Dean, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

Job description

Central Michigan University (CMU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. CMU seeks a creative, inspiring, collaborative, and experienced leader with a record of scholarly accomplishment who can work with a dynamic faculty and administration to continue to advance its national reputation in teaching and research. The Dean will support a student-centered education that fosters personal and intellectual growth and prepares students for productive careers, meaningful lives, and responsible citizenship in a global society.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Central Michigan University is one of the nation’s 80 largest public universities and the fourth largest in Michigan, with more than 21,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at more than 50 locations across North America. CMU offers academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels across eight colleges.

The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences consists of the departments of English Language & Literature; World Languages and Cultures; History; Military Science; Philosophy and Religion; Political Science & Public Administration; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. It includes a number of interdisciplinary programs including Museum Studies, Neuroscience, Women and Gender Studies, and Cultural and Global Studies. It is also home to the English Language Institute, the Cultural and Natural History Museum, and the Center for International Ethics. In addition to undergraduate programs, several departments within the College offer masters programs. The College offers Ph.D. programs in History, Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, School Psychology and in Neuroscience.

Within a responsibility centered management model, the budget of the College is $31,476,209. The faculty is comprised of over 150 tenure/tenure track and over 100 part-time and teaching faculty dedicated to the mission of the college and excellence in teaching, sharing their industry and professional experience. Enrollment includes 2,530 undergraduate majors, over 1,100 minors, 213 master’s and 130 doctoral degree seeking students.

The Dean is responsible for all operations of the College and provides leadership regarding graduate and undergraduate education both on- and off-campus and online. The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President/Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans, Academic Senate, and Academic Planning Council.

Minimum qualifications include: academic credentials in a discipline within the College, and academic achievements appropriate for appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in one of its departments; demonstrated success in administrative and academic leadership; significant budgeting and financial planning experience; history of innovative program development; cognizance of pedagogical, research, and clerical needs related to technology; demonstrated record of advocacy for social justice; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion; evidence of commitment to shared governance; evidence of effective interpersonal communication skills; ability and willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally, to support student/faculty recruitment, program development, and fundraising opportunities; evidence of effective advocacy for all disciplines represented within the College, and for the importance of the humanities and social sciences as the foundation of a quality education in any discipline; and an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to public higher education. The Dean works closely with the several other academic college deans as well as other administrative leaders, department chairs, and program coordinators.

Preferred qualifications include: a record of success in securing external funding, including both alumni and corporate/foundation support; teaching or other experience with meeting the pedagogical challenges of contemporary university teaching; experience as a department chair, associate dean, dean or equivalent academic leadership role; history of fostering access to education through traditional, alternative, digital and international programs; experience establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships; and experience working with individuals within a collective bargaining environment.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, and the contact information for five professional references should be forwarded to the email address below.

How to apply

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest should be forwarded to:

Steve Leo, Partner
Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity within its community (see