The Dean is the chief academic officer of the College of Liberal Arts with responsibility for administrative oversight of nine academic departments. The Dean oversees budget and resource allocation; faculty recruitment, development, compensation, scholarly activity and service; program and curricular development and assessment; advancement and external relations, including marketing and communications; fundraising that cultivates a donor base and secures funding for various school initiatives; and strategic planning. The Dean will provide vision, strategic leadership, planning, and coordination for the College and related programs and will be an advocate for the College of Liberal Arts. The successful candidate will be an individual with vision and integrity who can work effectively with the President, Provost, and Deans. The candidate will have earned a terminal degree in a discipline appropriate to the CLA and show evidence of accomplishments requisite for a senior faculty appointment in one of the schools/departments in the college; display a proven record of leadership as a faculty member, scholar, and administrator; and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a creative problem solver and strategic thinker and have a demonstrated record of collaborative consensus-building. The Dean will report directly to the Provost.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Faculty and Departments
Review the faculty review letters (1st, 2nd, 4th year, and tenure).
Conduct annual departmental reviews.
Participate in faculty and chairperson appointments and other administrative/personnel appointments at college level.
Evaluate department chairpersons according to university policy.
Review promotion applications.
Review post tenure reviews.
Oversee Departmental Planning and Effectiveness Reviews (DPER).
Coordinate, as needed, with the departments in the creation of schedules.
Oversee the hiring of faculty.
Oversee the publication of the CLA Faculty Activities.
Serve on the Core Curriculum Committee.
Resolve curricular and personnel issues not resolved by Department chairs.
Manage payroll actions and budgets for adjuncts and overloads.
Review applications for sabbatical and summer research grants.
Work with chairs to develop articulation agreements with community colleges.
Work with chairs and the Provost to address faculty office needs across campus.
Review and approve in Workday qualified expenditures by department chairs.
Work with departments, chairs and other Deans to identify possible new academic programs and help develop those which are most promising.
Oversee the CLA office and its responsibilities (e.g. assigning advisors, annual budget, events, etc.).
Keep constituents up to date through chair and faculty meetings, as well as a periodic newsletter.
Coordinate end-of-year reports and assessment reporting.
Meet with other Deans and Provost about campus policies, planning, etc.
Be a leading voice as promoter of the Liberal Arts and the Core.
Work with Provost on employment decisions, as needed.
Plan Ducharme Lectures, in conjunction with the Core Curriculum Committee.
Work with Career Services to expand employment opportunities for CLA students.
Meet with students to identify ways to improve the CLA.
Deal with plagiarism cases in the CLA.
Meet with students with faculty concerns that they do not think are resolved at the department level.
Be present at the Academic Awards Ceremony, major admission events, Annual convocation, and commencement weekend activities.
Be available for college-sponsored evening events (lectures, dinners, Board events, etc.).
Work with the advisory board, organizing semi-annual meetings.
Be visible on alumni weekend.
Manage external relations, in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications staff.
Take the lead on fundraising that cultivates a donor base and secures funding for various school initiatives and the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.
Participate in the Dean’s Circle of Excellence.
Gather and publicize the achievements of CLA faculty and students, using the Mount’s web site, Facebook, and other media.
Promote interdisciplinary and inter-college collaboration, cooperation, and scholarly activity.
Promote the visibility of the college in the region, state and nation.
Serve on university committees as requested by Provost and President.
Serve as advisor to the Provost Office on academic matters.
Teach one course (3 credits) per year.
Commitment to instilling excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service programs.
Ability to lead efforts to assess academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), to ensure the high quality of student learning.
Desire to support and enhance a sequenced Core Curriculum, which is animated by the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly the integration of knowledge and interdisciplinarity.
Leadership and communication skills, and the ability to champion CLA activities and programs.
Administrative skills to manage the operations and processes required of the position.
Ability to raise the profile of the liberal arts across the institution.
Commitment to shared governance and the ability to earn the trust of faculty, students, staff, and administration in working toward CLA and institutional goals.
Interpersonal skills that foster teamwork and consensus among faculty and departments.
Commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CLA.
Ability to build upon existing CLA strengths and leverage them into programmatic innovations.
Job Requirements: Education, Experience and Skills:
The Dean will possess an earned doctorate (or other appropriate terminal degree), in one of the disciplines represented in the College of Liberal Arts.
A proven record of academic accomplishment worthy of an academic appointment at the level of at least an Associate Professor is required.
The successful candidate will have administrative experience in a leadership role in an academic department or program.
The Dean will demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission of the university and its Catholic identity.
This is a full-time position with full benefits and annual, holiday and sick leave. The university offers a generous benefits package, including tuition remission for graduate and undergraduate classes at Mount St. Mary’s University, retirement program with a match as well as a generous paid time off schedule. Competitive salary commensurate to experience.
Mount St. Mary's University is a dynamic, Catholic, liberal arts university with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others. The university has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational programs and employment practices; we actively seek and welcome applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. EOE