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Dean of Liberal Arts

Manhattan College
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Dec 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans
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Full Time
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Manhattan College seeks an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader with the vision and skills to advance the School of Liberal Arts to new levels of academic excellence. A full Position Profile can be found here:">

Encompassing eleven academic departments, the School of Liberal Arts offers more than thirty majors and minors in the humanities and social sciences including art history, communication, digital arts and humanities, economics, English, French, geography, history, labor studies, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, sound studies, and Spanish and Latin American Studies, along with interdisciplinary programs in Catholic studies, international studies, peace and justice studies, environmental studies and urban studies.


Manhattan College is a master’s-level independent Catholic institution of higher learning that embraces qualified students of all faiths, cultures, and traditions. The mission of Manhattan College is to provide a person-centered educational experience that prepares graduates for
lives of personal development, professional success, civic engagement, and service to their fellow human beings. The College pursues this mission through programs that integrate a broad liberal education with concentration in specific disciplines in the arts and sciences or with professional preparation in business, education, and engineering. The College’s faculty have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring, to creating a climate that embraces excellence and diversity, and to attracting and retaining a diverse, talented student body. Manhattan College and its faculty view research, scholarship, and education as mutually supportive activities.

Established in 1853 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the College continues to draw its inspiration from the heritage of John Baptist de La Salle, the innovator of modern pedagogy and the patron saint of teachers. Among the hallmarks of this Lasallian heritage are excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection in faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice.


Reporting to the provost, the dean provides leadership and support for strategic planning and policy formation, faculty development, faculty personnel matters, and curriculum development. Responsible for maintaining the School of Liberal Arts’ strong reputation of academic excellence and active scholarship, the dean is expected to provide a broad vision for the humanities and social sciences within the context of the College’s tradition, placing special emphasis on values-based education and on learning that engages and encourages students to cross traditional boundaries, exploring connections between the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, education, and business. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D or equivalent academic credential and an outstanding record of accomplishment in teaching, research, and professional service and accomplishment commensurate with the rank of professor at Manhattan College. In addition, substantial academic leadership experience is required (e.g., experience as a department chair, director of a major institutional initiative, or higher-level administrator). The successful applicant must represent the School’s academic programs effectively to the public, media, alumni, donors, and the Manhattan College Board of Trustees.


Desired Personal Characteristics and Experiences 

  • An excellent communicator and mentor who engenders trust through integrity, openness, accessibility, and transparency.
  • A unifier who can listen well and motivate others to action.
  • A leader and manager who has shown evidence of a strong commitment to enhancing institutional diversity, equity and inclusion, and who is active in ensuring DEI in initiatives, staffing, and new programs.
  • A “hands-on” person who possesses initiative and energy to work with colleagues in addressing School and College issues.
  • A person with an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset.
  • A knowledgeable motivator and supporter of research, creative activity, and programs within and across academic disciplines.
  • A champion of new programs, both undergraduate and graduate, with emphasis on market demands and the needs of prospective students.
  • A fundraiser and collaborator for donor relations.
  • An effective leader with budget, management, and human resource skills
  • An individual who has an understanding of the importance of shared governance, collaboration, and delegation who can model and nurture a highly effective professional environment.
  • An articulate and passionate advocate on behalf of the School’s needs and aspirations both on and off campus.
  • A skilled team member who can work effectively with chairs, Board of Advisors, other deans, provost, and other campus constituents to promote School initiatives.
  • An open, caring, and reflective individual who possesses patience and a warm sense of humor.


Challenges and Opportunities for the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

  • Foster College-wide core-curriculum enhancements.
  • Establish the School’s role in graduate programming through the creation of new programming and connecting to existing programs, including College-wide cross-disciplinary majors.
  • Be an advocate for faculty and student research opportunities.
  • Enhance curricular connections and programming related to our NYC location.
  • Foster collaboration within and across schools.
  • Work closely with the Office of Enrollment Management to enhance recruiting and retention initiatives.  


The position is available July 1, 2022. For full consideration, applicants should submit their applications by February 16, 2022. Application materials should include 1) a letter of interest that addresses how the candidate’s experience and qualifications intersect with the College’s mission, strategic priorities, and desired leadership qualities and expectations as described above; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five references (candidacy will remain confidential until the finalist stage). (Please include your professional relationship with each reference.) Application and nomination materials should be submitted electronically in one pdf to:

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Manhattan College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. We expect our faculty, administration, and staff to be knowledgeable about our mission and to make a positive contribution to the mission. Applicants from historically underrepresented segments of the population are encouraged to apply, as well as those attracted to a college with a Catholic identity. We are committed to a diverse campus community. AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V.


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