University of South Carolina Upstate — Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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The University of South Carolina Upstate is seeking a visionary, innovative, enthusiastic, and student-centered leader to serve as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The candidate should possess a record of academic administrative and teaching excellence, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and inclusive decision-making. The ideal candidate must successfully engage and work well with various stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, fellow administrators, and community members – in building a vision for the College that emphasizes academic excellence. The College currently has 11 majors, 29 minors, and 1 certificate program.

Key duties include:

  • Recruiting, developing, and managing an outstanding faculty;
  • Identifying and building academic programs for 21st century undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Identifying and crafting strategies for student recruitment and retention;
  • Identifying and cultivating community engagement opportunities;
  • Managing the College’s social media presence;
  • Overseeing the development of all academic programs within the College;
  • Creating an inclusive, team-oriented environment among faculty and staff;
  • Managing a large budget.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate experience as both a team member and team leader, should understand the importance of both budget and personnel management, have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, promote and encourage critical thinking, be able to attract external funding, create and strengthen ties with the community, and possess strong communication skills.

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, is a comprehensive public university, a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system, and is among the fastest growing universities in the state. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked USC Upstate No. 1 among Top Public Regional Colleges in the South. USC Upstate has also been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. In addition, student and faculty from over 25 nations reflect the university’s international character. Located between Charlotte and Atlanta along the I-85 corridor, one of the fastest growing business and high-tech regions in the country, the campus is within easy driving distance to the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The University has an enrollment of approximately 6,300 students and employs approximately 650 full and part-time faculty and staff, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. USC Upstate is proud of the diversity of its student body, many of whom are first-generation students. We are an EOE/AA employer and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for the faculty, staff, and administrators. We seek a leader committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity at USC Upstate. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Education and Experience: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution, a clear record of distinguished teaching and scholarship, and qualify as a full professor in one of the College’s disciplines. In addition, candidates should have a minimum of three years of experience at the Department or Division Head, or Center Director level or above, as well as a proven record of faculty supervision. A successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have a combined five years of experience at the Department or Division Head, or Center Director level or above.

Applicant Instructions: Review of applications will begin on August 24, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Submissions must be complete for consideration. For a complete job description and to apply, go to: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/82449

Contact information:
Dr. Chris Bender
Chair, Search Committee
cbender@uscupstate.edu
(864) 503-5755

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

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