California Lutheran University — Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

California Lutheran University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Dean reports to the Provost, is a member of the Academic Leadership Council, and is responsible to lead the faculty of Arts and Sciences in the ongoing development and implementation of excellent and comprehensive undergraduate degree programs in the Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1959 and located in the beautiful community of Thousand Oaks, halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara and fifteen miles from the Southern California coast, California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran) is a young and growing liberal arts university serving more than 2,800 undergraduate students and 1,350 graduate students. Cal Lutheran was recently designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with 42% of undergraduates from underrepresented groups, and over 30% of first time freshmen are first generation students. Cal Lutheran provides a challenging academic environment with emphasis on high achievement and helping students discover and live their purpose. All aspects of the University—a distinguished faculty, a talented and diverse student body, value-centered education, personalized learning, and a beautiful campus—contribute to a vibrant learning community. Cal Lutheran is one of 26 universities and colleges affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Cal Lutheran offers undergraduate programs through the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Management, and graduate and professional programs through the School of Management, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Psychology and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Thirty-five undergraduate majors and 34 minors are offered. The Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program offers degrees in seven majors. Graduate programs include doctorates in educational leadership, higher education leadership, and clinical psychology, and master’s degrees in education, psychology, business administration, information technology, public policy and administration, economics, divinity, and theological studies.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of four divisions: Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, with a total of 26 academic departments. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision for the College’s academic program, working in close collaboration with the faculty to enhance student learning and individual growth. Cal Lutheran seeks applicants with experience working with students and faculty of color and creating education environments that are conducive to their success. Position requirements include: a doctoral degree in a field of study represented in the College; a record of progressively more responsible leadership in academic affairs; highly developed skills in academic administration, communication, and interpersonal relations; demonstrated faculty- and student-centeredness; commitment to building community and diversity; and strong appreciation for the character and values that are at the center of Cal Lutheran.

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Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately, and nominations and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. The appointee is expected to take office in July 2017. Applications received by October 21, 2016 will be assured of full consideration; these should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applicants are asked to address their experience working with diverse student populations, particularly Latinos and other students of color. References will not be contacted until later in the search process and only after approval by candidates. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to:

The search committee is assisted by:

Dr. R. Stanton Hales, Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc. 707-545-2203

California Lutheran University is an equal opportunity employer.
The University encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of Cal Lutheran and who value cultural, ethnic and racial differences to apply.