Online application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a
list of three references with contact information, and transcripts
for all undergraduate and graduate degrees and degrees in progress.
To ensure full consideration, application materials should be
received no later than January 31st.
Designs, develops and executes academic policies and programs for
the college. Develops strategies to achieve educational goals and
objectives. Determines scheduling of courses and recommends
implementation of additional courses. Participates in activities of
faculty committees and oversees the departmental budget.
Establishes academic goals for the department to achieve and
maintain high standards in academic and teaching processes. Serves
as liaison officer with accrediting agencies which evaluate
academic programs. Initiates academic integrity and quality
education in the college by articulating University policy and
procedure to department or college. Responsible for maintaining
effective communication between students and faculty within the
college. Responsible for hiring faculty members, evaluating staff,
fundraising, budgeting, and setting academic rules and policies.
Directs and coordinates activities of deans and chairpersons of
Department Specific Essential Job Functions:
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), in its 133rd year of
existence, seeks an outstanding leader for the College of Liberal
Arts. UCO's main campus is in the community of Edmond and just
north of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area is
experiencing a period of unparalleled growth and development while
UCO serves proudly as Oklahoma City's Metropolitan University with
several facilities in downtown Oklahoma City. This includes the UCO
Boathouse at the Oklahoma River, the Academy of Contemporary Music,
and two downtown teaching facilities, including the newly renovated
Santa Fe Plaza that houses the MBA program. The UCO campus is very
diverse with most of its student population from the culturally and
ethnically diverse Metropolitan Area and with one in sixteen
students being international in origin. UCO is an institutional
member of the Council on Undergraduate Research and hosted the
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in the year
2018. UCO is a leading advocate for involving students in
experiential education through an active on-campus student grants
program in the Office of High-Impact Practices.
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is a vibrant community of around
140 full-time faculty and staff in eight academic units: the
Departments of English, History and Geography, Humanities and
Philosophy, Mass Communication, Modern Languages, Political
Science, Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies, and
the School of Criminal Justice. The CLA ranks second among the five
campus undergraduate colleges in credit hour production, generating
more than one-quarter of the total, a credit to its hard working
and innovative faculty and staff. More than 1,800 students are
currently pursuing a combined total of more than 50 undergraduate
and graduate degree options in the CLA, with around another 750
plus students pursuing a wide range of minors. The CLA vigorously
supports undergraduate research and creative activity, with the
college signature event, the Annual Student Symposium, currently in
its 36th year. Proudly promoting the institutional goal of global
competency through its language degrees, several departments have
additionally developed robust study tours in locations across
China, Europe, India, and Korea. The CLA is home to the New Plains
Review, UCO Debate, and strong master’s programs in English,
Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Public
Administration, Strategic Communication, and Substance Abuse
Studies. A major renovation and expansion of the Liberal Arts
building was recently completed, adding an additional 15
classrooms, a new 235-seat lecture hall, and an atrium. The
successful candidate will join an experienced college
administration that is creating exciting new initiatives with
remodeled and expanding facilities.
The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the
College and provides leadership, planning, coordination and
management for all academic, fiscal and personnel matters in the
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the
various types of work that may be performed. The omission of
specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the
position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment
to the position.
- Utilizes long-range strategic planning to develop, integrate,
facilitate, and accomplish the College and Departmental goals, in
alignment with the mission of the University and College, and in
collaboration with the Associate and Assistant Deans and the
Department Chairs/School Directors.
- Serves as a spokesperson for the College and as a liaison
between the College and other divisions of the University,
including interacting with other deans within the Division of
Academic Affairs to build a strong collaborative culture.
- Represents the College in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area,
the state, and other professional venues to uphold and promote the
image of the College.
- Maintains a broad vision for the College regarding campus-wide
academic, developing faculty, staff, and student outcomes, rewards,
and growth plans in collaboration with Academic Affairs and
assisting department Chairs in the fulfillment of departmental
responsibilities to ensure progress.
- Supports the Connected Campus initiative by developing fully
online program offerings, nurtures virtual, hybrid, and online
- Fosters excellence in teaching, scholarship, and research,
including supporting the professional growth and development of
faculty and staff and encouraging the development of the
- Serves as an advocate for the faculty, working with UCO
administrative offices to provide fiscal/physical resources and
- Encourages cooperative utilization and sharing of resources
among departments/schools, initiating team building among
department chairs/directors, faculty, and staff.
- Encourages diversity and equity.
- Administers policies of the university and college, responds to
faculty concerns, and evaluates employee performance.
- Supports, advocates for, and enables high-impact educational
practices, including UCO’s Central Six of Transformative
- Pursues policies and practices that include the enhancement and
integration of curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Uses competitive and comparative procurement practices.
- Supports and encourages grantsmanship through faculty
development mechanisms within the college and at other venues,
including pursuing external funding possibilities, especially
federally funded grants.
- Represents and advocates for the College and UCO to external
constituencies, devoting a minimum of 25% of college effort to
- Directs capital projects and building maintenance in the
college, working with departments to project and prioritize space
needs and responding to technology and equipment needs.
- Works with UCO Administration to provide a safe environment for
all faculty, staff, students, and guests, including working
constructively with the UCO Environmental and Safety Office and
practicing emergency preparedness.
- Maintains high visibility in the profession through maintaining
personal scholarship and grantsmanship activities.
- Accepts leadership positions in the community and serves as a
- Oversees assessment processes in the College and integrates
assessment into planning, decision-making, and resourcing of
allocations, including supporting accreditation compliance.
- Assists the departments in making curriculum decisions and
setting priorities based on assessment data.
- Serves as a role model academically, professionally, and
- Comfortable and skilled in conflict resolution and
- Maintains confidentiality.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Earned doctorate and experience as a full-time faculty member. At
least three to five years of progressively responsible academic
administrative experience at department-level or higher. A
distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service to
qualify for tenure in a college department including recent
evidence of presentations at national conferences and publication
in proceedings and/or journals. Demonstrated, and current evidence
for, success in obtaining federal funding in support of
student-centered learning outcomes. Demonstrated ability to provide
leadership in strategic planning, program and personnel assessment,
budget management, and technology applications. Recognizable vision
of and commitment to higher education and the College disciplines.
High energy level, dynamic leadership ability, and demonstrated
outstanding facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong ethical, moral and professional values. Commitment to
Evidence for the development of policies that promote high-impact
educational practices, including student-centered research.
Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating
procedures. Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Knowledge of human resource concepts, practices, policies, and
procedures. Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards,
policies and procedures within specialty area. Skill in examining
and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy,
and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Effective interpersonal and community relations skills and the
ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse
community. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and
judgments. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and
long-range goals. Ability to supervise and train employees to
include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Program planning and implementation skills. Employee development
and performance management skills. Knowledge of student development
theory and student personnel administration. Knowledge of student
support programs and services. Strong interpersonal skills with a
commitment to support public and private fundraising.
Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may
be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform essential functions.