Berry College — Dean, Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

ABOUT BERRY COLLEGE:
Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty,Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others.

We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Berry College invites applications or nominations for an inspiring leader, recognized scholar, and persuasive advocate for the centrality of the humanities, arts, and social sciences to an undergraduate education to serve as Dean of the Evans School.  The Dean will serve as an exemplary teacher-scholar model and mentor. We seek candidates whose scholarship, teaching, service, and administrative experiences have prepared them to contribute to the personal and professional success of our students and our commitment to engagement and inclusion of diverse communities in higher education. Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2021.

Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 located adjacent to Rome, GA, midway between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN.  Berry’s educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self.  This commitment to an “education of the head, heart and hands” remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago.

Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master’s level opportunities in business and teacher education.  The College’s stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.  Berry’s ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. In addition to their intellectual development, Berry is also committed to the personal and professional development of its students.

Berry College’s Evans School boasts 75 engaged faculty members who serve as teachers, scholars, and mentors to students. The faculty and academic programs occupy five buildings whose facilities include the recently-constructed 276-seat Sisters Theatre, and an acoustically optimized performance and recital hall in the picturesque Ford complex.  Berry’s students study communication (digital storytelling, filmmaking and cinematic arts, public relations, and sports com); writing, creative writing, and literature; history; political science and international affairs; religion and philosophy; sociology and anthropology; environmental science and studies; world languages and cultures (French, German and Spanish); and the fine arts (music, dance, visual art, and theatre).  Students are involved on and off campus in leadership, scholarship, work, and community service opportunities that support their diverse academic, career, and personal interests.  Further information on the Evans School may be found at: https://www.berry.edu/academics/schools/school-of-humanities/

Job Responsibilities:
The Dean serves as the chief academic, administrative, and budgetary officer of the Evans School and reports directly to the College’s Provost.

The Evans Dean:

  • Works collaboratively with the Evans School’s faculty, College administration, the deans of other Schools, and external partners to promote and catalyze improvements to the School’s teaching, research and performance capabilities, departmental curricula, interdisciplinary programs, and facilities.
  • Supervises all Evans faculty, Department Chairs and coordinators, and administrative staff.
  • Oversees and assists Evans departments in the hiring of a diverse, high quality, faculty and staff.
  • Recommends hiring, reappointment, promotion and tenure, and other personnel actions as necessary.
  • Assists students and faculty with requests, collaborations, exceptions, complaints, and the resolution of grievances.
  • Acts as an effective communicator and liaison to both internal and external constituencies, including fund-raising activities in conjunction with the Advancement office.
  • Recommends a school budget to the Provost, and oversees the allocation and spending of School funds.
  • Teaches one course each year in their discipline.

Minimum Qualifications
Earned doctorate (or terminal degree) by an accredited institution in one of the disciplines represented by the Evans School with sufficient qualifications to merit appointment to the rank of full professor.  The successful candidate will have a proven and effective track record of service in an administrative position such as dean, associate dean, or department chair that demonstrates the candidate’s commitment to innovation and improvement.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Berry is a Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 “Great College to Work For.”   The College offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and provides benefit options with no employee costs for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, including spouse and dependents at a reduced rate.

An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation.   Berry College’s ADA policy may be found here:

https://www.berry.edu/uploadedFiles/Website/Business_Finance/HR/_Assets/Documents/adapolicy.pdf

All potential employees at Berry College are required to submit to a background check prior to hiring.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a separate statement that addresses how their cultural, experiential, administrative and/or academic background could contribute to the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion at Berry College, a curriculum/administrative vitae, and three letters of reference. Letters of reference, indicating the position in the subject line, may be submitted directly to employment@berry.edu.  Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2020.

Nominations for the position may be sent directly to Dr. Gary Breton, Chair of the search committee at: gbreton@berry.edu.

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