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College of Arts and Sciences Dean

Illinois State University
Normal, Illinois
Closing date
Nov 22, 2021

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Dean / Department Head
Full Time
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*Work Type:* On Campus
*Location:* Normal, Illinois

*Title:* College of Arts and Sciences Dean
*Campus Location:* Normal, IL
General SummaryIllinois State University seeks an academic leader committed to the mission, vision, and values outlined in the University's strategic plan to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the college, providing vision and leadership in teaching, research, and service in the context of shared governance. The dean leads the development and implementation of the college's strategic future and reports to the provost, who also serves as vice president for academic affairs.

The dean has overall responsibilities for developing an effective collegial environment that supports excellence in teaching, research, and service that advances the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics; facilitating collaboration between faculty members and among programs within the college and university; and coordinating the college's efforts with schools, corporations, other universities and communities, and state, federal, and international agencies. The dean will provide leadership and support efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in Illinois State's culture, environment, programs, policies, and personnel. The dean must be committed to promoting the value of a liberal arts and sciences education; engaging in student success initiatives aimed at the recruitment and retention of a diverse student population; pursuing continued excellence in undergraduate and graduate education; supporting faculty scholarship and research activities, including extramural funding; creatively supporting interdisciplinary collaboration; and promoting outreach and public service efforts with the local community and beyond. The dean will engage college faculty, staff, and students in developing a shared plan for the future of the college and its role in the broader mission of the University.
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*Additional Information*Illinois State University has built its legacy as one of the leading Normal Schools to establish a strong reputation for academic excellence in a broad array of academic disciplines. At the heart of this thriving, diverse University is the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), comprising students, faculty, and staff engaged in educational, research, and service activities in the core academic disciplines of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. With its diverse collection of 16 schools and departments, CAS is the largest of Illinois State's six academic colleges in both student enrollment and staffing. It also includes numerous centers and is housed in over 12 buildings on campus.

The college is a comprehensive and complex organization that prepares students with a liberal education in addition to attainment of career-oriented skills. Graduates with a liberal education acquire knowledge and skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, analytic methods, the ability to work in diverse teams, and problem solving through reasoning. The college offers the core of the general education program required of all undergraduates and a wide range of academic major and minor programs for meeting baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree requirements. Graduates from the arts and sciences pursue a variety of careers and are adaptable to changing circumstances.

Humanities: The academic units that comprise the Humanities division include the School of Communication, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Department of Philosophy.
Social Sciences: The academic units that comprise the Social Sciences division include the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Economics, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Politics and Government, the School of Social Work, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics: The academic departments that comprise the Natural Sciences and Mathematics division includes the School of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Physics.

Qualifications and Personal QualitiesThe successful candidate will be someone who supports the broad spectrum and value of a liberal education; knows our most valuable resource is our faculty and staff; puts student success at the center of what we do; supports and embraces the college's commitment to shared governance; and actively advances equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of general trends in higher education, the unique challenges confronting higher education at the current time, as well as opportunities that can be leveraged in a post-pandemic, social justice focused landscape.
*Required Qualifications*1. Earned doctorate or other terminal degree from an accredited institution.
2. Nationally recognized accomplishment as a scholar and teacher, meriting an appointment of professor with tenure within one of the college's departments/schools.
3. Experience with and understanding of the scholarly, teaching, and service responsibilities of a college of arts and sciences faculty member at a major university.
4. A record of successful administrative leadership in large and complex academic organizations.
5. A record of accomplishment as a manager of people and resources in support of high-quality graduate and undergraduate instruction; research and creative activity; public engagement; and outreach activities.
6. Experience in strategic plan development and implementation.
7. Demonstrated commitment with proven results for equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
8. Ability to work with other deans, administrators, and diverse stakeholders in developing goals and programs.

*Desired Qualifications*1. Demonstrated administrative experience at the chair's level or beyond, including budget and personnel experience, especially with recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.
2. Innovative leader and strategic thinker.
3. Experience working with external agencies, such as foundations and legislatures.
4. Demonstrated skills in fund raising, ability to articulate the college mission to external communities, including alumni and potential donors.
5. Exceptional communicator, with the ability to bring individuals and groups with diverse perspectives to consensus and common action.
6. Ability to work in a collegial fashion with faculty, staff, and community members and to be an effective advocate for the Humanities, the Sciences and the Social Sciences within the context of the University's mission.

*Proposed Starting Date*July 1, 2022
*Required Applicant Documents*Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements of the position, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval from candidates.
PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process.
*Special Instructions for Applicants*We invite inquiries, nominations, and applications. Initial review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
*Contact Information for Applicants*Questions and nominations may be directed to Lisa Mason, Director for Executive Search Services, at or 309-438-7487.
*Important Information for Applicants*This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Illinois State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and anti-harassment. Illinois State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge, or status as a veteran in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.
*Application Opened:* 09/29/2021 09:00 AM CST
*Application Closes:* Open until filled
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