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    L&S Dean Search

    L&S Dean Search


    The Search and Screen Committee for the position of Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences is pleased to announce the five finalists interviewing on campus on the following dates. The time for the open forum will be announced once a schedule has been finalized:

    • David Travis – Monday, March 11 - Open Forum 3-4 p.m. - UC 259A
    • Lance Grahn – Wednesday, March 13 - Open Forum 3-4 p.m. - UC 275A
    • MaryAnn Janosik – Thursday, March 14 - Open Forum 2-3 p.m. -  UC - Summers Auditorium
    • Darrell Kruger – Tuesday, March 19 - Open Forum 2-3 p.m. - UC - Summers Auditorium 
    • Manuel Avalos – Wednesday, March 20 - Open Forum 2-3 p.m. - UC 275A


    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a collaborative and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences (L&S). The Dean is the chief administrative and academic officer of the college, reports directly to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and serves on the Deans Council and with the Academic Affairs Staff. The Dean oversees college academic programs; budget; facilities management; faculty evaluation, promotion and tenure procedures; and academic staff evaluation procedures. The office of the Dean is supported by an Associate and an Assistant Dean, the College Director of Development, and additional staff. The College of Letters and Sciences has an annual budget of approximately $14 million. 

    Starting Date

    Flexible, with July 1, 2013 preferred.


    Appointment to the position requires a terminal degree in a college-related discipline with a record of academic achievement that would warrant appointment with tenure in a department of the college, preferably at the rank of Professor. Candidates must possess a demonstrated record of successful leadership experience and budget responsibility; excellent administrative, personnel management, and communication skills; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. The Dean is required to work effectively with senior administrative colleagues, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community and disciplinary groups related to the science, social science, and humanities programs in the college. The Dean is also expected to participate in ongoing strategic planning efforts within the college and campus wide, and develop external support for programmatic goals that support faculty, staff, and students in the college.


    Competitive and dependent upon qualifications and experience.

    The College

    The College of Letters and Sciences is the largest academic unit at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with nearly 60 majors and minors, nine pre-professional programs, a professional minor in business studies, and a graduate program (MSE & EdS) in School Psychology. 

    The University

    Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is a premier public regional university with an enrollment of 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors, 11 master’s degree programs, and one specialist degree program.  It offers high-quality career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum. UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Located in a community of 12,000 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago. 


    Interested candidates should send a letter of application expressing interest and summarizing the candidate’s qualification for the position, a vita/resume, and a list of at least five references including names, titles, current telephone numbers and email addresses. Application materials must be submitted electronically via email to Only complete applications will be considered.  Review of qualified applications will begin on January 18, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.

    To learn more about the position, please view the long position description or contact Dr. Mark Lawrence McPhail, Search Committee Chair, College of Arts and Communication, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, WI 53190, by phone at (262) 472-5572 or by email at

    UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to employment.

    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an AA/EEO employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


    Office of the Dean
    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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