Dean, College of Science and Engineering

Magnolia, Arkansas, United States

Job description

Southern Arkansas University (SAU) invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Science and Engineering. The selected candidate will begin duties on July 1, 2018.

SAU, the fastest growing university in the state, is a public regional institution with a total enrollment of approximately 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students and over 350 faculty and staff. Our campus is located in Magnolia, a city of 11,000 in rural southwest Arkansas, approximately 50 miles east of Texarkana and 140 miles southwest of Little Rock. SAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information is available at

Duties include: Provide visionary administration and academic leadership; promote excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, advising and assessment; undertake creative initiatives for recruitment and retention; oversee curriculum development; identify local and global opportunities for the College and University; develop and execute effective strategic plans; foster collaborations and team-building; expand relations and community outreach; participate in fund raising and grant writing; promote faculty and student research; prepare and manage the College budget; teach one class per year and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Earned doctorate in a field related to one of the departments of the College; a record of teaching, scholarship, and service consistent with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor; three years of administrative experience as dean, associate dean, department chair, or in some other capacity; effective oral and written communication skills; scholarly accomplishments, such as publications in refereed journals/transactions, research awards and/or success in securing external funding. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in faculty/staff development and experience with assessment and accreditation. All SAU faculty and staff demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and diversity of the University community and excellence in interpersonal behaviors and effective collaboration with colleagues. Joining the SAU family requires a commitment to our culture of Continuous Quality Improvement.

How to apply

Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the contact information of five (5) references to or the Office of Human Resources, Southern Arkansas University, 100 E. University, MSC 9288, Magnolia, AR 71753. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The review of applications will begin January 5, 2018. AA/EOE. Non-listed references may be contacted.

Southern Arkansas University is a unique, yet comprehensive liberal arts uni­versity at the heart of southern Arkansas. Established in 1909, SAU has built on its foundation tied to the region’s agricultural past and continues to grow while expand­ing its tradition of success into more than 60 degrees in four distinct colleges. The University is committed to providing the best tools, programs, services and oppor­tunities with qualified professors dedicated to helping their students reach their educa­tional goals and professional future.