Western Connecticut State University
School of Professional Studies
Western Connecticut State University is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the position of Dean for the School of Professional Studies.
The School of Professional Studies (SPS) is comprised of four departments: Education & Education Psychology, Health Promotion & Exercise Science, Nursing, and Social Work. Undergraduate degrees are offered in each of these professional fields, as well as Master’s degrees in Nursing and Education & Education Psychology, and Doctoral degrees in Education and Nursing. For more information please visit www.wcsu.edu/sps/
Western is located in Danbury, a city in Fairfield County, 50 miles north of New York City. The University is located on two campuses and serves over 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. Western is one of four comprehensive universities that comprise the Connecticut State University System. Western is divided into the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Professional Studies, School of Visual & Performing Arts, and Ancell School of Business. For more information please visit: www.wcsu.edu
Position Summary: Reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean will be responsible for promoting, developing, and sustaining the School’s educational, scholarly, and public service programs. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader, able to build consensus in and between departments, and cultivate innovation in teaching and scholarship. Through appropriate mentoring of faculty, and a clear understanding of emerging trends in higher education, the Dean will help the SPS become the regional resource for outstanding programs in education, health, and human service professions.
● Demonstrated record of teaching, scholarship, and service including a doctoral degree in a field appropriate to the School’s curricula. Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration is preferred.
● Evidence of progressively increasing administrative experience, to include: evaluating faculty, managing budgets, developing curriculum, designing assessment plans, and participating in accreditation processes.
● Experience with innovative pedagogies such as simulation labs, on-line or hybrid course delivery intensive field experiences, or problem-based learning.
● Demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse teaching and learning environment.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies, including communicating the school’s value to potential funders.
● Experience with shared governance and collective bargaining agreements preferred.
Western is committed to enhancing our diverse university community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.
Salary & Benefits: The minimum starting salary is $119,000. In addition to offering competitive salaries commensurate with candidates’ experience, Western offers a comprehensive benefits package. Additional information on benefits can be found at www.wcsu.edu/hr/benefits/.
Application Process: Interested applicants must submit a letter of application, which outlines the applicant’s potential to contribute to the advancement of the School of Professional Studies and the University and describe how his/her experience corresponds with the requested qualifications; a current curriculum vitae; and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of four (4) professional references. Application materials (PDF format preferred) must be submitted via email to Ms. Peggy Boyle, Assistant Director of Human Resources – Recruitment: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials must be received by Friday, February 23, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.