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    Position Description

    Position Description

    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.


    1. A terminal degree in a college-related discipline.
    2. Evidence of strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
    3. 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.
    4. A record of progressively more responsible administrative experience.
    5. A record of commitment to program growth and academic excellence.
    6. Demonstrated experience in budget management.
    7. Demonstrated commitment to servant leadership, inclusive excellence, and personal and professional integrity.

    Specific job responsibilities for the Dean include:

    1. Providing transformative leadership and advocacy for the college, university, and region.
    2. Creating a strategic vision and managing strategic planning processes aligned with broader university strategic goals.
    3. Promoting the value of liberal education as envisioned in university and national organizations and initiatives.
    4. Supporting and advancing college and university assessment efforts and strategies.
    5. Ensuring and enhancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate education.
    6. Planning, developing, coordinating and evaluating academic programs.
    7. Overseeing the recruitment, appointment, review, and professional development of faculty and academic staff.
    8. Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the college, and cultivating collaborative partnership with regional and national organizations and institutions.
    9. Representing the college and university to the state university system and to the community at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
    10. 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.
    11. Working collaboratively within the university to secure the success of college programs.
    12. Identifying, attracting, and strategically managing financial resources for the college.
    13. Providing internal leadership and mentorship to department chairs, faculty, academic staff, and students.
    14. Other duites as assigned.


    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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