(Deadline to apply: November 16, 2018)
Saint Vincent College seeks an exceptional academic leader for the position of Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is one of three Schools that house the College’s academic programs. It was established in July of 2018 and consists of the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Modern and Classical Languages, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Theology and Visual Arts. The Saint Vincent Gallery and the College’s Stage and Theatre programs are also part of the School; the Saint Vincent College Drug and Alcohol Prevention Projects and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media are associated with the School. More information on the College can be found here and more information on the School and the programs can be found here.
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and names and contact information for at least three references. To ensure full consideration, a complete application should be received by November 16, 2018.
All applications should be submitted to Saint Vincent College Human Resource Department. Electronic submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org are preferred. Otherwise, applications can be sent to
Human Resources Director
Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650-2690
Saint Vincent College is a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts and sciences college of about 1600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. Saint Vincent College is located about thirty-five miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a pleasant suburban/rural environment near the foothills of the Laurel Mountains. Saint Vincent is an equal opportunity employer.
This position requires the incumbent to be able to fully embrace the unique mission and identity of the College as a Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts and sciences institution. Saint Vincent College is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. EOE. PLEASE NOTE: Background checks will be performed on all new faculty, staff and adjunct positions. Hiring is contingent on proof of eligibility to work in the United States and satisfactory completion of a background check and clearances among other requirements.
Qualifications for the Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Saint Vincent College
Candidates must have . . .
- a terminal degree and academic record of excellent teaching, service and scholarly or creative work qualifying for an appointment and teaching duties within the School at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor,
- at least 10 years of academic or professional experience with a record of increasing responsibility including administrative experience equivalent to the role of a Chairperson or Dean,
- a commitment to advancing the Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and sciences mission of Saint Vincent College, and
- an academic leadership style that models the principles of servant leadership in the Catholic, Benedictine traditions [e.g. Mk 10:43-4, ABCU Benedictine Hallmarks, and Sister Thomas Welder’s TEDx talk];
- facilitates collaboration among and between all constituencies within the School, College and externalcommunities; and
- fosters student and faculty success promoting scholarly and creative work.
It is highly desirable that candidates have . . .
- participated substantially in strategic planning, academic assessment and improvement, or program accreditation,
- engaged in or led curricular or pedagogical improvement, particularly involving the integration of technology to enhance and improve student learning,
- demonstrated success in grant-seeking or development, and
- shepherded faculty through the tenure stream and/or earned tenure themselves (if they work/worked at a tenure-granting institution).
The successful candidate will have a record of leadership that would demonstrate the ability to implement the mission and strategy of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences which includes. . .
- supporting an institutional, mission-driven commitment for curricular innovation in synchrony with both the rich tradition of Benedictine education and the ever changing demands of 21st century higher education.
- developing, assessing, prioritizing and improving existing and new academic programs including the core curriculum.
- attracting highly-qualified faculty and staff and collaborating with admissions to recruit undergraduate and graduate students to programs within the School,
- utilizing the advances in technology for campus-wide access to expanded resources to enrich student learning, particularly within the core curriculum.
- facilitating the integration of the programs and opportunities in early learning and children’s media at the Fred Rogers Center into the academic programming of the School.
Position Title: Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Reports to: Vice President for Academic Affairs
Supervises: Administrative Assistant; Department Chairpersons of the School
The Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the School. Provides leadership and oversight in matters of curriculum, budget, evaluation and development of programs, management of faculty and staff, external relationships and fund raising.
Develops collaborative relationships with Deans, administrators, faculty, and staff across the College community, as well as, with key members of the community, business, industry, government, alumni and other institutions. Encourages the active participation and development of members of the Council of Advisors.
Provides general supervision and oversight for Centers and Programs operated under the auspices of the School. The term School, as used herein, is assumed to mean School and Centers and all duties apply equally to both entities.
1. Manages and provides leadership to the Chairpersons and faculty of the School and the Directors and employees of the appropriate Centers. This includes but is not limited to:
- Evaluates faculty members and Chairpersons of the departments within the School and the Directors of the appropriate Centers. Reviews and provides preliminary approval of the Chairpersons’ recommendations on tenure, promotion and other career actions prior to submission to the Vice President.
- Determines employment criteria for the School and Chairpersons employment and search committees.
- Provides final approval of all employment decisions with respect to hiring within the School.
- Designs, evaluates, and oversees individual development initiatives for members of the School.
- Promotes faculty and staff welfare and professional development and a collegial and participatory culture within the School and the College.
2. Manages the active participation and support of the Council of Advisors in the effective and successful governance of the School.
- Develops effective relationships with the members of the Council of Advisors for the School.
- Conducts regular substantive meetings with the Council to solicit input and participation, as well as, to provide feedback on the programs and progress of the school.
- Provides regular communication with the members to encourage ongoing dialog throughout the year.
- Works with members of the Council to identify and develop internships, graduate and professional school and career opportunities for students.
- Works with members of the Council to identify and develop sources of academic and financial support for the School.
3. Provides direction in the design and development of the curriculum and programs of the School and each of the departments within the School. This duty includes but is not limited to:
- Reviews and approves the departmental statement of objectives, and the major and minor requirements.
- Recommends and/or reviews for approval the design and implementation of new curriculum.
- Conducts ongoing departmental assessments.
- Encourages development of an environment which enhances the learning experience and academic excellence.
4. Develops and manages relationships with all constituencies of the School. This duty includes but is not limited to:
- Identifies and develops relationships with local community organizations, businesses, industries and government entities.
- Identifies and develops relationships with alumni, foundations, business and government entities, other institutions, and those who could be called on to support, or who could benefit from, relationships with the School.
- Provides leadership and fosters collaborative relationships among the members of the School and the larger College community and facilitates interdisciplinary initiatives.
- Identifies and develops relationships that will enhance internships, graduate school and career opportunities.
5. Provides leadership and direction in fund raising for, and marketing of the School. This duty includes but is not limited to:
- Works with the President and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement to identify, develop and nurture sources and potential sources of funding for the School and the College.
- Works with other Schools, Vice Presidents, and departments of the College on marketing and advertising initiatives to recruit and retain a high quality student population.
6. Provides leadership in managing the implementation of the Schools mission and strategy and insuring that it is supportive of the mission and strategy of the College. Promotes high understanding of, and commitment to, the Mission of the College
- Exhibits a commitment to the Mission of the College, academic excellence, diversity, and outreach to the constituencies of the School, and demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal skills.
- Maintains an academic presence by teaching one course per semester and engaging in research, writing and other scholarly activities.
- Prepares and manages the fiscal budget for the School.