The Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences is the chief administrative and academic officer of the college. The position is a full-time, 12-month administrative appointment reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean is a member of the Deans Council and the Academic Affairs Staff and is supported by Associate and Assistant Deans, a Director of College Advancement, and both unclassified and classified personnel.
The College of Letters and Sciences provides students with the essential elements of a liberal education in humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. The college offers a broad selection of programs (nearly 60 majors and minors), a focused and carefully designed approach to student advising and learning, and a faculty of caring experts and scholars. In addition to the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences traditionally associated with Letters & Sciences, the college offers programs in emerging career-oriented areas such as environmental science, forensic science, legal studies, criminal justice, public history, and professional writing and publishing. A primary goal of the College of Letters and Sciences is to educate students for the knowledge-based economy of the twenty-first century.
- A terminal degree in a college-related discipline.
- Evidence of strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- A distinguished record of accomplishment in the areas of teaching, research, and service that would merit appointment as a tenured faculty member in one of the departments of the college, preferably at the rank of Professor.
- A record of progressively more responsible administrative experience.
- A record of commitment to program growth and academic excellence.
- Demonstrated experience in budget management.
- Demonstrated commitment to servant leadership, inclusive excellence, and personal and professional integrity.
Specific job responsibilities for the Dean include:
- Providing transformative leadership and advocacy for the college, university, and region.
- Creating a strategic vision and managing strategic planning processes aligned with broader university strategic goals.
- Promoting the value of liberal education as envisioned in university and national organizations and initiatives.
- Supporting and advancing college and university assessment efforts and strategies.
- Ensuring and enhancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate education.
- Planning, developing, coordinating and evaluating academic programs.
- Overseeing the recruitment, appointment, review, and professional development of faculty and academic staff.
- Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the college, and cultivating collaborative partnership with regional and national organizations and institutions.
- Representing the college and university to the state university system and to the community at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
- Working with the College Director of Development and the UW-Whitewater Foundation to maintain and cultivate relationships with the alumni and friends of the college in order to secure financial resources through development efforts and initiatives.
- Working collaboratively within the university to secure the success of college programs.
- Identifying, attracting, and strategically managing financial resources for the college.
- Providing internal leadership and mentorship to department chairs, faculty, academic staff, and students.
- Other duites as assigned.