Dean of University College

Kennesaw, Georgia, United States

Job description

Kennesaw State University (KSU) invites nominations and applications for the Dean of the University College (UC). KSU is a rapidly growing and progressive university in Georgia’s public system of higher education.


Founded in 2004 under the leadership of President Emeritus Betty Siegel, KSU’s University College serves as a model for colleges of the future as it develops innovative and collaborative curricular and co-curricular programs. Now containing three academic departments, the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, the Department of First- Year and Transition Studies, and the newly added Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, the College offers both undergraduate degrees in Integrative Studies and Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality and a graduate degree in First-Year Studies. The college is also the home of the Leadership Studies certificate program. Each of the College’s programs are interdisciplinary and reflect the importance of integrative learning across disciplines for today’s students seeking to enter a 21st century workforce.

KSU’s University College is one of twelve degree-granting academic colleges. The Department of First-Year and Transition Studies has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top institutions for a First-Year Experience program in “America’s Best Colleges” edition for 13 years. UC also serves as the academic home for the Center for Student Leadership, the Advising Office for New, Exploratory, and Students in Transition (the NEST) and Orientation and Transition Programs.

While University College functions like many other degree-granting colleges, it has several distinguishing factors. First, the college serves a large majority of KSU’s undergraduates through its first-year seminars, transfer student seminars, Senior-Year Experience courses, Leadership Studies courses, and academic support services like the SMART Center and Supplemental Instruction. While University College is proud to have its own majors, it is also focused on promoting academic excellence and student success for all KSU’s undergraduates.


The Dean of the University College reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and provides leadership and support for a variety of curricular, co-curricular, and administrative activities. UC partners with the Division of Student Success and other units to ensure outstanding support services for students at KSU, including advising, orientation, and special student support initiatives.

The Dean oversees all UC responsibilities including strategic planning, budgeting, new and existing academic support initiatives, degree programs, and personnel. In addition to a number of administrative staff, direct reports include an associate and assistant dean, chairs for the Department of First Year and Transition Studies and the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, as well as the director of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.

UC has exemplary faculty and staff who are dedicated to placing students at the center of teaching, research, creative activities, and professional service. UC houses approximately 70 full-time faculty members and staff, including 26 tenured or tenure-track faculty from a variety of disciplines, as well as approximately 73 adjunct faculty members and part-time staff.

The successful candidate is expected to have the following:

  • Demonstrated success in an academic leadership position, especially during major institutional restructuring, or operational change
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners and foster community engagement
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple campuses and instructional sites
  • Commitment to shared governance and collaborative leadership
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Experience with innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, including online education
  • Evidence of success in grant writing and/or external resource acquisition
  • Demonstrated success as a scholar and scholar-practitioner
  • Evidence of commitment to faculty and staff development, including promotion and tenure mentorship and internal leadership development strategies


  • Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  • Outstanding record of achievement in teaching excellence and scholarly activities which would qualify for tenure at the rank of full professor
  • Minimum of five years of academic administration, including management of personnel and budget, evaluation of academic programs, and assessment of student learning outcomes


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive university recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit, global engagement and sense of community. Now the third largest university in Georgia, the university has become a destination campus offering students a broad spectrum of quality academics, a growing and vibrant campus life, award-winning dining facilities, and a wide array of athletic offerings. With nationally ranked degrees in business, engineering and first-year programs, as well as premier teaching, nursing, architecture, science and math programs, KSU is poised to become Georgia’s next world-class institution.

Located just north of Atlanta and offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, as well as an instructional site in Montepulciano, the university combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities.

Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, national and global level.

How to apply

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (with a letter of interest, a complete CV, and a list of at least four references that includes contact information), or expression of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting Kennesaw State University. Review of materials will begin immediately, and continue until an appointment is made. Please submit nominations and applications by February 13, 2017. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. The successful applicant will be required to send academic degree transcripts to Kennesaw State University. Background checks will be conducted prior to taking the position.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Grant Higgison, Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta GA, 30328
Tel: 770-804-1996 ext. 109 || Fax: 770-804-1917 ||

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. Georgia is an Open Records state.

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program.