Towson University (TU) invites applications for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, with appointment to begin July 1, 2020. Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the college and an essential member of university leadership. As a transformative and collaborative leader, the Dean will further the college’s culture of excellence in teaching and learning by providing inclusive leadership to faculty, staff, and students across 40 diverse majors and 27,000 liberal arts course enrollments each semester. The Dean provides a compelling vision for the future of the college, and advances the mission through deliberate and synergistic decision-making and support of creative and cutting-edge teaching, research, and scholarship. Towson University enrolls close to 20,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts and communications, health professions, liberal arts, science and mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia. The College of Liberal Arts hosts academic departments in English; Family Studies & Community Development; Foreign Languages; Geography & Environmental Planning; History; Philosophy & Religious Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice; and Women’s & Gender Studies; as well as several interdisciplinary programs; the university’s Writing Center; and the Baltimore Hebrew Institute.
The Dean provides leadership that supports faculty, departments, and programs in achieving their established educational objectives while promoting the common interests of the college and university. The Dean advocates for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and guides the college in producing innovative educational opportunities across programs. As a skilled collaborator, the Dean will work effectively with Provost’s and Deans Council, program directors, faculty, and staff to facilitate communication, foster relationships, and build support for the diverse disciplines within the college. The Dean ensures the college continues to build a creative culture that welcomes new ideas, perspectives, and diversity. The Dean participates in the shared governance activities of the college and the university. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the selection, retention, promotion, and development of faculty and staff; identification of appropriate sources of funding related to the goals of the college; consultation with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research regarding graduate programs within the college; and advancement of student satisfaction and retention.
Applicants must hold an earned terminal degree in one of the disciplines associated with the College and possess a progressive record of intellectual/creative accomplishments and academic engagement that would qualify for appointment as a professor, with tenure in one of the college’s academic units. Applicants must have academic administrative experience of at least five years at the departmental level or higher, including experience with faculty and staff hiring, budget management, promotion and tenure, new program development, and instructional assessment. The selected candidate must be able to cultivate relationships both within and outside of the college; have a record of enhancing student performance and retention; demonstrated commitment to developing a diverse and equitable college culture; and a passionate belief of the impact of liberal arts for students and the university. Other qualifications appropriate to the position include the ability to appreciate and understand the different academic traditions, scholarly conventions, and resource needs of humanities and social sciences departments included within the college, a record of creative leadership and strong interpersonal skills, evidence of work with a diverse community, and engagement with development activities. A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full university benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here. Procedure for Candidacy: Applications and nominations should be received by January 17, 2020 to ensure full consideration. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae; a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the job description; and the names and contact information of five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to: DeanCLAsearch@towson.edu
Internal Number: 190000U1
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).