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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
University of Pikeville, in Pikeville, Kentucky
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Date Posted 03/09/2019
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Pikeville, the Leading University in Central Appalachia, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Located in the heart of Appalachia, the University of Pikeville is committed to offering a broad liberal arts and health professions education. The Dean of CAS will report directly to the University Provost and is the chief academic and administrative officer for the College. The Dean will provide strategic leadership and vision for the academic programs and will foster a high-quality environment of academic teaching, service, and scholarship to strengthen partnerships within and outside of CAS.

The Dean will oversee faculty recruitment, development and evaluation; fund- and friend-raising; community outreach/collaboration; budget management and resource allocation; program and curriculum development/assessment; and regional, state and national accreditation.

The position will also lead development of new, and enhancement of existing, academic programs in addition to supporting the needs of students and faculty. With visionary leadership and an innovative spirit, the Dean will play an integral role in collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure the University of Pikeville achieves its mission of serving central Appalachia.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee personnel matters involving academic and non-academic employees within the College of Arts and Sciences including recruiting qualified candidates, conducting personnel evaluations, and preparing long-term professional development plans with members of the faculty.
  2. Provide the Provost with an annual review of faculty and staff including individualized professional development plans.
  3. Make recommendations to the Provost regarding personnel appointments and re-appointments, promotions, and dismissal if necessary.
  4. Prepare and manage faculty workload plans.
  5. Articulate budgetary needs of the College and manage the allocation and expenditure of resources.
  6. Be engaged in teaching as a teaching faculty member.
  7. Represent the University and the College of Arts and Sciences in recruiting efforts and attend various academic and social functions both on and off campus.
  8. Promote interdisciplinary collaboration, cooperation, and scholarly activity.
  9. Develop annual goals and objectives, guiding the activities of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  10. Serve as liaison with relevant professional associations as well as state and national regulatory or accrediting agencies.
  11. In collaboration with the Provost, serve to support the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation efforts. This includes compiling data and preparing accreditation documents.
  12. Coordinate the assessment and development of academic programs.
  13. Support University-wide assessment of key general education outcomes.
  14. Collaborate with colleagues within the University to submit grant applications and/or prepare proposals for outside funding of projects.
  15. Participate as a member or Chair academic or campus-wide committees as appointed by the Provost or voted on by faculty.
  16. Collaborate with the Registrar on the development of course schedules and student registration processes.
  17. Maintain good working relationships with faculty and administration in all academic and non-academic sectors.
  18. Communicate effectively with constituents within the University, surrounding community, and State regarding the University.
  19. Attend conferences and seminars to inform the campus community of teaching, learning, and advising trends and concepts.
  20. Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Provost.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required

  • Terminal degree required from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Administrative leadership experience in higher education.
  • Experience teaching face-to-face and/or online within a higher education environment.
  • Experience working with technology, particularly integrating technology into courses in innovative ways that enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Experience managing budgets and personnel.
  • Ability to communicate and develop relationships/partnerships within the University and surrounding community.
  • Alignment with the University of Pikeville mission.
  • Ability to embrace diversity to best serve a growing higher education community.
  • Ability to foster excellence and innovation.
  • A history of demonstrating strong character and outstanding integrity.


This position requires daily contact with co-workers, student workers, supervisor, college and university personnel, students, alumni, legal counsel, and external entities including, but not limited to the general public. These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, written, and person-to-person contact.

Responsibility for Final Decisions:

Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Tasks may require the development of techniques, formulation of concept, and developing solutions to unique issues. Tasks also involve management of programs, work units, and/or responsibility for analysis of major organizational programs and/or major problems.

Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures. It may involve developing, implementing, and interpreting policy in order to fulfill problem resolution. Work may involve formulating policies and procedures, which have significant impact on administration, budget, decisions, and long-term policy.

Reports to: The Provost

Work is performed independently, and employee assumes direct accountability for work and independently resolves all associated problems except where final approval is required.

Work Conditions:


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This position operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Physical demands included here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position regularly requires long hours and frequent weekend work. Travel as appropriate to achieve university objectives, attend meetings, and implement strategic initiatives.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume or vitae, copies of their transcripts, a personal statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please provide a cover letter and specifically address your teaching experience, skills and teaching philosophy as well as how you would create an environment of learning and excellence within our College. Also, please identify what other courses you would like to develop. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5344.


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