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Dean - School of Professional Studies

Peru State College
Peru, Nebraska
Competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications; excellent benefits package.
Date posted
Feb 28, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION:                      Dean, School of Professional Studies



SALARY:                         Salary negotiable DOQ’s. Excellent benefits package. Consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.



Position Overview

Students come to Peru State College dreaming about lives of meaning, fulfillment, and reward. The School of Professional Studies helps them develop skills, knowledge, and strategies to convert those dreams into reality.


The Dean for the School of Professional Studies is the thought leader, the steward, the shepherd, the builder, and the inspirational guide who keeps the School moving toward ambitious goals. The successful candidate will be a successful leader with a strong reputation for professionalism, collaboration, and a collegial, accessible style. They will be able to articulate a genuine commitment to Peru State’s open-enrollment mission and our support for students from all backgrounds. They must have a demonstrated passion for engaged learning, a knack for project management, great communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to lead a dedicated, high-caliber team of faculty and staff.


The School of Professional Studies is the home for the Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology programs, with 800 students, 17 full-time faculty, and 2 staff in total. Each major is available both on campus and online.



Primary Responsibilities

  • Establish a vision for the School and facilitate innovation, high-quality educational outcomes, engaged learning, enrollment growth, and student retention;  Build and maintain a robust assessment and program-evaluation program and make data-driven decisions for program enhancement;  Develop strong working relationships and formal partnerships with a wide variety of internal and external constituencies;  Keep informed and facilitate communication regarding activities and relevant trends for disciplines housed in the School and for higher education in general;  Meet with and advise existing and prospective students; Recommend, supervise, mentor, evaluate, and formally develop faculty and staff; Manage the department’s budget and office procedures; Actively participate in College recruiting efforts and campus events; Foster a collaborative and collegial environment; Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree; Ability to provide leadership for faculty in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology; Record of effective teaching experience in higher education; Record of scholarly or creative achievement;  Demonstrated leadership skills, including budget management; and Experience teaching and/or administering online programs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant leadership experience in public and/or higher education;  Experience generating and accommodating enrollment growth.



APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply at  Please submit the completed application plus letter of interest, and curriculum vitae clearly showing education, work background and years of experience.


This position is subject to veterans preference. Offers of employment will be conditional upon satisfactory results of a background check.


Peru State College’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” an arboretum campus, is nestled in historic southeast Nebraska.  The state’s first college, Peru State offers a unique mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management.  Peru State College is a member institution of the Nebraska State College System.


PSC is an equal opportunity institution. PSC does not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, or age in employment and education opportunities, including but not limited to admission decisions. The College has designated an individual to coordinate the College’s non-discrimination efforts to comply with regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Reports regarding discrimination or harassment may be directed to the following Compliance Coordinator. In addition, inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and practices may be directed to the Compliance Coordinator: Ms. Eulanda Cade, Peru State College, Administration Building, Room 312, PO Box 10, 600 Hoyt Street, Peru, NE 68421-0010, (402) 872-2230

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