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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Northwest Missouri State University
64468, Maryville (US)
Salary is competitive market-based depending upon qualification and experience
Date posted
Jun 24, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Deans
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

EMPLOYMENT TERMS: Full-time; 12-month position


PRIMARY DUTY: The Dean serves as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. The Dean is charged with ensuring the College’s academic programs, research, faculty development, and student outcomes are of the highest quality and continue to grow. The Dean must bring administrative acumen and nimbleness in strategically allocating resources to advance the College’s mission. The Dean also serves as chief external representative to the broader community, with donors and alumni, and with other University leaders. The Dean will lead a vision that leverages its diverse strengths; manages the College organizationally and financially; supports faculty and staff; is actively engaged in building community relationships and advocating for the College within the University; continues and enhances its fundraising success; and effectively builds a strong collaborative group of faculty and staff. The Dean leads and collaborates on student enrollment, retention, graduation, assessment, and accreditations.



  1. The Dean will be expected to bring vision, creativity, and a vibrant leadership style to the College and contribute to the development and execution of Northwest’s strategic plan.
  2. Apply innovation and focus the College’s academic disciplines, curriculum, and student programming on the university’s academic vision
  3. Drive Northwest’s commitment to student success by supporting and nurturing faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  4. Lead program review and improvement within the college of Arts and Sciences through a commitment to using authentic, problem-solving methodologies, including technology, to enhance learning and program delivery within Northwest’s profession-based learning model.
  5. Understand and support the needs of a diverse collection of departments and faculty, including not only the traditional areas, but also interdisciplinary programming shared with the professional schools.
  6. Manage the fiscal affairs of the College.
  7. Oversee the Honors program.
  8. Collaborate with the Faculty Senate in guiding the Northwest Core general education program in serving as the curricular foundation at Northwest Missouri State University for developing broadly educated professionals and citizens
  9. Collaborate with University Advancement to secure a strong resource base through fundraising and strategic relationships.
  10. Interact with community colleges and other post-secondary institutions to develop enhanced educational opportunities for students.
  11. Ensure that departments in the college work with faculty, students, professional advisory boards, and other stakeholders in achieving excellence.
  12. Collaborate with the chairs in oversight area to administer the academic program review process.
  13. Work with chairs in oversight area to ensure undergraduate student learning outcomes (SLO’s) are in place for all programs at all levels and are used to assess program effectiveness and to foster continuous improvement of academic programs.
  14. Collaborate with Academic Affairs leadership in all matters of academic recruitment, performance, interdepartmental cooperation (including interdisciplinary activities and programs), and meeting the strategic goals and objections of the institution.
  15. Work with the provost on development of new/proposed academic policies as assigned by the provost as well as review of current policies considering flexibility and growth.
  16. Provide planning and operations assistance to executive management through active participation and leadership on task forces, committees and councils.
  17. Provide effective management of resources including fiscal responsibility for assigned budgets and overall supervisory authority for the budget process in the division.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned by the provost.



Education: Terminal degree in a higher education related field

Certification/License: n/a      

Experience: Minimum three to five years extensive experience in undergraduate programming and supervision of academic operations.

Skills: Leadership, Innovation, Communication, Strategic thinking        


WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will work in an office environment; may require additional night and weekend hours.



  • Chair Natural Sciences
  • Chair Mathematics and Statistics
  • Chair Language, Literature, and Writing
  • Chair Fine and Performing Arts
  • Chair Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Executive Assistant


EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Personal computer, printer, photocopier, Microsoft Office Suite


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: light work, 20 pounds lifting or carrying on an occasional basis


COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 110 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska. For more information visit the city’s website at


UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of about 10,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905 and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top public regional universities in the Midwest, Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jump start on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area and Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

The University is a national model for student success and career placement. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was named one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit




DATE AVAILABLE: August 1, 2024             


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking to reach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.


Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest is in the middle of everywhere. Everything a college town needs and nothing it doesn’t. We are an active campus with a championship culture. Our goal is student success – every student, every day. We go beyond hands-on learning with profession-based learning. The kind of training that allows a student to know if they are on the right path for their individual journey. At Northwest, we support students in every facet of the college journey.


Northwest has a history of bringing up educators, innovators and leaders since 1905. With 11 academic schools and departments and more than 200 degree programs, students can follow their passion with the support they need to succeed.

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