Launched in 2012, Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU) offers a unique model of higher education in partnership with Kean University, a comprehensive, public university in the state of New Jersey. WKU is approved by the Ministry of Education of China and is approved as an additional location of Kean University by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Wenzhou-Kean University sits on approximately 500 beautiful acres, currently enrolls 2,500 undergraduate students and is now in the midst of a growth phase that will bring enrollment to more than 5,000 students within the next six years. All instruction is in English and all curriculum is provided by Kean University. In addition to its current 17 undergraduate programs, WKU has been approved to offer 8 Master’s and 3 Doctorate programs. Wenzhou is one of the most vibrant and economically advanced cities on China’s East Coast, located one hour by plane and just over three hours by high-speed train from Shanghai.
The Associate Dean is the chief academic administrator of the College of Liberal Arts at Wenzhou-Kean University. Under the direction of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the Union, NJ campus and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in China, the Associate Dean is responsible for managing academic and faculty operations and overseeing the general administration of all aspects of the College. The Associate Dean may also be required to teach courses in addition to assigned managerial duties and responsibilities. This position is located at the Wenzhou-Kean University campus in Wenzhou, China but travel is required to the Kean USA campus on an as needed basis.
Qualifications: Doctorate degree from an accredited institution in a discipline of liberal arts; demonstrated excellence in university teaching; a strong record of scholarly/creative and professional accomplishment; and a minimum of four years of progressive experience in higher education or a similar environment combining academic instruction and administration or the equivalent as determined by the University. Six years of progressive administrative leadership experience including management of personnel, budget, resources and curriculum at or above the level of department chair or program director in higher education or a similar environment is preferred. Experience with teaching/living abroad and sensitivity to cultural differences is also preferred. The candidate must have demonstrated innovative leadership in promoting faculty instructional excellence and research/scholarly productivity; demonstrated commitment to faculty and student engagement and success; proven ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, university administrators, alumni and the community; a clear strategic vision for advancement of the College; and a demonstrated commitment to student recruitment and retention.
Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until an appointment is made. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required before appointment.