Kean University in Union, New Jersey has grown into a comprehensive, global institution of higher education serving a diverse enrollment of more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Kean’s mission is to provide an affordable, accessible and world-class education that prepares students to think and respond critically and creatively in a rapidly changing world. Kean distinguishes itself through excellence in academics, strategic investments in both research and cultural facilities and initiatives and a commitment to the success of every student. Dedicated to preparing students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning and fulfilling lives, Kean offers a broad range of disciplines, the expertise of a diverse and world-savvy faculty and a student-centered learning environment and campus community. The University sits on three adjoining campus sites in Union County, NJ covering 180 acres, two miles from Newark Liberty International Airport and thirty minutes from New York City, with additional locations in Ocean County, NJ - Kean Ocean and Jefferson Township, NJ - Kean Skylands. Kean University also operates a unique, additional location in Wenzhou, China.
The College of Liberal Arts is composed of six schools: Communication, Media and Journalism; English Studies; Fine and Performing Arts; General Studies; Psychology; and Social Sciences. The Department of History and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies also report to the Dean.
Under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean acts as the senior academic and administrative officer of the College of Liberal Arts and assumes overall responsibility for the development, modification and administration of programs and personnel necessary to meet the academic needs of the students served by the college and for the fostering of excellence in programs, instruction and research within the college disciplines. The Dean is the chief academic, administrative and scheduling officer of the college and is also responsible for implementing all University policies pertaining to the college. This position requires travel and a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.
Qualifications: A terminal degree or combination of experience in an academic or professional field related to the disciplines within the college; a record of distinguished academic or professional achievement; and a minimum of five years of progressive experience in a higher education environment combining academic instruction, scholarly attainment and administration or the equivalent as determined by the university. Experience in related management fields, research organizations or not-for-profit entities is also acceptable. Other qualifications include: the ability to lead through collaborative and shared decision making; the ability to sustain a strong and collegial relationship with faculty, staff, students and administrators; a successful record in budget development and strategic planning; the ability to effectively balance advocacy for the college with the needs of the wider University community; an understanding of the role of information technology; the ability to work with a culturally diverse population; and a demonstrated ability to interact with the broader business, education and research and development communities.
Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Search Committee Chairperson, College of Liberal Arts Dean Search, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required prior to appointment.