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Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 22, 2023

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Type of Position:Senior Administration - Academic Deans

Workstudy Position:


Job Type:Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:


Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a dynamic, mid-sized public university that’s redefining higher education. We’re on a mission to provide transformative, hands-on learning experiences for students of all backgrounds and aspirations. Our multi-faceted approach to education offers a wealth of opportunities, with over 70 academic programs, including certificates, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We’re committed to building a diverse community that mirrors Arkansas’s rich tapestry, reflecting our dedication to serving the state’s varied population while enhancing the quality of our institution.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life, and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10 percent of employee salary.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Nestled along the Arkansas River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Old West at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, explore the eclectic local art scene, or take a scenic stroll along the picturesque riverfront trails. With a welcoming community, diverse dining options, and a thriving downtown, Fort Smith is the ideal destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking modern amenities.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Department:Academic Affairs

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences provides leadership and advocacy for strategic and fiscal planning; enrollment and curricular management; student recruitment and retention; program review and accreditation; faculty and staff recruitment, professional development, evaluation, and retention; excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, research, and professional application; and university and community relations. The Dean will foster interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations within the College, across campus, and in the community. This position provides the opportunity to set and execute the strategic direction for the College, ensuring program compliance with state and national accreditation guidelines. Critical to success is a history of working with a dynamic and diverse team of university administrators, faculty, staff, and key stakeholders to implement and advance the University’s academic and research goals, and other associated initiatives and priorities. The position reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Required Education and/or Work Experience:
  • Earned terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution in one of the disciplines in the College.
  • Experience as a dean or associate dean, or a minimum five years of experience in a department head or related higher educational administrative position supervising faculty in Arts and Sciences.
Preferred Education and/or Work Experience:
  • Record of professional accomplishments and scholarship that meets the qualifications for appointment to the rank of professor in one of the programs in the College.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating an academic strategic plan.
  • Record of promoting growth of research, scholarship, and creative activity among the faculty.
  • Experience in selecting, leading, mentoring, and evaluating department leadership as well as non-faculty staff members.
  • Record of supporting high impact teaching practices, experiential learning, and innovative pedagogy.
  • Experience securing and stewarding a major gift.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to articulate the College’s mission, goals, accomplishments, and needs to a broad range of external constituencies.
  • Proficiency in budget management
  • Ability to lead by consensus and with transparency.
  • Adeptness in working within a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Awareness of current local, national, and international trends and opportunities in education to advance the College including performance-based formula funding models.
  • Excellent understanding of assessment and accreditation
  • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students
Essential Job Duties:
  • Provides inspiring intellectual leadership and an innovative vision for how to achieve the mission of the College.
  • Fosters partnerships and programs to advance the College's and University's goals.
  • Supervises department chairs/directors and faculty in formulating and implementing College goals and policy.
  • Effectively interfaces and collaborates with other academic leadership including Deans of other colleges across campus.
  • Oversees recruiting, hiring and retention efforts for a highly qualified faculty and staff.
  • Leads faculty in governance, promoting a culture of excellence, ethics, service, and continuous improvement.
  • Fosters a climate of research and innovation to impact educational outcomes in all levels of education.
  • Directs accreditation, certification, assessment, and ongoing program development of academic programs.
  • Promotes professional development and innovation to ensure competence and effectiveness of the College.
  • Partners with university advancement to identify, expand, and support public and private funding for the College.
  • Serves as the professional liaison with public schools, government, and professional agencies and associations.
  • Represents the university in community scientific and cultural partnership.
  • Engages and strengthens College alumni relationships.
  • Leads budget planning for the College and its academic programs to ensure effective and efficient resource allocation and sound budget management.
  • Supports the effective utilization and management of college facilities and capital, both on-campus and in the community.
  • Promotes recruitment, retention, and timely graduation across all student populations.
  • Maintains a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates.
  • Requires consistent on-time attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Additional Information:

Working Relationships: The College of Arts and Sciences Dean interacts with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across the campus on a typical workday. The Dean may also interact with community stakeholders daily.

List Employees Supervised: The Dean leads a team consisting of the academic leadership of the College as well as administrative support staff.

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into a computer. The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:

155,000 and up depending on qualifications and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of five Professional References (name, email, business title), Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2024.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Human Resources 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:No Background Check Required

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:Yes



The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith offers a rich, vibrant learning environment for nearly 6,000 students each semester. UAFS aims to build its reputation as a regional destination for high-quality, affordable education, where diverse groups of aspirational students and faculty thrive and excel.

For more than 90 years, the university has been a mainstay of Fort Smith with a history as unique as each student who ever enrolled.

Through dynamic academic programs, innovative research opportunities, and transformational centers of intellectual and economic development, UAFS will advance its community and become an institution renowned for educating and inspiring the ambitious students who call it home.


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