The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a dynamic leader to serve
as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S). The dean is
the chief academic and administrative officer of A&S, who is
responsible for providing thoughtful, innovative and equitable
college-level leadership, vision, and planning; integrating the
three A&S divisions (upon the reorganization of the College);
and promoting the broad liberal arts' mission of the College. This
position reports directly to the provost and executive vice
chancellor for academic affairs.
The dean serves two equally important roles. First, the dean is the
principal advocate for the College of Arts and Sciences both within
and outside the university. Second, as a member of the provost’s
campus academic leadership team, the dean works cooperatively and
collaboratively with other university leaders, and campus faculty
and staff to advance the goals and mission of the College of Arts
& Sciences and the CU Boulder campus overall.
The dean must be committed to providing dynamic leadership that is
innovative, collaborative, communicative, and transparent; valuing
and encouraging the contributions of a wide variety of individuals
and programs across the three divisions; and supporting the
principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The dean must also
be committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service;
recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, students, and staff;
and supporting academic freedom. The dean must be dedicated to
engaging in significant fundraising. All of the dean’s activities
are to be firmly grounded in CU Boulder’s shared values of
integrity, respect, inclusiveness, and openness.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
College of Arts and Sciences (A&S)
is the largest college
on the Boulder campus, conducting research, scholarship, creative
work and education in more than 60 fields. The college leads
nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural
sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing
world-class research and scholarship to CU students, both in and
out of the classroom. A&S research generates new knowledge,
solving some of the world’s most critical problems. Faculty in
A&S include 5 Nobel laureates, 25 members of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, 9 MacArthur winners, 4 National Medal
of Science winners, and 1 Pulitzer Prize winner.
A&S is comprised of three divisions (natural sciences, social
sciences, and arts and humanities) which in combination have nearly
40 academic units and nearly 50 programs such as the Miramontes Arts &
(MASP) and the Colorado
; centers such as the Center for
; and associated institutes such as the BioFrontiers Institute
. The college is home to more than 700 tenured and tenure-track
faculty, approximately 1,000 non-tenure-track teaching faculty,
approximately 400 university and classified staff, and more than
17,000 undergraduates and 2,280 graduate students.
A&S is part of the Boulder campus’ Division of Academic
Affairs. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of only 36 U.S.
public research institutions in the Association of American
Universities (AAU), a group of institutions recognized as America’s
leading research universities. The university has nine schools and
colleges offering over 150 academic programs and enrolling 35,000
degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. The University
of Colorado Boulder is one of the world’s most innovative
communities of scholars and learners, who accelerate human
potential to solve the humanitarian, social and technological
challenges of the 21st century.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
- Implement the
strategic missions of the College of Arts and Sciences and the
- Lead and effectively manage the implementation of the
recently-established strategic reorganization plan for
- Lead and manage college-wide programs, support services and
administrative functions, including college-wide operating policies
- Hold primary responsibility for the overall student, faculty,
and staff experience in the college.
- Promote and foster scholarship, research, creative activity and
innovation within the college and across other schools and colleges
consistent with the mission of the campus.
- Provide leadership and vision in developing and modifying
A&S academic programs, curricula, services, policies and
procedures, in collaboration with the divisional deans, faculty and
staff to ensure academic excellence in meeting the current and
future needs of the students.
- Confer regularly with the deans of the three divisions on
matters of common concern to the college including ensuring
divisional programs and initiatives align with college-wide
objectives; consulting regularly with deans, department chairs,
faculty, and staff to plan and evaluate academic programs and
services; and resolving interdivisional issues.
- Manage all college matters not assigned to the dean of natural
sciences, the dean of social sciences, and the dean of arts and
humanities, and ensure objectives and matters explicitly assigned
to those divisional deans are appropriately addressed.
- Promote excellence in teaching among all instructional
faculty/student teaching assistants through development activities
and in collaboration with faculty/student teaching assistants.
- Build and maintain effective relationships throughout A&S
and the university as well as peers at other leading
- As a member of the provost’s leadership team, along with the
deans of divisions represent the College of Arts and Sciences to
university administration; participate on the Boulder campus
Council of Deans, and other campus bodies, committees, or councils;
and serve in collaboration with other academic deans and campus
officers to define and support the mission of the campus.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- Foster inclusion, equity, and diversity across the
- Exercise direct supervisory authority over the 3 deans of
divisions; senior leaders of core support functions of the college
(including HR, budget, infrastructure, communications, and
advancement); and associate deans for research, student success,
and inclusive practice. Other supervisory authority is exercised
indirectly through direct reports.
- Serve as the lead authority, over full and part-time faculty
and staff supporting the College as a whole.
- In collaboration and consultation with the deans of the
divisions, assess and plan for college-wide staffing needs and
structures, including the annual performance process inclusive of
recommending pay increases, and evaluation of faculty appointment
recommendations to the provost.
- Provide effective and efficient management and oversight of all
financial resources supporting the college including the
preparation of annual budgets.
- Allocate funds to divisions in an equitable and transparent
manner, to initiate, support, and promote the academic and
programmatic initiatives that are consistent with the strategic
direction of the college and the university.
- Develop and implement new initiatives to generate additional
revenue streams to address budget constraints.
FUNDRAISING AND DEVELOPMENT
- Foster development activities by cultivating relationships with
alumni, individual donors, foundations, and corporations; promote
fundraising initiatives and proposals; work collaboratively with
the other deans in the college and the Office of Advancement and
What You Should Know
- Represent the college externally in the areas of advancement,
public relations, and student recruitment.
- Engage in outreach activities to maintain collegial
relationships with alumni and external constituencies.
- Participate in professional service activities to maintain and
improve one's professional and scholarly development.
As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to
equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a
reference check pilot program
with respect to final candidates
for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program
is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information
about a candidate's conduct at their current and previous
institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct,
harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions.
All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required
to complete an Authorization to Release Information.
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
. New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
What We Can Offer
Annual Salary Range $320,000-$400,000, plus moving allowance and
signing bonus. For the joint faculty appointment, salary and
start-up funds to be determined upon acceptance of the
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution
in one of the fields represented in the College.
- 6+ years of administrative experience in a research
- A proven record of administrative leadership and managerial
- A record of teaching, research, and service that meets the
qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of Professor at
a major research university.
- Fiscal and budgetary experience.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Outstanding academic and scholarly credentials.
- Exceptional fundraising skills.
- Capacity for thoughtful, innovative administrative and
- A proven track record of collaboration and consensus
- Proven skills in problem solving and effective change
- Ability to serve as a passionate champion for the importance of
a liberal arts education.
- Ability to develop and support a welcoming, respectful, and
inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students.
- Proven managerial and administrative skills.
- Demonstrated active dedication to diversity, equity, and
- Outstanding skills in verbal, written, and interpersonal
- Ability to gain the confidence and trust of others and build
partnerships to work collaboratively with others to meet shared
- Aptitude to inspire teams to pursue innovative and/or
- Demonstrated approach to pursuing innovative solutions.
- National prominence in one’s research and scholarly field.
- Administrative and managerial experience leading academic
- Proven record of advancing complex departments, organizations
- Demonstrated ability to provide consultative leadership.
- Proven success in fundraising.
- Demonstrated record of public/private partnership development
that advanced the academic mission or goals of a unit/college.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
- A short essay that addresses the following: The College of Arts
& Sciences has a deep interest in strong efforts to foster and
promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please provide a 1 page
statement on how your teaching, research, and/or leadership and
service demonstrate an active commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion. Examples might include scholarly work, efforts to
improve access and equity for underrepresented individuals or
groups or other contributions to diverse communities.
You will not be asked to provide the names of references at this
time. The search committee will request 5 references for those
identified as finalists for the position.
Please apply by November 14, 2021 for full consideration. The
position will remain open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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