Dean College of Arts and Sciences

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Greenville, SOUTH CAROLINA

Posting Details

Job Title Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Position Number 933601
Vacancy Open to ECU Employees
Department AAH College of Arts and Sciences
Department Homepage
Advertising Department OFFICE OF THE PROVOST,AA
Division Academic Affairs
Classification Title Dean
Working Title Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Number of Vacancies 1
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Full Time or Part Time Full Time
Recruitment Range Commensurate with Qualifications
Position Location (City) Greenville
Position Type Non-Faculty
Job Category Non-Faculty Senior Administrative
Organizational Unit Overview

Harriot College, with nearly 500 faculty members, is the largest academic unit at ECU. The three divisions of the college – the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics – offer 36 undergraduate degrees, 18 master’s degrees, 5 doctoral degrees, and 20 pre- and post-baccalaureate certificates through 15 departments and 16 interdisciplinary programs.

Job Duties

Internal Search

The Dean of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences will integrate the mission of the College with that of the University and provide inspiration for advances in teaching, research, and service.

As the chief executive officer of the College, the Dean works with faculty and staff representing the College’s departments, programs, and centers, oversees strategic planning, advancement, and budget development, and guides resource allocation, teaching, research, service, outreach, and administration. The Dean supports shared governance and promotes a diverse and collegial environment.


Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, the Dean is responsible for overseeing the largest academic unit at East Carolina University. The Dean provides strategic, collaborative leadership promoting the importance of a liberal arts education throughout the University.

The incoming Dean will:

Support a large and diverse faculty, overseeing faculty recruitment and development, promotion and tenure, and the appointment of department chairs, associate deans, interdisciplinary directors, and research directors, and serve as liaison between the College and the University’s Division of Academic Affairs.

Shape program and curriculum development, encourage innovations in teaching and learning, establish faculty workloads, and make decisions about areas for new faculty hiring.

Promote the liberal arts within the University and advocate for College academic priorities during budgeting processes.

Foster and promote development and growth of research programs within the departments and centers of Harriot College, and collaboration among researchers within the University community.

Develop a strategy to address the economic, demographic, and technological trends that impact student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

Work collaboratively with other Deans on priorities and programs identified through the University’s strategic planning process, interdisciplinary programs, and inter-college programs.

Provide leadership and a high degree of personal involvement in resource acquisition for the College, including the cultivation of local resources and the development of a larger base of donors, including alumni.

This appointment is contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience

The successful candidate will be a distinguished, nationally recognized educator with a record of distinction in scholarship and in leadership and administration. This position requires an earned terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College and qualifications for appointment with permanent tenure at the rank of Professor.

It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship and a strong capacity for facilitating collaboration within the University community. In addition, the successful candidate must have an established record of effectiveness beyond the departmental level, with experience in strategic planning, budgetary management, administrative processes, academic policy, fundraising, and faculty and staff recruitment and retention.

Experience administering Ph.D. programs is preferred.

Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and conferred by the time of hire.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Special Instructions to Applicant

Applicants should submit the following documents as part of their applicant profile in PeopleAdmin:

1. A curriculum vitae
2. A letter of interest that includes a statement of administrative philosophy, experience, and how the candidate’s qualifications match the position description
3. The names and contact information of three references
4. Statement of the candidate’s vision for the college
5. And a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Two to three original letters of reference are required for employment. Please be aware that if selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered towards meeting this requirement.

Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Job Open Date 05/13/2020
Open Until Filled No
Job Close Date - Positions will be posted until 11:59 p.m. EST on this date. If no closing date is indicated, the position may close at any time after the initial screening date. 05/27/2020
Initial Screening Begins 05/27/2020
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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

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