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Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri
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Date Posted 03/09/2019
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

DEAN, COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES – Missouri Western State University is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to become Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The new Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences will join our collaborative leadership team that includes the University Provost, the Deans of the College of Professional Studies, the Steven L. Craig School of Business and Technology, the School of Fine Arts, and the Western Institute. Together, this group works to provide leadership for not only their own units, but the entire institution.

The dean is responsible for all administrative functions in the College, including personnel, budgeting and resource development. The dean is expected to promote excellence in teaching, encourage and support scholarly activity, create applied learning opportunities for students, and set a positive tone for the college. The dean will work collaboratively with others to support student recruitment, retention and success.

 The University
Missouri Western State University is a regional, comprehensive university, and provides a blend of traditional liberal arts and sciences and career oriented associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. Since our founding as the St. Joseph Junior College in 1915, Missouri Western has relied upon community, regional and state partnerships for success. Our mission as the state’s designated university for applied learning sets us apart from our peers as we strive to prepare our students for lives of excellence. Missouri Western also aspires to be thepremier open access regional university, known for transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve. Missouri Western is fortunate to have a host of strong academic programs and excellent faculty who are dedicated to student learning. Advancing student success requires a comprehensive, integrated approach along with the engagement of every individual associated with Missouri Western. We believe that all employees are educators for our students and have an important role in their success.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is committed to fostering academic excellence through undergraduate and graduate studies in a broad range of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The college has 120 full-time faculty and staff comprised of the departments of Biology; Chemistry; Communication & Journalism; Computer Science, Math, & Physics; English & Modern Languages; History & Geography; Philosophy & Religion; Economics, Political Science & Sociology; and Psychology.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree in a related field

  • Record of effective teaching, scholarship and service meriting appointment as a faculty member with rank and tenure at the University (occasional teaching opportunities are possible)

  • Demonstrated excellence in being creative, intellectually agile and innovative

  • Demonstrated commitment to faculty and student engagement and success

  • Record of administrative experiences in a university or college setting; including management of budgets, personnel, and curriculum

  • Demonstrated ability to foster interdisciplinary, intercollegiate, and community partnerships and programs to advance school and university goals

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Higher Education policy and procedures

  • History of collaboration with faculty across disciplines and demonstrated success as an effective academic leader

ApplicationInterested applicants must submit a letter of application summarizing the applicant’s experience and qualifications for the position, current vita, a statement of leadership philosophy, and contact information (name, title, address, phone number and email address) for five professional references to: Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the U.S. For best consideration, application materials should be received by March 15, 2019. Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. EOE

As a student-centered learning community, Missouri Western is dedicated to inclusion and the promotion of diversity is essential to our mission as a public university. This commitment contributes to transforming lives and demonstrates our values of freedom, respect and courage. Missouri Western encourages applications from individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas, and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.

Location and Community
The University is located on 744 acres in historic St. Joseph, Missouri in the rolling hills along the Missouri River 50 miles north of Kansas City. Missouri Western’s beautifully landscaped main campus complements its contemporary academic, residential and recreational facilities. St. Joseph’s friendly atmosphere provides a world-class quality of life. With 13 museums, over 1,500 acres of city parks, state-of-the-art health care, quality public and private schools, and an affordable cost of living, St. Joseph is considered one of the most livable places in the United States.

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