Framingham State University — Dean of Arts and Humanities

Company Description:

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular purpose – meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our founding as the nation’s first public normal school, that need was for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of our roots as a teachers’ college, we have grown far beyond them. Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry, designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500 companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a public institution offering accessible, affordable educational opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good remain steadfast.

At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing national leadership in science education and exploring strategies that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.

FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors, and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs. Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse communities.

Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to discover and teach “truth in theory and principle…truth in spirit and motive…truth in manner and form…truth intellectual and truth moral.” Early leaders found this motto “speaks of sincerity of spirit…of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of joy in achievement.” LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State University.

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Job Description:


The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Arts and Humanities, consisting of the departments of Art and Music; Communication, Media, and Performance; English; Fashion Design and Retailing; History; and World Languages. The Dean articulates, advocates, and advances the goals of the College, both within the university and to the outside community.


Department Faculty Chairs, and co-supervision of an administrative assistant


Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs


  • Strongly support and advocate for the humanities and the creative and performing arts.
  • Provide innovative and creative leadership and work collaboratively with our university community to support student-centered programs (current and new) that respond to university-wide enrollment, retention, and graduation goals and a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Encourage and support quality teaching and scholarship, as well as faculty and staff member professional development.
  • Provide leadership for and oversee the development, coordination, organization, scheduling, and supervision of all instructional programs (undergraduate and graduate) in the College.
  • Promote appropriate interdisciplinary collaboration with programs in the College and other academic Colleges of the University.
  • Work to acquire new internal and external financial resources and appropriately allocate resources for departments in the College, including budgets and space.
  • Make recommendations to the Provost in the evaluation of faculty members in the departments of the College.
  • Oversee and coordinate the hiring of faculty members in the departments of the College, negotiating salary and start-up requests with faculty candidates.
  • Cultivate the College’s commitment to anti-racism in a manner consistent with the policies of the University.
  • Work with academic departments in the development of budgets according to the timeline of the University, review proposed budgets, and make recommendations to the Provost.
  • Coordinate planning at the strategic and operational levels in a manner that maintains and improves the overall effectiveness of the College, including in the area of enrollment.
  • Initiate and oversee undergraduate program reviews and ensure that individual programs within the College achieve and maintain appropriate accreditation/certification in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Assessment.
  • Coordinate with the Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies to ensure that the graduate programs in the College are appropriately administered and supported and the College is appropriately involved in credit and non-credit continuing education opportunities.
  • Promote College programs and activities (e.g., Arts & Ideas, the Children’s Literature Festival, and gallery and center events) to the university and local communities and invite regional residents to meaningfully engage with Framingham State University.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, department chairs, graduate program and continuing education coordinators, and deans and other administrators (including, for example, the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement) to achieve the mission of the University.
  • Demonstrate comfort working within a unionized environment and participating in local governance structures.
  • Ensure that reports, course schedules, and other written materials are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Co-supervise office staff.
  • Model integrity, creativity, good judgment, and collegiality.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work primarily occurs in a campus office space. Some evening and weekend hours required.



  • An earned terminal degree (MFA or PhD) from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the College. Demonstrated record of distinguished teaching, research/scholarship, and service (including significant contributions to appropriate professional organizations) in one of the College’s academic disciplines.
  • At least three (3) years of leadership and management at the level of Department Chair or in another administrative leadership position/s, preferably in higher education.
  • Knowledge of higher education practices and trends, including but not limited to curriculum, instruction, and recruitment.
  • Ability to work within a unionized environment with shared governance.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in program development, review and revision, and data- informed decision making.
  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, equity, anti-racism, and institutional diversity and the ability to promote inclusive environments for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing with diverse constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, other administrators, parents, K-12 personnel, and other external constituencies.


Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, non-unit position. The salary range is $145,000 – 160,000.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside campus buildings.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university’s efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For best consideration, application materials should be received by January 31, 2023, however, applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Official transcripts must be submitted upon appointment.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or