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DEAN, School of Education and Social Sciences
Robert Morris University in the Moon Township, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted October 23, 2017
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline 12/01/2017


Robert Morris University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences. The Dean will succeed Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth, recently named the institution’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. For more information on this opportunity, visit rmu.edu/deansess


Reporting to the Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the intellectual leader, representative, and advocate for the School of Education and Social Sciences. The ideal candidate is a dynamic and innovative visionary who will support and grow the School’s enrollment, faculty, and grant activity and lead accreditation for teacher education programs. The candidate should have a demonstrated record of successful multidisciplinary collaboration, promotion and support of diversity and inclusion initiatives, budget responsibility and fiscal management, and the ability to lead and manage with integrity. The Dean will develop School goals and activities that align with University strategic plans and initiatives.

The Dean, working with the School faculty, articulates appropriate goals and objectives for the School consistent with the mission and goals of the University. The Dean takes leadership in the development of a School strategic plan and, together with the faculty, establishes measurable outcomes and conducts outcomes assessment in all academic programs. The Dean supports the faculty in curriculum development, research, grant development, and has overall responsibility for maintaining both National CAEP, Regional Middle-States accreditation, and compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education program standards.

As a member of the Deans’ Council, the Dean is part of the Provost’s academic leadership team where she/he will represent and advocate for SESS and work collaboratively with the other five Deans. The Dean also coordinates and actively participates in School activities such as graduate and undergraduate recruiting, seeking research funding and other fund development activities, and represents the School and University to the community.


Qualified applicants will have earned a doctorate and a faculty record sufficient to merit the rank of professor in one of the academic departments within the School; a record of successful academic administrative leadership, including prior service as a dean, associate dean, or department head; a record of success in teaching, scholarly research, and service as a faculty member; experience with professional accreditation processes and with student outcomes assessment practices; proficiency in fiscal planning and budget administration in an academic setting; a record of success in securing external funding; understanding of and ability to work within the structure of a collective bargaining agreement between the University and the faculty; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively with other school administrators and faculty for effective delivery of content courses needed for a variety of certification programs.


At Robert Morris University, we believe that institutional equity reflects our continued commitment to a community where everyone is both valued and respected. Institutional equity encompasses racial, ethnic, gender and religious diversity, cultural perspectives, national origin, sexual orientation, physical ability, as well as socioeconomic contexts, and educational backgrounds. We are dedicated to developing a diverse population by fostering an environment where intellectual and social growth, individual perspectives, and all human experiences are valued. We strive to be an inclusive community that celebrates and embraces differences as a means of responding to the cultural and social demands of a global society. Inherent in our inclusion efforts is a strong commitment to intercultural and global education to produce and include citizens who will serve as educational, social, economic and cultural ambassadors to the world. Robert Morris University is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, RMU complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.


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All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2017.

Candidates’ application packages should include: a letter of interest detailing their experience and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae showing degrees earned, positions held, teaching experience, administrative accomplishments, and scholarly record. All materials will be confidential until the time when finalists for the position may be invited to campus. 

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