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Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Department: 3670020010 Arts & Sciences Dean Office

Job no: 514422

Work type: Executive

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Applied Sciences, Arts / Humanities

About This Role:

The successful candidate must have the experience and vision to inspire, guide, and facilitate a strong and diverse faculty in the advancement of high-quality teaching, research, and engagement while providing leadership that assures the integrity, excellence, relevance, and success of the College's multi-faceted programs for the 21st century. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President and serves as a member of the Deans Council.

This position is ideal for a cutting-edge, student-centric leader with a proven history of successful growth initiatives, strong partnership and collaboration skills, and results-focused leadership. The Dean will be required to sustain and grow the College's excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service; promote a team-oriented leadership approach; establish a vision and strategic direction; drive further development and growth in enrollment, disciplines, and degrees; and cultivate internal and external partnerships. The Dean must embrace and understand how increased diversity of thought and background among students, faculty, administration, and staff works to strengthen academic programs and enrich the University community.

As part of Kansas State University, a comprehensive land-grant institution, the College of Arts and Sciences is committed to excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate on-campus and distance education, and engagement. The College is fully committed to advancing the University's land-grant mission and its vision to become a Next-Generation Land-Grant University.

The College has roughly 4,100 students (graduate and undergraduate) and approximately 620 faculty and staff. The College includes 20 departments, 2 Schools, 2 Centers and encompasses studies in the natural sciences, quantitative sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, and has more than 70 (undergraduate and graduate) degree programs and pre-professional options.

Please visit the college website for additional information regarding the College, its departments and their program offerings.

For full position details please view the Executive Profile.

For more information about Kansas State University please view the University Profile.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off - vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

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We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Educational Requirements:

  • An earned doctorate or terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College, or in a closely related field.

    Required Competencies/Qualification:

    • A strong record of distinguished academic achievement that merits appointment as a tenured, full professor in one of the College's departments, with evidence of professional distinction and national or international recognition in the candidate's field.

    • Proven success as an innovative and strategic leader with the ability to plan, coordinate, articulate, and execute a strategic vision and initiatives while engaging others.

    • Demonstrated success as a strategic and creative planner and an outstanding collaborator and relationship builder with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

    • A strong record of promoting diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and in the curriculum.

    • A proven record as a successful administrator with responsibility for guiding strategy, evaluating personnel, motivating faculty, resource acquisition and allocation, engaging external constituencies, and fostering diversity and teamwork to create collaborative relationships across culturally diverse groups.

    • Proven record of success in fund development, external fundraising, and financial management during challenging times.

    • A demonstrated commitment to all aspects of a land-grant mission, including teaching, research, and extension/outreach.

      Preferred Competencies/Qualifications:

      • An appreciation for the college's people, programs, mission, and vision.

      • A proven ability to develop and implement successful interdisciplinary and/or international programs.

      • Proven ability to initiate, lead, and facilitate transformational change and innovation initiatives, be adaptable with changing conditions, and comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies a large public university.

      • A firm grasp of the opportunities and advantages of an R1 university with land-grant status.

      • A history of building, enhancing, and sustaining partnerships across the university, local communities, state, region, and nation.

        Other Requirements:

        • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

          How to Apply:

          Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Kansas State University. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated confidentially. For full consideration, application materials must be received by February 20, 2023.

          Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. All applications are treated confidentially.

          Please do not email applications. To be viewed by the search firm, application materials must be submitted using ACES' Candidate Portal

          Inquiries and questions: Please send to

          Nominations and referrals: Please send to

          Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially

          Review of Applications Begins:

          For full consideration, application materials must be received by February 20, 2023.

          Equal Employment Opportunity:

          Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

          Background Screening Statement:

          In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

          Advertised: 06 Jan 2023 Central Standard Time

          Applications close: Open until filled

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