Minnesota State University, Mankato — Founding Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Minnesota State University, Mankato, a leading university with a growing international reputation for breakthrough applied research, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The University seeks an exceptional individual with a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and management to provide innovative, equity-minded, and creative leadership to fulfill the vision of the college to provide students with transformative experiences to improve the human condition through critical thinking and inquiry, collaboration, imagination, empathy, and service. The Dean will also advise the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on all academic matters related to the college.

Minnesota State is the largest institution within the Minnesota State system which includes seven universities and 30 two-year colleges. The Minnesota State system has established a strategic vision, Equity 2030, which aims to close the educational equity gaps across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location by the end of the decade at every Minnesota State college and university, and to provide an opportunity for all to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

More than 14,000 students, including more than 1,170 international students from 89 countries, attend Minnesota State Mankato, making it the second-largest university in Minnesota. The nearly 1,600 faculty and staff, including more than 700 teaching faculty, are distinguished by their dedication and loyalty to the institution’s mission and their students. The University offers more than 130 undergraduate programs of study and more than 85 graduate programs including master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs. 

The newly formed College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences brings together the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Academic programs of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences range from traditional liberal arts to interdisciplinary studies. The combined strengths of the diverse faculty provide the base for a unique educational experience in a wide array of programs. The college also has post-baccalaureate work leading to a master’s degree is available in many of the programs and an applied doctorate degree (Psy. D.) in School Psychology. 

Mankato, Minnesota is located approximately 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. The Greater Mankato area has a population of over 101,000.

The Dean serves as the chief administrative and executive officer for the college and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will oversee academic programs and maintain external accreditations; provide academic and administrative planning and budgeting; interpret, administer, and support collective bargaining agreements; implement college and university policies; recruit, develop and evaluate faculty and staff; maintain positive student relations; fundraise and procure grants; maintain and develop external connections, advisory boards, collaboration and partnership; provide oversight for procurement and maintenance of college technology and facilities; promote, develop and encourage equity-minded and racially just programming and supports; and mentor department chairpersons. The Dean also oversees Scholars Serving Time, Kessel Peace Institute, School of Communication, EARTH Systems Lab, and the Chesley Center on Aging.

The full prospectus is available here.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Jim Sirianni, Managing Director
Mark Halligan, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

Minnesota State University, Mankato has a long-standing commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to nurture and enrich its underrepresented communities. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Requests for reasonable accommodation of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to Human Resources, 507- 389-2015 (V), 800-267-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY). This announcement is available in alternative format upon request. Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action/equal opportunity university and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.