Augsburg University invites applications for a Dean of Arts & Sciences, with a proposed start date of July 1, 2018.
The Dean will join Augsburg at an exciting moment in our institutional history: we are asking new questions about academic structure in light of our recent transition to university status; in the Spring 2018 semester, we will hold our first classes in a new signature academic building--the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion; and we are currently engaged in a redesign of the general education core curriculum. Among the University's distinctive strengths is an intentionally diverse mix of students: 53% of the 2017 incoming class were students of color, 5% self-identified as Muslim, more than 11% as LGBTQIA, and 51% were Pell eligible. Augsburg is also recognized for being military-friendly, has earned recognition for interfaith work, supports a nationally-recognized program for students in recovery (StepUP), and offers robust support for students with disabilities. We have a rich history of leadership in experiential learning and civic engagement. We seek to develop strong intercultural skills in our students as well as in ourselves.
The Dean will play a key role in articulating an inspiring and compelling vision for the liberal arts at Augsburg University, in alignment with Augsburg's mission, identity, and strategic plan. As an academic leader, the Dean will ensure that resources are allocated to the highest priorities in the arts & sciences division and help grow the leadership of faculty in a culture deeply committed to engaged collaboration and shared governance. Working collaboratively with the Provost, faculty, and staff, the Dean will work to develop, grow, and enhance signature programs in the liberal arts that cultivate critical and creative intelligence, capacities for collaborative problem-solving, integrative and interdisciplinary learning, and agency that prepares students not just to adapt to a changing world but to be positioned to change that world. Moreover, the Dean will model and support the University's commitment to intentional diversity and equity in hiring and reviewing faculty, and in encouraging the professional development of faculty at all stages of their career. The Dean will report directly to the Provost and serve on the Academic Affairs Leadership Team.
A terminal degree from an accredited institution, preferably in an arts and sciences discipline.
At least seven years of significant academic leadership experience as a dean, department chair or comparable role in higher education.
Demonstrated scholarly qualifications and experience appropriate for appointment to senior faculty rank; demonstrated record of excellence in teaching.
Deep understanding of the culture of higher education and contemporary trends and challenges.
Demonstrated experience with budget management, evidence-based decision making, and strategic planning.
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and with advanced intercultural skills in a diverse work environment.
Strong collaborative leadership style and practice.
Capacity to motivate and inspire others.
Outstanding communication skills - speaking, listening, and fostering conversations.
Outstanding interpersonal relations skills with diverse constituents - faculty, staff, students, institutional partners and external constituents.
Demonstrated strength in reasoning/analysis; emotional intelligence; patience and understanding.
Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment; ability to work independently with little to no supervision.
Commitment to cultivating excellence in self and others.
Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church..., and shaped by its urban and global settings.Set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg Augsburg offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees to more than 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. The trademark of an Augsburg education is its emphasis on direct, personal experience. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.Augsburg's undergraduate program of liberal arts and sciences is offered on both a traditional weekday schedule and a non-traditional weekend and evening schedule. Augsburg offers master's degree programs in business, education, leadership, nursing, physician assistant studies, and social work, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Augsburg's 4,000 students come from diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, representing 43 states, 40 foreign countries, and 24 tribal nations/reservations. The University also is a nationally recognized leader in providing services to students with physical or learning disabilities. This on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location at the crossroads of the Twin Cities' most diverse neighborhoods. The Univertiy's location also provides access for all of Augsburg's students to participate in community service and internship experiences that not only enhance their classroom learning but also prepare them for life's work in a multi-cultural society.