Quinnipiac University — Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Quinnipiac University invites nominations and applications to serve as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The next dean will join a community of learners dedicated to student success at Quinnipiac and beyond. The College seeks a visionary leader who can bring innovative ideas and advocate for a liberal education as the foundation of the students’ futures as enlightened global citizens and professionals.

Quinnipiac University (QU) is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac has been named a “Great College to Work For” as determined by a comprehensive industry survey.

The College or Arts and Sciences is the largest College at Quinnipiac and has the most diverse set of programs. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) combines knowledge, skills, and perspectives from across the humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences. The College has a particularly important role to play in the academic life of the University and in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan since the overwhelming majority of all undergraduate students’ first and second year courses are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty. In essence, the College is both the liberal arts core of the institution as well as a key player in professional education at Quinnipiac. According to data collected in 2019, 42% of the College of Arts and Sciences graduates were employed and 55% of graduates were attending graduate school within six months of graduation. In the Fall of 2020, the College of Arts and Sciences enrolled 1,713 undergraduate students across 20 programs, with a portion undeclared.

The dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the College of Arts and Sciences. The dean reports directly to the Provost and has 18 direct reports, including two associate deans and 13 department chairs, overseeing a staff of 26. The dean plans and administers the College’s annual budget of $29 million.  The incoming dean will lead a College with a vibrant community of collegial faculty and staff. The dean will engage in the following opportunities and challenges in line with Quinnipiac’s vision of becoming “the University of the Future:” provide vision, leadership, and an inclusive identity for the College; enhance programs while streamlining internal processes and procedures; foster interdisciplinarity and connections across the arts and sciences portfolio and across the University’s other eight Schools; support diversity and inclusion;  implement the new decentralized budget model and work to develop new revenue streams; and collaborate with internal and external constituencies, among other priorities.

The successful candidate will have many of the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics: a terminal degree in an Arts and Science field with credentials to merit tenure; a student-centered approach to education with a demonstrated commitment to student success; a keen understanding of the evolving perceptions and national trends related to the liberal arts and a track-record of innovation; financial acumen and experience managing a budget, ideally in a decentralized environment; a collaborative style and demonstrated experience working across disciplines with a commitment to interdisciplinarity; experience working with external constituencies, including alumni, employers, community members, donors, etc., and with the ability to form meaningful partnerships and generate resources, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a record that evidences success in enhancing these principles, among other characteristics. For a more comprehensive description of the role, please visit the position profile.  

For best consideration, please send all nominations, expressions of interest, and applications electronically and in confidence to: 

Jim Siranni, Partner
Lindsay Allison, Senior Associate


For more information, please visit Quinnipiac University’s home page at https://www.qu.edu/.

Quinnipiac University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and welcomes candidates who would enhance that diversity. Quinnipiac offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, competitive compensation, and a comprehensive benefit program.