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Dean - CLASS (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)

Savannah State University
Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans
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Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job ID: 223906

About Us

Savannah State University established in 1890, is the first public historically black college or university in the state of Georgia and the first institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s students select majors from four colleges — Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. The campus is by far the most picturesque in the state of Georgia. The moss-laden sweeping oak trees, expansive marsh and historic architecture create a resplendent yet tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the beauty and splendor is a vibrant residential campus bursting at the seams with the vim and vigor of quality collegiate life: relevant academic majors, engaging lectures, cutting-edge research, quality student-faculty engagement and a nurturing environment.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief executive and senior academic officer of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  The Dean is responsible for all functions and matters relating to the academic programs, faculty and staff, support service and the budget of the College.  The Dean will provide strategic vision and operational leadership to all academic programs, ensure continued growth and sustainability of the college, and encourage innovation in program and curricula design.  The Dean shall direct the work of the faculty and administrative staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and is responsible for articulating the vision, mission, and goals of the college. The Dean shall ensure that processes and procedures are current.  The Dean is appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Regents, holds office at the pleasure of the President, and is responsible for all functions and matters relating to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  The Dean may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those delineated in this description.


In fulfilling the responsibilities of this office, the Dean shall preside over all regular and called meetings of the faculty of the College; supervise the curricula, courses, and methods of instruction; implement the processes and strategic priorities of the College consistent with those of the University and the policies of the Board of Regents; engage collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to enhance the profile of the College. 

Principal accountabilities of the position include:

  • Provide visionary and innovative leadership to the college to advance academics and operations.
  • Inspire faculty to excel in teaching, advising, mentoring and scholarship/creative activities.
  • Collaborate with department chairs and faculty to review curricula, learning outcomes, ongoing assessment results for continuous improvement of instructional offerings and outcomes.
  • Provide leadership and oversight that results in enhancing institutional effectiveness.
  • Recommend the appointment, salary, promotion, tenure and dismissal of faculty members after consultation with appropriate unit Department heads.
  • Serve as the medium of communication for all official business of the College with University officers, students and the community.
  • Recommend the appointment, salary, promotion, and dismissal of staff in the dean’s office; supervise and evaluate staff.
  • Exercise supervision over the work and conduct of faculty, staff, and the students of the College.
  • Coordinate the curricula, courses, and methods of instruction and work cooperatively with the faculty to establish and implement processes that ensure effective instruction.
  • Present to the Curriculum and New Programs Committee those actions of the faculty that require consultation or approval.
  • Empower faculty and provide support so faculty may perform consistent with the university mission.
  • Administer and coordinate the program of academic advisement and semester scheduling of course offerings.
  • Nominate candidates for degrees and other awards.
  • Develop, in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, an annual budget for the College.
  • Serve as a liaison to the other administrative units of the College to promote College-wide endeavors.
  • Coordinate and manage the activities of the College advisory council(s), committees, and boards providing to the President and Vice President for University Advancement an accounting of all funds raised.
  • Prepare, in consultation with chairs and faculty, an annual report for the Vice President for Academic Affairs, documenting outcomes on process-matters and strategic initiatives.
  • Perform such other responsibilities as designated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Required Qualifications

An earned doctorate in a related field from an accredited college or university. College teaching experience sufficient to be appointed to a senior faculty rank, and academic administration experience of at least five years.  Proven strengths in strategic planning, leadership, budgeting, and management. Organizational skills to promote collaboration and teamwork within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and throughout the campus. Evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills, sensitivity to, and understanding of, academic, socio-economic, cultural, disabilities and ethnic backgrounds of a diverse student body. Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain academic programming, develop quality curricula, and effective judicial processes. The position requires the ability to maintain the highest levels of integrity at all times.

Special Instructions

Please provide names and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for at least three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Savannah State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Savannah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Savannah State University, Office of Human Resources at 912-358-4194. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 912-358-4194.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Savannah State University, as determined by Savannah State University, its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test. Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

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