Tuesday, November 17, 2009

131. Come be my boss


The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/main/index.php). The position of Dean (job code 9311) is a 100%, 12-month (A term), annual renewable (K type) Professional and Administrative appointment. The salary is competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience.

The Dean is responsible for academic leadership of the College, administration of ongoing programs and resources, program development and assessment, promotion and maintenance of effective relations with the community, development of effective fund-raising strategies, and maintenance of productive administrative relations at UMD and with other units of the University of Minnesota system. The Dean reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration on the Duluth campus.

The College of Liberal Arts consists of the following departments: American Indian Studies, Communication, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Writing Studies. In addition, students may earn a major or minor in Criminology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, and Urban and Regional Studies. The College supports the following programs: Center for Addiction Studies, Center for Community and Regional Research, Center for Crime and Justice Studies, Center for Ethics and Public Policy, Center for Genocide, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Geographic Information Sciences Laboratory, Royal D. Alworth Institute for International Studies, and Upward Bound Vision Quest. Programs offered include 44 undergraduate majors and minors, and three master's degrees (Criminology, English, and Advocacy and Political Leadership). The College currently enrolls 2,118 undergraduate and 91 graduate students. Presently there are 84 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 33 full-time term faculty, and 36 civil service and professional staff.

The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished teaching and scholarship appropriate for a senior faculty appointment within an academic department in the College of Liberal Arts. The Dean will be committed to creating a vibrant academic and intellectual climate in the College exercising creative and consultative leadership and working effectively with a diverse and multi-disciplinary unionized faculty, staff, student body and other units of the University. It is expected that the Dean will encourage and promote the recognition, understanding, and respect of cultural and human diversity within the College, as well as across campus. The successful candidate will also exhibit a demonstrated ability to develop external relations with the public and private sectors in support of the College’s programs and will demonstrate success in fund-raising efforts.

Required qualifications:
• an earned doctorate or its equivalent in a field within the College of Liberal Arts,
• a minimum of three years of administrative experience as a department head or equivalent,
• a record of teaching, research and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of associate professor in the College,
• a proven record of administrative leadership and managerial and budgetary experience,
• excellent communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:
• a minimum of three years of academic administrative experience above the level of department head,
• a record of teaching, research and service that meets the qualifications necessary to be tenured at the rank of professor in the College,
• a record of creative, consultative leadership,
• a record of support for the importance of teaching, advising, and basic and applied research,
• demonstrated support of curriculum and program development,
• a record of promoting and increasing diversity,
• a record of developing external relations with the public and private sectors,
• a record of successful fund-raising,
• a record of working effectively with a diverse and multi-disciplinary unionized faculty, staff, student body and other units of the University.

A complete application must be submitted online and include (1) a Letter of Application expressing interest, availability, experiences and strengths as they relate to the position description and qualifications; (2) a current Resume; (3) the name, address, phone number and email address for four References who may be contacted; and (4) a Personal Statement detailing the applicant’s affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity accomplishments and philosophy (Additional Document 1).

References will be contacted for those applicants whose credentials and accomplishments match well with the mission and needs of the college and campus.

The successful applicant must submit an official transcript of highest degree received and will be subject to a background check.

The search committee will begin review of complete applications December 27, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2010.

For additional information contact Dr. Bilin Tsai, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, by email: btsai@d.umn.edu or by phone: 218/726-7220.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

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