Utah Valley University — Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Utah Valley University (UVU), located in Orem, Utah, is the fastest-growing and largest public, comprehensive university in the state, currently enrolling nearly 35,000 students. UVU seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) to advance 26 academic degrees in seven departments including Behavioral Science, Communication, English and Literature, History and Political Science, Integrated Studies, Languages and Cultures, and Philosophy and Humanities. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, collaborative administrator with outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. The Dean advocates for CHSS in cooperation with UVU’s seven other colleges and schools, which center their work around a mission of student success.

CHSS, the largest college at UVU, has approximately 4,500 majors and annually awards over 1,000 degrees at the certificate, associate, and bachelor’s levels. A Master of Social Work degree will be offered beginning in Fall 2017. A full-time faculty of 142 plus adjuncts, along with a staff of over 50, help offer students a high-quality, intimate educational experience and a 23-to-1, student-to-faculty ratio.

Deeply involved in the engaged-learning models that guide the university, CHSS features students, faculty, and staff invested in teaching, research, and publication grounded strongly in the liberal arts and featuring extensive community outreach, including seven annual conferences on topics including addiction and autism. UVU aspires to become a leader among its peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of underrepresented groups, including the 36 percent of UVU students who are first-generation college students. CHSS actively pursues the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students, as well as promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited university in a discipline represented within the college
  • Experience in higher education administration with a minimum of five years of successful, progressive experience at the level of department chair or above
  • Current rank of associate professor or above, with strong record of teaching and research and capable of achieving a similar rank in their respective department at UVU

Preferred attributes:

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of UVU
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative in leading a dynamically growing college
  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence and commitment to teaching institutions
  • Demonstrated record of scholarship and commitment to its role in teaching
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of commitment to collaboration and shared governance
  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to open admissions
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with community stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively across campus
  • Experience with strategic planning and budgeting
  • Experience with donor outreach and development
  • Familiarity with the principles of academic advising
  • Commitment to underserved populations, including minorities and first-generation college students
  • Ability to use both qualitative and quantitative data

Job description: 

The Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as the principal administrator of the college. The Dean’s responsibilities include academic programs, personnel, general administration and management, budget, and development functions.

Detailed qualifications for the position and UVU’s profile can be found at: http://www.academic-search.com/sites/default/files/UVUDeanCHSSProfile.pdf

Procedure for Nominations and Applications 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. The review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. Applications received by March 10, 2017, will be given full consideration. Send a letter of application; curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references. Calls to references will occur later in the search process and only with prior notification of candidates. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to: UVUDeanCHSS@academic-search.com. The committee is assisted by Dr. Wanda Durrett Bigham, senior consultant, who can be reached at wdb@academic-search.com or by calling 334-425-6865.

Utah Valley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/ Disabled/Equal Access Employer. Utah Valley University is committed to an inclusive hiring process and the welcoming of diverse candidates. 


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