — its people, its traditions, its commitment to student triumphs in and out of the classroom. The university is fast approaching status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Tarleton State University is a proud member of the Texas A&M University System, and serves students on the main campus in Stephenville, its growing Fort Worth campus, in Waco, and on the A&M RELLIS campus in College Station.
The College of Science and Mathematics at Tarleton State is home to 98 faculty and 7 staff who serve over 700 students majoring in undergraduate and graduate programs within the college. It consists of the three departments of Biological Sciences; Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics; and Mathematics, offers 9 baccalaureate and 5 master’s degrees, and manages a budget of almost $10 million. The college is currently seeking system and state approval for PhD programs in Applied Mathematics and Integrative Biology.
The dean serves as the academic officer responsible for executive management of the college and its full range of programs and initiatives; exercises leadership responsibility in advising the college regarding administrative, curriculum and budgetary matters; and provides a vision that contributes to achieving the goals of the institutional strategic plan. The ideal candidate will be a person who thinks creatively and energetically about the challenges of the changing demographics in higher education. The position reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Vision and Planning Fiduciary Decisions College Administration Personnel Responsibilities Educational Leadership Development/Fundraising College Governance Communities of Connection and Belonging Outreach
- An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the College. A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor. A 3-5 year track record of successful administrative leadership experience in higher education as a dean, associate dean, center or institute leader, department head or chair, or comparable position with responsibilities that have included budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, and promotion and tenure decisions.
- Emphasized commitment to student success demonstrated through impactful and transformative educational opportunities; Experience in launching and sustaining STEM masters and doctoral programs; Accomplishments in building institutional research capacity.
The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Applications should include the following components, as separate documents:
A detailed letter of interest addressing the responsibilities and qualifications outlined above;
A full curriculum vitae with relevant administrative and scholarly accomplishments and responsibilities;
A list of five professional references, including names, titles, organizations, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate’s relationship with each reference. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates.
Correspondence should be submitted to:
The search will be conducted with a commitment to maintaining confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Finalists will participate in on-campus interviews that may include a public presentation. A background check (including identity, degree verification, and criminal records scan) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position.
While applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. Anthem and the University reserve the right to end or extend the application process at any time. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.
Tarleton State University provides equal opportunity to all employees, students, applicants for employment, and the public regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status.