Summary of Duties: Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is responsible for the academic and administrative oversight of the college and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President. The Dean provides leadership and vision in strategic planning and implementation of programs and leads College development activities.
Among the responsibilities and challenges for the Dean are the following:
Attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse faculty; collaborate with, and motivate faculty in their primary roles as scholars and educators.
Develop, implement, and manage programs that recruit and retain an excellent and diverse student body and academic staff.
Support research, creative activity and academic programs across the campuses to achieve the strategic goals of the College, and engage faculty and staff in maintaining a vital and relevant vision and strategy.
Develop budgetary priorities for the College and ensure fiscal responsibility for decisions regarding expenditures.
Advocate for the College, act as counsel to University leadership with respect to the advancement of teaching, research and creative activity in communication fields, and collaborate with other deans and areas of the University to build interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary programs and activities.
Lead a work environment in which participation, respect, transparency and excellence are fostered; establish and promote professional relationships and open communication.
Provide leadership and foster relationships with alumni and other natural constituents of the University to advance the mission of the College and University and expand resources for the College.
Raise the visibility, stature, and influence of the College locally, nationally, and internationally through active involvement with leaders in communication education, and in the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors.
Participate as appropriate and requested in University-level service through committee work and related activities.
Required Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a complex academic organization and possess an outstanding record as an accomplished scholar and educator who merits tenure at the rank of full professor. Willingness to be a champion of both teaching and research and be devoted to excellence and shared governance. Possess exemplary interpersonal and communication skills; impeccable integrity; a collegial and approachable demeanor; a team orientation; and a student-centered approach to academic leadership. An appreciation of the mission and milieu of Washington State University and a willingness to immerse oneself into the fabric of the entire University. A record of scholarship and/or experience sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of full professor. Able to cultivate, solicit, and steward significant contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. Able to lead a complex organization while articulating the vision and goals for the future, and deploying resources organized to achieve strategic ends. Able to envision and execute agreed upon strategies, including the use of measurable goals and outcomes. Exemplary cross-cultural skills and understanding, and a strong commitment to diversity in all of its varied manifestations. Experience in advancing all of the primary activities of the College undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and engagement. Commitment to innovative education and scholarship. Able to open doors in corporate, education, government, and other communities Strong presence and initiative, politically savvy, and collaborative within the University setting. Collegial in style and approach; a consummate listener and learner; demonstrating transparency, fairness, and respect for others. Able to understand, embrace and contribute to the culture, values and principles of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Contemporary knowledge of trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the fields of communication and mass communication.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximate...ly 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.