University of Missouri–St. Louis — Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Missouri–St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

The University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Reporting to the Provost/ Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean has broad authority and responsibility for oversight of all aspects of the academic endeavors of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

UMSL seeks a dynamic, innovative and visionary leader for the College of Arts and Sciences who:

  • Champions the public and civic role of higher education and is prepared to meet the challenges and address the complexities of urban and metropolitan universities.
  • Facilitates change-management within the College, with attention to building trust, improving processes, and seizing opportunities that align with strategic priorities.
  • Models effective policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion in all activities of the University. 
  • Embraces and expands opportunities to engage with and serve community partners.
  • Cultivates an environment that inspires curiosity in students, faculty, and staff and encourages personal and professional learning and growth.
  • Exhibits flexibility and is adept at leading diverse constituencies in the rapidly changing landscape of higher education.

The Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences leads the largest academic unit at UMSL and supports research, scholarship and creative work, tracks and assesses educational outcomes, and encourages community engagement across graduate and undergraduate programs. The College consists of 19 academic departments and various centers. Currently, there are 135 tenured/tenure track faculty, 197 non-tenure track (teaching/research/clinical) faculty and 125 staff members. The College offers 27 separate baccalaureates, 17 masters, 7 doctoral degrees and 8 graduate certificates. The annual budget for the Fiscal Year 2022 was $37M the Annual Research dollars had $7M in expenditures, $24M in proposals, $5.5M in awards. 

UMSL’s College of Arts and Sciences seeks a dynamic, innovative leader who can synthesize the diverse perspectives and strengths of its constituencies and stakeholders. The Dean will work to leverage the unique nature of the University’s vibrant urban setting and help to develop a vision and strategies that will support the growth and success of the College in a rapidly changing higher education environment. Additionally, the Dean needs to ensure the College of Arts and Sciences is a driving contributor to the University’s mission and desired objectives. 

The Dean will play a key leadership role in addressing CAS priorities, including efforts to:

  • Cultivate, evaluate, and implement innovative ideas and strategies for enrollment growth, student retention, and student success. 
  • Facilitate and execute strategic initiatives across all disciplines.
  • Support, develop, and grow faculty research and scholarly and creative works. 
  • Advance the strong traditions of UMSL’s teaching excellence by supporting innovative methods and informed approaches to learning. 
  • Create strategic community-engaged opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and partnerships among students, faculty, community members, cultural and civic institutions, and industry leaders.
  • Align philanthropic activities and donor-supported interests with the activities of the College’s programs and operations. 
  • Collaborate with University leaders, faculty and staff to identify opportunities for partnerships that contribute to the University’s mission.
  • Embrace and enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging among faculty, staff and students.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant material should be received by January 29, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Candidates should include a cover letter outlining leadership qualifications and a detailed curriculum vitae. Later in the search process, further information may be requested, including names and contact information for professional references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Partnering in the search is Kelly Oliver, Lead HR Consultant, for the
University of Missouri System.
Inquiries and applications can be sent to

The full position profile is available at

The University of Missouri- St. Louis is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. All candidates are encouraged to apply.