Dean - College of Liberal Studies

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: La Crosse, WISCONSIN

Position Information

Recruitment Number 688
Working Title Dean - College of Liberal Studies
Position Type Staff/Administrative
Appointment Percentage 100
Division/College College of Liberal Studies
Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The College of Liberal Studies (CLS) includes departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, as well as the School of Arts and Communication. CLS continues the established liberal studies tradition of providing many curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.

CLS is dedicated to providing quality instruction and learning experiences which prepare students for future education or careers and meaningful, responsible lives by fostering a climate of intellectual curiosity and creativity. Graduates of the college will have developed the ability to communicate effectively, to think critically, to conduct sound research, to understand global issues, to use knowledge in all aspects of life, to participate meaningfully as citizens, and to discover and apply worthwhile values.

CLS faculty and staff are committed to maintaining academic integrity and high ethical standards. CLS, through its faculty, students, and curricula, also is dedicated to advancing cultural diversity. Furthermore, by developing partnerships and encouraging professional connections, the college establishes its membership in the broader community.

The academic community within the College of Liberal Studies supports a strong general education program, nurtures exceptional disciplinary programs, and creates innovative interdisciplinary and international programs, which together promote lifelong personal and professional learning.

Position Summary

The Dean of the College of Liberal Studies reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides leadership and coordination of academic programs in the college and works with the respective departments and programs in ongoing planning activities. Primary responsibilities include general administration of all college programs and the oversight of curricular, budgetary, program and faculty development. The Dean is responsible for providing the overall vision and leadership for the college, with a clear focus on the social sciences, humanities, & the arts; innovation, inter- and cross-disciplinary activities; undergraduate, graduate, and general education. The Dean will have a strong focus on diversity and a commitment to Inclusive Excellence, as well as a commitment to UW-La Crosse’s mission as a public, comprehensive university. The Dean is expected to work smoothly with shared governance and collaboratively with the other college deans while advocating for the needs of the College of Liberal Studies.

Required Qualifications

Academic Credentials: The Dean will have a proven record of teaching and scholarship sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor and tenure in one of the departments of the college with an earned doctorate or terminal degree from a regionally accredited university.

Leadership and Administrative Experience: strong record of relevant, progressively responsible administrative and management experience in academia, including evidence of strong budget and personnel skills.

A demonstrated commitment to ethical, honest, and transparent leadership practices.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with fundraising and building external relationships with alumni, donors, businesses, non-profits, and the arts community.

Evidence of data-driven decision making associated with university and college values determined by strategic planning.

Evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Familiarity and experience with current assessment and accreditation practices.

Demonstrated record of leadership resulting in continuing improvement and innovation.

Experience with global education and internationalization efforts.

Record of leadership in grants acquisition.

Physical Demands
Working conditions and environment

Evening and weekend work as well as travel may be required.

Miscellaneous Information


These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement Position Responsibilities
Duties to Support Responsibility

a. Supervising all academic units of the college, including all departments and programs, both graduate and undergraduate, and non-academic support programs, as specified in and allowed for according to university policy.

b. Providing leadership and oversight in planning, implementing, and assessing academic programming.

c. Developing and implementing the strategic plan for the college in consultation with faculty and staff of the college and in the context of UWL and UW-System strategic planning efforts.

d. Overseeing all aspects of the college budget, including but not limited to strategic budget planning; the distribution and reconciliation of funds allocated/awarded to departments, programs, and individuals; grants received (both internal and external); revenue-generating operations housed within the college; salaries and stipends; equipment; and partnerships with external entities.

e. Fostering the development of strategic relationships between college programs and external educational and business entities, both public and private.

f. Working with the UW-L Foundation, the Provost/Vice Chancellor, faculty, staff, and students to develop and maintain relationships with alumni and private and corporate sponsors to further enhance fundraising efforts in support of the college mission.

g. Demonstrating a commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

h. Leadership in faculty and college grant acquisition, and support of faculty scholarship, research and creative activities.

i. Fostering a positive working and learning environment that supports and rewards excellence in teaching, research, and service in the college.

j. Carrying out personnel actions as specified in and allowed for according to university policy for faculty, instructional academic staff, and non-instructional support staff housed within the college, including but not limited to those actions related to recruitment and hiring, renewal of probationary faculty, tenure, promotion, suspension, termination, sabbaticals, and leaves of absence.

k. Representing and advocating for the College of Liberal Studies to upper administration, to the university community, and to external entities.

l. Providing leadership for the college and university’s commitment to enhance diversity, equity, and work-life balance.

m. Providing leadership in developing and carrying out effective marketing strategies and student recruitment efforts.

n. Ensuring adequate and appropriately outfitted facilities to house the activities of the college, and which meet appropriate health and safety guidelines, including but not limited to instruction, research, faculty and administrative office space.

o. Representing the college on internal committees, councils and boards, including but not limited to Joint Promotion Committee, Joint Planning and Budget, Deans’ Council, Provost’s council, and Enrollment Management Council.

p. Representing the university on UW-System committees, as appropriate.

q. Travel via air and/or ground in exercise of job duties and responsibilities, including (but not limited to) attending domestic and/or international professional conferences, alumni relations, and outreach activities.

Percentage Of Time 100
Essential Yes


These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement Additional Duties
Duties to Support Responsibility

a. Fundraising and public-private relationship building.

b. Building on, as well as developing new, internationalization opportunities for the college.

c. Work collaboratively and effectively on a wide assortment of projects across disciplines.

d. Utilizing data to build consensus for both faculty and administrative initiatives.

e. Managing multiple tasks simultaneously with attention to detail, deadlines, and decision making.

f. Demonstrating a commitment to UW-La Crosse’s mission as a public, comprehensive university with a history of shared governance.

g. Serving as a model of collaborative leadership across the college and campus.

Percentage Of Time
Essential No

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Posting Date 08/01/2018
Close Date
Continuous Recruitment Yes
Continuous Recruitment First Review Date 10/08/2018
Position Contact Name Joe Anderson, Search and Screen Chair
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