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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Delta State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 8, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
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Full Time

Delta State University

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Position Type: Administrative

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Posting Number: 201201464

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Tenure/Non-Tenure: Tenure Track

Salary Basis: 12 month

Delta State University (DSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in the Mississippi Delta in Cleveland, MS, located on 332 acres, with over 2,700 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate students. Dozens of degree programs on the undergraduate level provide educational opportunities in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Aviation, Education, and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Graduate programs on the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

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REPORTS/RELATIONSHIPS:This position will report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences directly supervises 11 full-time employees while indirectly supervises 75 full-time employees. The college is organized into the following departments:
  • Art
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics and Sciences
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies
  • Delta Music Institute
  • Languages and Literature
  • Music
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences

BASIC FUNCTIONS:Provide academic, intellectual, and administrative leadership for the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest and most diverse college on campus. Serve as visible ‘face' of the College to internal and external constituents.
Specific expectations/duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
  • Develop College strategic initiatives and create a positive work and learning environment within the College.
  • Advocate to the Provost/VPAA for the interests of the College.
  • Balance the needs and expectations of the departments and College with those of the University.
  • Engage in effective budget management.
  • Advocate for new programs and initiatives while cultivating/supporting current academic programs and their curricula.
  • Provide oversight of university accreditation related to the college (SACSCOC) and oversight of specialized accreditation efforts within the college: music, art, and social work.
  • Exhibit a familiarity with contemporary enrollment management practices at the college level.
  • Secure external funding through grants and/or development and advancement activity.
  • Provide effective Human resource management oversight, including tenure/promotion reviews and faculty/chair/staff annual evaluations.
  • Administer policies and procedures affecting personnel matters, academic programs, conflict management, and student academic issues.
  • Represent the college in the Academic Council, Cabinet Advance, Chairs Council, various search committees, and similar entities.
  • Efficiently process paperwork related to the College and university.
  • Support faculty through faculty development.

  • At least three years of experience in academic administration as chair of a department or division; service as a dean/associate dean for more than one year preferred.
  • A record of excellence in teaching, research, and service appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor at Delta State University.

12 monthCommensurate with experience, qualifications, and university’s resources.

Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information, please use the contact information below. To apply, submit the three application documents described below to:

Coleman Lew Canny BowenChris Shade, ConsultantDSU-DCAS@CLCBsearch.com704.377.0362
Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. Applications should consist of the following documents, to be submitted electronically in .pdf format:
  1. a detailed letter of interest addressing the leadership agenda and qualifications as outlined in this profile;
  2. a full resume/curriculum vitae with relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments; and
  3. a list of five professional references, including names, phone numbers, and email addresses, noting the candidate’s relationship for each reference. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only with the candidate’s permission.

Additional Information:
All application items must be submitted to Coleman Lew Caney Bowen at

Any items submitted to Delta State University directly will NOT be considered for employment.

Open Date: 03/05/2024

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: No

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Click Here

Delta State University is committed to a policy of equal employment and educational opportunity. Delta State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the University. jeid-b647c281b2e1594e801c547927b90193

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