Westfield State University — Founding Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Westfield State University seeks a visionary, collaborative, and dynamic leader to serve as its Founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. This is a momentous time to join the Westfield community as it welcomes three founding deans to help achieve great aspirations for the future.

Established in 1839, Westfield State University is a comprehensive, four-year public university in Westfield, Massachusetts. Founded by Horace Mann, a noted educator and social reformer, Westfield was instituted as the first public, co-educational college in America to exist without barrier to race, gender, or economic class. Enrolling 5,000 undergraduates, 600 part-time students, and 800 graduate students, Westfield strives to foster intellectual curiosity, encourage critical thinking, inspire civic engagement, and promote a global perspective.

As the chief executive and academic officer for the newly created College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Dean is responsible for: budgeting and resource management; the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students; curriculum review and program development; sustaining enrollment; and the overall vitality and long-term success of the College. The chairs of the following 11 departments report to the Dean: Art; Communication; English (including Theatre Arts); Ethnic and Gender Studies; Geography and Regional Planning; History; Language and Cultural Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; and Sociology. The Dean will report to the Provost and will step into this role alongside two additional founding deans.

This new leader must engage a wide variety of University and community stakeholders to develop and advance a unified vision for CAHSS, while maintaining its status as an integral part of the University. The founding Dean will: develop, implement, and operationalize a strategic plan and vision for the College; steward close-knit partnerships and collaborations within the CAHSS and across campus; foster and enhance external relationships; expand and manage the College’s financial, physical, and human resources; and support and grow a vibrant and diverse internal community. The successful candidate will possess credentials for appointment at the rank of full professor, including an outstanding record of accomplishment in teaching and scholarship. They will have a terminal degree in a relevant field within the disciplines represented in the College and experience working within a unionized environment.

Westfield State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the identification and review of candidates. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent by electronically and in confidence to:

Rebecca Kennedy, Principal
Joanna Cook, Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Westfield State University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff dedicated to teaching and working in a multi-cultural environment. A tradition of opportunity for 170 years: the University continues to be open to all regardless of class, gender, or race since Westfield’s founding, and distinguished by educating freed African-Americans in the post-Civil War era. The University strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.