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
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
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
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
- An excellent communicator and mentor who engenders trust
through integrity, openness, accessibility, and transparency.
- A unifier who can listen well and motivate others to
- 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
- A fundraiser and collaborator for donor relations.
- An effective leader with budget, management, and human resource
- 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
- Enhance curricular connections and programming related to our
- 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
Please refer any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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