Clarkson University — Dean of Arts and Sciences

Clarkson University seeks a new dean to lead the School of Arts and Sciences in support of faculty excellence and student success in both graduate and undergraduate education and research across the wide array of disciplines which comprise the school. Clarkson is a private, national research university that is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, research, scholarship and innovation.  

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of Arts and Sciences oversees the academic program and faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences, one of six schools in the University. With 163 faculty and staff, 571 undergraduate and 290 graduate students, the School of Arts and Sciences offers traditional disciplinary areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, History, and Psychology, as well as opportunities to address recently emerging issues  such as Biomolecular Science and Digital Arts & Sciences.  The Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences provides leadership and direction to the units of the School of Arts & Sciences, oversight of the academic program, support for faculty and students, and advocacy for the school inside and outside the university. The new dean will demonstrate a deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of Clarkson University and will play a meaningful role in the Clarkson community.  While well-developed administrative skills are essential for success in this role, the ideal candidate will also possess an educator’s passion for and abiding commitment to the welfare and success of each student.

A STEM focused university, Clarkson’s main campus is located on 640 wooded acres in Potsdam, New York, adjacent to the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, with other campuses in the Capital Region of New York (Schenectady), Beacon, Saranac Lake (in partnership with the Trudeau Institute) and Pier 26 in Manhattan.  It’s 4300 undergraduate and graduate student hail from 46 states and 52 countries. Clarkson produces remarkably effective and entrepreneurial engineers, scientists, educators, health professionals, business people and creative leaders by creating an exceptionally demanding, boundary-spanning educational experience. Clarkson graduates earn salaries that are among the top three percent in the nation; one in five alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.  

The successful candidate will present a record of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, in an environment where undergraduate education, graduate education, and research productivity are all part of the institutional mission.  Required credentials are an earned Ph.D. in a relevant field, with a record of scholarship which meets Clarkson’s requirements for the full professor rank. Demonstrated experience in academic administration, with evidence of sound fiscal and personnel management, faculty oversight and research development are a priority. 

Dr. Katherine Haley, founder of Haley Associates Higher Education Executive Search LLC is supporting the search.  To make inquiries or nominations, please contact her at: ClarksonDeanofArtsandSciences@haleyassociates.net or 603.748.4399. To apply, upload a letter of application and vita to the candidate portal at haleyassociates.hiringthing.com. Review of candidates will begin in September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, materials should be submitted by August 28, 2020.  The leadership profile may be found at https://www.clarkson.edu/human-resources.

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson University actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

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