Vacancy # 14E015
Position # 1303

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) seeks an accomplished, energetic and visionary individual to lead the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The preferred start date is July 1, 2014. As the college’s senior academic leader, the dean will sustain and improve UNCW’s standing as an institution of regional and national recognition for the quality of its research and student-focused programs. The university is committed to:  the central role of the liberal arts and sciences within a public comprehensive university; innovation in its operation and activities; diversity in enrollment and employment; enhancing the ties between faculty and student research, scholarship and creative activity; expanding the international character of the student body and curriculum; interdisciplinary approaches; and increasing the integration of teaching and research.  Applied learning, in which students gain hands-on experience with the skills of their major field, is a longstanding hallmark of the student experience in the college and is a central element of the institution’s newly adopted Quality Enhancement Plan.  As well, the college plays an important role in the delivery of the institution’s recently implemented and distinctive general education curriculum, University Studies.

UNCW, the state’s coastal university, is located in historic Wilmington, NC, a vibrant seaport community of more than 100,000 located between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Founded in 1947, UNC Wilmington is one of the fastest growing institutions in the UNC system and one of the premier comprehensive institutions in the Southeast.  UNCW has 14,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Health & Human Services.  The park-like campus is situated on 660 acres that include a rich diversity of coastal pine and natural wetlands.  Located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway seven miles from central campus is UNCW’s CREST Research Park, which houses the Center for Marine Science, state-of-the-art marine research facilities that serve the scholarly and teaching interests of many UNCW faculty, staff and students.  UNCW enjoys a cordial and productive relationship with the greater community of Wilmington.

Role of the Dean:

The dean provides leadership and vision for the college, which currently offers 39 undergraduate majors (10 of which can also be completed with licensure), three combined baccalaureate/master’s degree programs, 15 master’s degree programs, a Ph.D.  program in marine biology, 51 disciplinary and interdisciplinary minors, two undergraduate and three graduate certificate programs, five post-baccalaureate programs, and four joint programs in engineering. The dean oversees curriculum and program development, accreditation and assessment, faculty and staff matters, budget administration, academic facilities planning and use, strategic planning for the College, and fundraising and resource development initiatives.

The College of Arts and Sciences, UNCW’s largest academic unit, employs 439 full-time and 135 part-time faculty members and 54 support staff.  The college awards approximately 70% of the university’s academic credits. Three associate deans, one budget officer, three executive assistants, and a Director of Assessment currently assist the dean.


Application Procedures: 

Screening of applications will begin October 18, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. A letter of application addressing the position qualifications and describing administrative philosophy and a current curriculum vitae should be sent via the online application process available on the Web at  – not e-mailed or mailed. MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are strongly preferred.  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jennifer Coombs at 910-962-3196 or Finalists will be contacted for the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of five professional references. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.



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