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Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick, Rhode Island
Date Posted 12/17/2021
Executive-Dean-Liberal Arts
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Full Job Description

Department : Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Position Category : Staff - NonClassified

About CCRI
The Community College of Rhode Island is the states only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.

At CCRI, we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse campus community. We strive to hire and retain culturally competent faculty and staff members who reflect the demographics of our state and our increasingly diverse student population.

We believe that our diversity is our strength. We celebrate, support and thrive on the diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented across our four campuses.

We are OneCCRI, working together to prepare learners to achieve their highest potential.

To learn about what employees value at CCRI and what it means to work here, please read about our Guiding Principles and watch videos of our employees doing what they do best:

Job Summary
Provide leadership in creating a culture of collaboration within the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division while guiding the growth and expansion of curricular offerings. Support and collaborate with the Division’s chairs, faculty, and staff in a multi-campus environment.
The Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division is comprised of the following departments: Art, Art History and Design, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, English, Human Services, Performing Arts (Music and Theatre), Psychology, Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology) and World Languages and Cultures.

Duties and Responsibilities
Commitment to CCRI’s Mission:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
  • Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • For student-facing positions Work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, with students of various learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.
  • For other positions Work collaboratively with others and provide quality customer service in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Academic Leadership:
· Provide leadership for the development and implementation of programs, initiatives, and projects in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences · Collaborate with faculty to review curricula, learning outcomes, ongoing assessment results, and current research as a basis for improving instructional offerings and outcomes · Coordinate curricula, program development, academic policy, and program and degree requirement changes within Division
  • Manage and coordinate scheduling and academic offerings at all campuses in collaboration with other academic deans
  • Coordinate the Honors, Study Abroad, and other special programs
· Collaborate with the other academic deans to provide leadership in the Liberal Arts and General Studies programs · Support the professional development of divisional faculty and seek resources to promote effective teaching and learning
  • Provide direction that assists divisional faculty and staff in meeting the stated expectations and responsibilities of governing contracts
  • Demonstrate ability to be liaison between department chairpersons and academic leadership
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
  • Work collaboratively with others in a diverse and inclusive environment.


  • Provide leadership and oversight that results in enhancing institutional effectiveness, particularly within the Academic Affairs division
  • Collaborate with divisional department chairs to hire and orient new full and part-time faculty with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Review and approve divisional teaching assignments and schedules to ensure workload
compliance with faculty collective bargaining contract
  • Oversee the divisional faculty evaluation process, review faculty evaluations, and evaluate department chairs
  • Review and evaluate sabbatical leave, tenure, and promotion applications for divisional faculty
· Conduct on-going divisional meetings with department chairs to strengthen communication, collaboration, and program effectiveness · Prepare and manage divisional budget
  • Coordinate with department chairs to establish divisional priorities that support CCRI’s current Strategic Plan and review and monitor departmental budgets
  • Coordinate with department chairs, Enrollment Services, and other academic deans to develop, monitor, and manage the master schedule
  • Chair or participate in various academic affairs and college-wide committees, as appropriate
  • Promote understanding of standards required for regional NECHE accreditation
  • Manage special projects requiring research and/or grant proposal development, assist with data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Chair and/or participate in various divisional and college wide committees and other related duties as required by Vice President for Academic Affairs

Institutional Effectiveness:

  • Proven ability in administrative decision making that utilizes quantitative and qualitative measures.
  • Proven success in initiating, promoting and maintaining strong relations with college constituents.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize data in divisional planning and continuous quality improvement.

Minimum Requirements
  • A Master’s Degree in a related field required.
  • Demonstrated leadership in higher education administration
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success and equitable outcomes
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and effective decision-making and organizational skills.

Competencies and Desired Qualifications
The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following:
  • Earned doctorate preferred
  • Collective bargaining experience preferred
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in academic program planning and evaluation, curriculum development, student learning outcomes’ assessment, implementation of general education requirements, academic scheduling, and budget preparation
  • Familiarity with Learning Management Systems (LMS) and other instructional technologies
  • Experience with Banner or other higher education ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
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