Job No: 534092 Work Type: Locations: San Diego Categories: MPP, At-Will, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Full Time
San Diego State University (SDSU) invites nominations and applications for its next dean of the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). Reporting to the provost and senior vice president, the dean serves as the chief academic officer of the college. The dean oversees a large and complex college that has 18 academic departments, 13 interdisciplinary programs, and 29 centers and institutes. With 206 tenure-line faculty, 274 lecturers (35 full-time and 239 part-time), and 58 staff, CAL is the largest college at SDSU. The dean is responsible for administering a budget of over $46 million. The dean provides collaborative and collegial leadership for academic programs, student success, research and scholarship, external relations, and fundraising.
Each year, San Diego State University (SDSU) provides approximately 37,500 students with the opportunity to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty, high-impact practices, and an international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. The university is committed to improving student success, advancing research and creative endeavors, contributing to the community, and building SDSU's culture of philanthropy. SDSU is proud to be an exceptionally diverse, multinational institution and holds designations as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). As a transborder university located on Kumeyaay Indigenous lands, SDSU has also been a leader in the CSU-wide implementation of an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement, housed in CAL. As of 2025, we also expect to attain an R1 designation, with more than $192 million in research activity in 2022-2023.
The mission of SDSU is to provide research-oriented, high-quality education for undergraduate and graduate students and to contribute to the solution of problems through excellence and distinction in teaching, research, and service. The university strives to impart an appreciation and broad understanding of the human experience throughout the world and the ages. This education extends to diverse cultural legacies and accomplishments in many areas, such as the arts and technology; the advancement of human thought, including philosophy and science; the development of economic, political, and social institutions; and the physical and biological evolution of humans and their environment. SDSU pursues its mission through its many diverse departments and interdisciplinary programs in the creative and performing arts, the humanities, the sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The dean will work collaboratively with college stakeholders to develop and execute a vision that aligns with the university's strategic objectives as identified in the 2020-2025 'We Rise We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives' strategic plan. The incoming dean will be expected to advocate for a range of disciplines, advance a liberal arts education, and support interdisciplinary opportunities. The next dean should have earned academic credentials that merit appointment as a tenured full professor, including a distinguished academic record in teaching, scholarship, and research. This individual will be expected to understand and advance SDSU's mission as a minority-serving institution and have a record of enhancing student engagement and success.
Compensation and Benefits
San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that includes:
Extensive leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year
Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension and retiree healthcare benefits
An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no- or low-cost to the employee
California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for employee or qualified dependent
Anticipated hiring range: $220,000 to $250,000 annually
All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume, a diversity statement (addressing at least 2 BIE Criteria), and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile, which can be accessed on the WittKieffer website.
WittKieffer is assisting San Diego State University in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Friday, February 2, 2024.
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education.Join SDSU and make a difference through meaningful work that contributes to knowledge and provides rich opportunities for students. The dynamic synergy between SDSU and the San Diego region furthers SDSU's excellence and global impact. Every member of our team can proudly proclaim, "I Am SDSU."In addition to SDSU, three not-for-profit auxiliary employers operate to provide services for the University. The SDSU Research Foundation furthers the educational, research and community service mission of SDSU. Aztec Shops provides a diverse portfolio of products and services including operation of the SDSU Bookstore, SDSU Dining, and management of commercial and real estate properties surrounding the campus. Associated Students of SDSU is a student-directed organization that manages programs and facilities enjoyed by students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large.