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Dean, Merze Tate College

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience
Date posted
Feb 1, 2024

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

Western Michigan University seeks an experienced and accomplished leader to serve as Dean of the Merze Tate College. The dean will have responsibility for developing a collegial environment and will recognize the importance of student success, consensus building, partnerships, interdisciplinary collaboration, alumni relations, and external funding in defining the College’s role in the broader mission of the University. The dean reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is responsible for visionary, innovative leadership, and effective administration of the College. The dean also serves on the Provost’s Council, which is engaged in university-wide policy and planning.

The Dean of the Merze Tate College advances the mission of the College and University. The dean is responsible for providing visionary leadership to advance the student success initiatives within Merze Tate College. Other essential responsibilities include development and assessment of student support programs, collaborating with staff and university faculty to develop and implement strategies for student recruitment, retention, and engagement; and serving as a visible and engaged advocate for the college. The dean will actively engage in fundraising and development activities to support the vision and mission of the College. The successful candidate will be positive, forward-thinking, creative, and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications

•    Earned doctorate or other terminal degree in a related field
•    Record of research and creative scholarship to warrant rank as a tenured full professor
•    Record of excellence in administrative leadership
•    Professional career activities demonstrating the highest ethical standard
•    Demonstrated commitment to professional accountability, including personnel development and staff success
•    Demonstrated knowledge of trends in, and leadership of, multi-faceted student success and retention programs
•    Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
•    Record of administrative experiences in a university or college setting, including management of budgets and personnel
•    Demonstrated ability to foster interdisciplinary community partnerships and student success programs to advance organizational goals
•    Excellent analytical, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills that are adaptable to a diverse range of audiences

Desired Qualifications

•    Demonstrated engagement in advocacy for social justice
•    Demonstrated data-informed decision making
•    Demonstrated ability to foster strategic thinking
•    Experience with an RCM-type budget model
•    Ability to collaborate within an atmosphere of shared governance

Nominations and Applications

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin February 26, 2024. Please submit application materials to . An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a curriculum vitae; and the names of five references with titles, addresses, business telephone numbers, and email addresses included. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to:

Dan Guyette, Search Committee Chair
Dean of the College of Fine Arts
Western Michigan University

For more information on Western Michigan University, please visit

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.





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