The University of Missouri-St. Louis is searching for an engaged and dynamic Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. We seek a leader who understands the increasing complexities of higher education, and who understands the imperative of diversity in all levels of the university setting. Further, we desire a leader who embraces the expanding opportunities and demands of serving our community partners, the importance of helping instill optimism and realism in our students, and realizes the necessity of being adept and adaptable in this ever-changing environment.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the largest public research institution located in Missouri's most diverse, populous, and economically vibrant region. The university has over 17,000 students consisting of 8,070 on-campus undergraduate students, 3,091 graduate and professional students and 5,853 advanced college credit students. UMSL is a part of the University of Missouri land-grant system and is classified as RU-H (high research activity) and as a Community Engaged Campus by Carnegie rankings.The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences will work from this foundation to foster and expand our campus engagement with core communities, faculty research, teaching, and development, while facilitating student success both in and outside the classroom.
The College of Arts & Sciences, one of six colleges at UMSL, is the largest and most diverse, serves the largest number of students, and is the academic center of the core curriculum and student advising and tutoring services. The College consists of nineteen departments, one school, 5 centers, the Marcus Allen Advising Center, and 165 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 107 non-tenure track (teaching/research/clinical) faculty and 162 staff members. The college offers 33 separate baccalaureate, 17 master, and 7 doctoral degrees as well as 8 graduate certificates. Each semester the College offers over 860 unique courses. Annual research expenditures are around 8 million dollars.
The dean is a campus leader who helps guide curricular innovation, community engagement, and strategic mission and vision. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Dean reports directly to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Academically, the Dean is responsible for the College’s hiring and promotion decisions at all ranks, research productivity, and curricular innovation. Administratively, the Dean oversees strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, and community engagement. The Dean provides vision and leadership to help guide this vigorous College toward increased national and international prominence and service to the St. Louis region and beyond. A detailed position description is available at
The College seeks an energetic and innovative leader for advancing the College’s mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development. We wish to see evidence of collaborative, strategic, decision making that forms and expands our student-centered mission and support for research.
The successful candidate must have a doctorate and a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and academic accomplishments appropriate for appointment as Full Professor in a Department of the College.
Other qualifications include:
Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and a willingness to promote collaboration
Significant university administrative experience at the departmental level or higher with noteworthy experience in managing budgets, collaborating with diverse constituencies, increasing research and teaching innovation, and increasing student access and success; experience in developing strategic priorities
Demonstrated expertise in developing diverse and inclusive learning and working environments
Evidence of leadership in productive community partnerships that reflect an understanding of the role that metropolitan, land-grant universities and public education play in a democracy
An enthusiasm for and proven track record of raising funds from a variety of sources, including private donors, foundations, and government agencies; outreach to alumni
Formal review of applications and nominations will begin October 25, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity.
The University of Missouri?St. Louis (UMSL, commonly pronounced ""uhm-suhl"") is one of four universities in the University of Missouri System. Established in 1963, it is the newest university in the UM System, it is the largest university by enrollment in the St. Louis area with 16,809 students. UMSL's campus is located on the former grounds of the Bellerive Country Club in Saint Louis County, Mi...ssouri, United States, within the municipalities of Bellerive, Bel-Nor and Normandy. Additional facilities are located at the former site of Marillac College. UMSL is proud of its motivated, active student body, which consists of over 13,000 undergraduates and 3,500 graduate and professional degree seeing students. UMSL is home to 1,447 faculty members who deliver 54 bachelor's degree programs, 37 master's degree programs, 15 doctoral degree programs and the only professional degree in optometry in Missouri. UMSL provides 24 graduate certificate programs and two education specialist programs. Express Scripts, is the largest corporation in the country, has its headquarters located on a college campus. Express Scripts has 2,500 employees working on the UMSL campus.