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Dean, College of Arts & Science
University of Mary Washington in the Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Date Posted April 10, 2018
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The College of Arts and Sciences emphasizes excellence in liberal learning through freedom of inquiry, personal responsibility, and intellectual integrity. Instructional and experiential programs provide students a strong general education, an understanding of their responsibilities as citizens in the broader, diverse community, and the skills necessary for leading creative and productive lives. To achieve these goals the College requires its undergraduates to pursue broad studies in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences as a necessary supplement to a concentration in a particular field. The College regards the provision of high-quality instruction as its most important function. Through an active and professionally engaged faculty, the College supports ongoing research appropriate to the development of student abilities and faculty interests. It especially encourages the participation of undergraduates in research. Students may double-major or design their own interdisciplinary major. Many students also conduct independent research, hold internships, and study abroad. The College of Arts and Sciences about 200 faculty are organized in 20 departments: Art and Art History; Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Classics, Philosophy, and Religion; Computer Science; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Economics; English, Linguistics and Communication; Geography; Athletics, Health, and Physical Education; Historic Preservation; History and American Studies; Mathematics; Modern Languages and Literatures; Music; Physics; Political Science and International Affairs; Psychological Sciences; Sociology and Anthropology; and Theatre and Dance. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, and the Honors Program are also housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College is located on the main campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia. A few courses delivered by the College are taught on the Stafford Campus. 

The University of Mary Washington invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean serves as the chief spokesperson and advocate for the College of Arts and Sciences both within and outside of the University, and ensures that the College serves as a vital resource to our community and regional partners throughout the Commonwealth. The University seeks an experienced, energetic leader with a strong commitment to the liberal arts and to providing a high quality education that is accessible to the full spectrum of our society. The successful candidate should support academic programs and learning environments that will prepare students for a pluralistic, complex, rapidly-changing world. 

A distinguished institution with a strong liberal arts and sciences focus at its core, the University of Mary Washington is located in Historic Fredericksburg, VA, halfway between Washington D.C. and Richmond, VA. Distinctive about the University of Mary Washington is its emphasis on meeting the learning needs of undergraduates through innovative teaching, personalized advising, and strong support for undergraduate research, active learning, and community engagement. We value a community of faculty, staff, and students that are dedicated to scholarship, integrity, and respect. At Mary Washington, we value and embrace diversity, including diversity of culture, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, economic background, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, opinion, political affiliation, race, religious background, sexual orientation and veteran status. 

The Dean reports to the Provost and serves on the senior academic leadership team. The Dean is responsible for the academic, administrative, and budget management of the College. The Dean provides leadership in defining the College's strategic priorities, for recruiting and retaining a diverse and highly qualified student body and faculty, and for continuing the current growth of the College across its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Dean represents the College and all its programs and disciplines to both internal and external constituents and works closely with advancement and development in raising funds for the College and providing good stewardship of College Alumni and other supporters. The Dean advances and supports faculty and student research and creative activity, curricular and pedagogical innovation, and other scholarly and professional activities of faculty and students. 

Required Education: PhD or other terminal degree in academic field typical of a liberal arts or arts and sciences college or university. 

Required Experience:

  • Record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional accomplishment that supports an appointment as a full professor with tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Academic administrative experience as an academic unit head, with a record of program management and development, budget and personnel management, enrollment management, strategic planning, effective implementation of strategic and academic plans, and resource development.
  • Commitment to and passion for recruiting diverse students, faculty, and staff into the College of Arts and Sciences and for promoting a diverse and inclusive environment throughout the College and the University.
  • Commitment to building and sustaining a culture of assessment and experience with institutional and program accreditation.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and to high-impact learning experiences, undergraduate research, graduate programs, creative work, and high quality academic and career advising.
  • Deep understanding of the challenges of leading a college of diverse disciplines and the ability to harness the many strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences to recruit and retain talented students and faculty
  • Knowledge of programs for working adults and non-traditional students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with all stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, alumni, community, and regional and state partners)

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with and support of emerging technologies to support teaching and learning; experience in developing and/or teaching online courses.
  • Knowledge of trends in higher education and demonstrated ability to translate those into planning for the future of the College.
  • Experience raising funds though sponsored research, grants, donors, and alumni.

This position is Open Until Filled. First review of applicants will begin December 15, 2017. 

Applications must be submitted online via the UMW Careers site. A complete application package includes the following: 

1) A completed online application form, 
2) Letter of application detailing your qualifications as related to the requirements of the position; highlighting your experiences with leadership, promotion of a diverse and inclusive environment, understanding of the liberal arts, and how your teaching philosophy informs your leadership and vision as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 
3) Curriculum vitae, 
4) Undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 
5) Contact information for 3-5 professional references. Candidate confidentiality will be respected and references will not be contacted until a candidate advances to the first round of interviews. 

Please direct questions to Search Chair Dr. Kelli Slunt ( kslunt@umw.edu). 

The University of Mary Washington accepts only completed online application and related materials. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications or documentation will not be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of criminal background checks. If accommodations are requested either before or at the time of the interview, please contact the Recruitment Office at 540/654-1238.

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