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Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of La Verne in La Verne, California
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Date Posted 02/18/2020
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the heart of the University of La Verne, carrying forth the traditions of the historic liberal arts college. The College prides itself on its heritage and commitment to a progressive and innovative liberal arts education using the teacher-scholar model. Students are offered a rich variety of stimulating programs in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Each undergraduate major offers a hands-on or research capstone project, and an interterm offers an intensive learning experience that permits local, national, and international study opportunities.

As a member of the University's senior academic team, the Dean is the chief academic, administrative, and financial officer of the College of Arts and Sciences and reports to the Provost, Dr. Jonathan Reed. The Dean is a member of the University Management Council and serves on the Provost's Council.

The University seeks a Dean who, in conjunction with the faculty, will develop and enact a set of strategic priorities related to the vision and mission of the university and the College of Arts and Sciences. Those missions and visions for our students include broad access, transformative educational experiences and a path to a successful and satisfying career with the La Verne Experience ( ) as a centerpiece with FLEX classes being the sole responsibility of CAS. Candidates should understand the value of mentorship and faculty/staff development. Candidates should also understand the complexity of the University in its traditional liberal arts and science degree programs, both at the undergraduate (traditional and non-traditional) and graduate levels, in its general education requirements, and in the regional and online programs.

Specific Duties:

  • Act as chief academic, administrative, and financial officer of the College

  • Expand and improve the educational experience of all students in the College

  • Promote and support faculty excellence in teaching, research, and service

  • Increase and maintain diversity in faculty, staff, and curriculum

  • Encourage and manage the growth and vitality of the academic disciplines

  • Recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff

  • Engage in community outreach and the promotion of visibility of the institution

  • Develop the budget for the College and advocate for resources

  • Lead and support accreditation initiatives

  • Engage in fundraising activities in conjunction with University Advancement

  • Manage and oversee grant and other related activities in collaboration with institutional research

  • Work closely with college faculty and department chairs to advance the educational mission in accordance with the principles of shared governance

  • Work closely with the Provost, the other Deans, and the University Management Council on university-wide strategic initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. or terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the equivalent) in a discipline within a College of Arts and Sciences

  • At minimum an Associate Professor with academic qualifications for appointment at the rank of full professor

  • Significant administrative experience, at the department chair level or above, at a regionally accredited 4-year private nonprofit or public university

  • Demonstrated record of:

    • commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

    • faculty advocacy within an administrative governance structure

    • excellence in teaching, scholarship and research;

    • commitment to promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship and research at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

    • commitment to inclusive leadership, engaging a diverse and productive faculty, staff, and student body

    • team building and collaborative initiatives;

    • budget management

    • strategic planning initiatives

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Effective decision making and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate student population at a comprehensive university

  • Demonstrated record of fund raising through grant writing and engaging donors

  • Demonstrated record of collaborative initiatives with corporate and/or community partners

  • Demonstrated outreach and stewardship of university alumni

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions:
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Institutional Profile
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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